Ecology of Hemiemblemaria simula
 
Main Ref. Robins, C.R. and G.C. Ray, 1986
Remarks Lives in holes in coral and rock, but leaves burrow to swim freely in water column. Mimics the bluehead, Thalassoma bifasciatum, in order to get close to small fish and shrimps on which it preys. Also feeds on copepods (Ref. 5521).

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 Hemiemblemaria simula may be found.

Habitat

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

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Böhlke, J.E. and C.C.G. Chaplin, 1993
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Böhlke, J.E. and C.C.G. Chaplin, 1993

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.68 0.55 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 11.04.00
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