Ecology of Chanos chanos
Main Ref. Schuster, W.H., 1960
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Chanos chanos may be found.
Remarks Feeds on algae as well as on zooplankton and benthic invertebrates (Ref. 11889).Temperature is the prime factor responsible for limiting the habitat of the species to tropical and subtropical regions of the Indian and the Pacific Ocean. Also, susceptibility to predation limits the distribution of the species.


Substrate Soft Bottom
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Halwart, M. and M.V. Gupta, 2004


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type ref Schuster, W.H., 1960
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit ref Schuster, W.H., 1960
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 2.03 0.06
Ref. Hiatt, R.W., 1944
From individual food items 2.40 0.20 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Luna, Susan M. on 10.19.90
Modified by Casal, Christine Marie V. on 04.02.18
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