Ecology of Lepomis macrochirus
Main Ref. Honebrink, R., 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 Lepomis macrochirus may be found.
Remarks Found frequently in lakes, ponds, reservoirs and sluggish streams; occurs primarily in reservoirs in Hawaii; preferably lives in deep weed beds. Is active mainly during dusk and dawn. Adults feed upon snails, small crayfish, insects, worms and small minnows. Young feed on crustaceans, insects and worms.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats vegetation
Special habitats Ref. Page, L.M. and B.M. Burr, 1991


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Honebrink, R., 1990
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit ref Jenkins, R.E. and N.M. Burkhead, 1993
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.24 0.16 3.19 0.41 Troph of juv./adults from 2 studies.
Ref. Kowalski, R., J. Glogowski, D. Kucharczyk, K. Goryczko, S. Dobosz and A. Ciereszko, 2003
From individual food items 3.53 0.55 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Torres, Armi G. on 12.09.92
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 08.01.07
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