Ecology of Acanthurus xanthopterus
 
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 1956
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 Acanthurus xanthopterus may be found.
Remarks Commonly occurs in protected deeper waters of bays & lagoons. Lives in various reef habitats, sand slopes (Ref. 48637). Juveniles inhabit shallow, protected, turbid inshore waters while adults prefer deeper areas of protected bays and lagoons, and outer reef areas. This schooling species feeds on diatoms, detritus film of sand, filamentous algae, hydroids, pieces of fish (Ref. 1602, 48637) and fleshy macroalgae (Ref. 5543). Probably the only surgeonfish that readily takes bait (Ref. 12484). Also Ref. 58534.

Substrate

Substrate
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs: reef slope/drop-offs; lagoons;
Special habitats Ref. Dominici-Arosemena, A. and M. Wolff, 2006

Associations

Ref.
Associations schooling;
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Randall, J.E., 1985
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit ref Randall, J.E., 1985
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
Ref.
From individual food items 2.87 0.36 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 12.04.91
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 05.22.08
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