Ecology of Stegastes fuscus
Main Ref. Cervigón, F., 1993
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 Stegastes fuscus may be found.
Remarks Recorded with certainty only from the coast of Brazil. Inhabits shallow, coral or rocky bottoms and sometimes near the shore in areas with little visibility. A diurnal species, it feeds on benthic algae, polychaetes and harpaticoid copepods. Adults also consume hydroids and sponges and has been observed to feed on Abudefduf saxatilis eggs at night. 16:21 SL/TL . Cleaned by Elacatinus figaro observed off the coast of São Paulo, southeastern Brazil (Ref. 40102). Also cleaned by Pomacanthus paru observed at the reefs of the Abrolhos Archipelago, off eastern Brazil (Ref. 40094).


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


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Cervigón, F., 1993
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit ref Cervigón, F., 1993
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 0.23 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 10.31.00
Modified by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 10.25.01
Checked by Miranda, Lilibeth on 10.24.01
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