Ecology of Oligoplites saurus
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 1967
Remarks Found inshore, usually along sandy beaches, in bays and inlets (Ref. 9283). Enters estuaries and freshwater (Ref. 9283). Prefers turbid water (Ref. 9283). Occurs in schools, usually large and fast moving, often leaping out of the water (Ref. 9283). Juveniles may float at the surface with tail bent and head down. Feeds on fishes and crustaceans (Ref. 9283). Its dorsal and anal spines are connected to venomous glands that can inflict painful wounds (Ref. 9283).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • 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 Oligoplites saurus may be found.


Substrate : sand;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Smith-Vaniz, W.F., 1995
Associations schooling;
Associated with Scale-eating behavior was suggested to originate from opportunistic foraging on other fishes (cleaning) (Ref. 28733). Mutilators feeding on larger fishes' scales (Ref. 40396).
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Randall, J.E., 1967
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Randall, J.E., 1967
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 4.33 0.53 4.27 0.69 Troph of juv./adults from 2 studies.
From individual food items 3.53 0.52 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Duque-Nivia, G., A. Acero, A. Santos-Martinez and E. Rubio, 1996
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
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