Ecology of Odontaspis ferox
Main Ref. Compagno, L.J.V., 1984
Remarks Found on or near the bottom of the continental and insular shelves and upper slopes (Refs. 6871, 122912) in 13-420 m (Ref. 58472). Sometimes in shallow water (Ref. 6871). Benthopelagic at 13-420 m (Ref. 58302). Nurseries are commonly associated with deep offshore habitats (Ref. 122912). Associated with reefs (Ref. 122912). Reported at an oceanic seamount (Ref. 122914). Feeds on small bony fishes, squids, and crustaceans (Ref. 13568). Uses its long body cavity and large, oily liver to regulate buoyancy.

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 Odontaspis ferox may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs; Other habitats: seamounts;
Special habitats Ref. Richardson, A.J., G.H. Burgess, C.M. Shepherd and S.B. Weber, 2019


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Compagno, L.J.V. and V.H. Niem, 1998
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Compagno, L.J.V. and V.H. Niem, 1998
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 4.16 0.56 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 10.19.00
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 09.28.20
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