Ecology of Moringua microchir
 
Main Ref. Keith, P., G. Marquet, P. Valade, P. Bosc and E. Vigneux, 2006
Remarks Occur in estuaries and lower parts of the rivers at juvenile and immature adult stages in slow-running waters on sandy bottoms. Mature females stay on shallow marine bottoms; males are pelagic (Ref. 57749). Burrowing species (Ref. 75154). Reproduction occurs offshore. Leptocephali migrate to the littoral to follow up with their growth. Feed on fish and invertebrates, especially crustaceans (Ref. 57749).

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 Moringua microchir may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Benthic;
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. Harmelin-Vivien, M.L., 1979
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Harmelin-Vivien, M.L., 1979

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.08 0.14 Troph of juv./adults from 2 studies.
From individual food items 3.87 0.63 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Harmelin-Vivien, M.L., 1979
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 07.23.08
Modified by OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen on 08.13.08
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