Ecology of Stiphodon oatea
Main Ref. Keith, P., E. Feunteun and E. Vigneux, 2009
Remarks Stiphodon oatea is found in clear and calm streams with sandy or slightly rocky bottom and large pools. It lives on the bottom of the river. This species was observed from sea level to 40 meters high in altitude. This species is thought to spawn in freshwater, like Sicyopterus (Keith et al., 2004), Sicydium (Bell et al., 1995) Cotylopus (Keith et al., 2005), Lentipes (Watson et al., 2002), Awaous (Keith et al., 2000), Akihito (Watson et al., 2007; Keith et al., 2007a) or the other Stiphodon (Watson et al. 2005), with free embryos drifting downstream to the sea where they undergo a planktonic phase, before returning to the rivers to grow and reproduce (Keith, 2003; Keith et al., 2008). Hence they are qualified as amphidromous (sensu McDowall, 1997). These gobies contribute most to the diversity of fish communities in the Indo-Pacific insular systems, have the highest levels of endemism (Keith et al., 2006; Lord and Keith, 2007) and must be protected (Keith and Marion, 2002).

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 Stiphodon oatea may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
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Associated with
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Feeding type
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Feeding habit
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Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
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