Ecology of Gunnellichthys monostigma
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., G.R. Allen and R.C. Steene, 1990
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • 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 Gunnellichthys monostigma may be found.
Remarks Found over open sandy areas, sometimes with sparse plant growth. Reported to be solitary and feeds on small benthic and pelagic crustaceans (Ref. 2334). Reported by Strasburg (1967) to be common over sandy lagoon bottom in 6 - 20 feet where it hovers 6-12 inches above the substrate and when approached, it dives headfirst into narrow burrows in the sand. Stomach contents include amphipods, harpacticoid copepods, inshore pelagic copepods (Oithona and Acrocalanus), ostracods, shrimps, and crab fragments; thus, this species apparently forages on benthos and can also capture zooplankton (Ref. 48240).


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Myers, R.F., 1991
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit ref Myers, R.F., 1991
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.30 0.41 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 12.22.00
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily on 06.21.05
Checked by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 01.11.01
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