Ecology of Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps
Main Ref. Grimes, C.B., K.W. Able and R.S. Jones, 1986
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 Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps may be found.
Remarks Tilefish are shelter-seeking fish which inhabit three more or less distinct habitats: 1) horizontal excavations in clay outcrops along the walls of submarine canyons (pueblo habitats); 2) scour depressions under rocks and boulders and; 3) the primary habitat, funnel-shaped vertical burrows in horizontal clay substrates. Two critical habitat requirements are relatively warm (9-14°C) stable bottom temperaures and the availability of shelter or a malleable substrate in which to construct a shelter (Ref. 33985). Small tilefish is preyed upon by spiny dogfish and conger eels. Parasites of the species include acanthocephalan, Echinorhynchus sp.; immature nematodes, Ascaris sp.; cestodes, Inquirenda sp., bisulcatus and trematodes Distomum foecundum and D. ocreatum (Ref. 5951).


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Grimes, C.B., K.W. Able and R.S. Jones, 1986
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit ref
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.85 0.20 3.46 0.40 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
Ref. Bowman, R.E., C.E. Stillwell, W.L. Michaels and M.D. Grosslein, 2000
From individual food items 3.50 0.60 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 05.05.00
Modified by Valdestamon, Roxanne Rei on 05.12.15
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