Ecology of Ostracion cubicus
 
Main Ref. Myers, R.F., 1991
Distribution
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • epipelagic
  • mesopelagic
  • epipelagic
  • abyssopelagic
  • hadopelagic
Brackishwater
  • estuaries/lagoons/brackish seas
  • mangroves
  • marshes/swamps
Freshwater
  • rivers/streams
  • lakes/ponds
  • caves
  • exclusively in caves
Highighted items on the list are where Ostracion cubicus may be found.
Remarks Inhabits lagoon and semi-sheltered seaward reefs. Juveniles often among Acropora corals (Ref. 9710). Solitary (Ref. 5503). Juveniles expatriating to subtropical zone from the pelagic larval stage. Small juveniles secretive in narrow crevices (Ref. 48637). Feeds primarily on algae with a compliment of microorganisms, invertebrates, mollusks, sponges (Ref. 1602, 5503), sand dwelling polychaetes, crustaceans, foraminiferans, and fishes (Ref. 37816). Juveniles prefer the shelter of corals or rocks; adults range further out in the open and seem to prefer the shelter of ledges and crevices near sand.

Substrate

Substrate Soft Bottom: sand; mud; Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Letourneur, Y., P. Chabanet, P. Durville, M. Taquet, E. Teissier, M. Parmentier, J.-C. Quéro and K. Pothin, 2004
Special habitats Beds: sea grass; Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Nguyen, N.T. and V.Q. Nguyen, 2006

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

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
Ref.
From individual food items 3.37 0.48 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily on 11.18.92
Modified by Ortañez, Auda Kareen on 10.18.07
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