Ecology of Argyropelecus aculeatus
Main Ref. Hopkins, T.L. and R.C. Baird, 1985
Remarks An oceanic and mesopelagic species concentrated at 300-600 m by day and 100-300 by night (Refs. 4462, 4739). A selective dusk-time feeder mainly on conchoecid ostracods, to lesser extent on copepods, decapod larvae, fish larvae, etc (Ref. 4739). Adult photophore developing at about 15 mm SL (Ref. 4739).

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 Argyropelecus aculeatus may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Hopkins, T.L. and R.C. Baird, 1985
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref.

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.67 0.17 3.71 0.74 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
From individual food items 3.71 0.47 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Hopkins, T.L. and R.C. Baird, 1985
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 07.16.98
Modified by OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen on 08.28.08
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