Ecology of Kyphosus cinerascens
Main Ref. Hiatt, R.W. and D.W. Strasburg, 1960
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 Kyphosus cinerascens may be found.
Remarks Found in aggregations over hard, algal coated bottoms of exposed, surf-swept outer reef flats, lagoon and seaward reefs, to a depth of at least 24 m. Mainly herbivorous, feeding on seaweeds and associated invertebrates (Ref. 30573). Appears to be more commonly involved in hallucinogenic fish poisoning than most other related species (Ref. 4690). Caught with other types of artisanal gear. Minimum depth reported taken from Ref. 30874.


Substrate Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Broad, G., 2003
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Nguyen, N.T. and V.Q. Nguyen, 2006


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Hiatt, R.W. and D.W. Strasburg, 1960
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit ref Sommer, C., W. Schneider and J.-M. Poutiers, 1996
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
Ref. Kuiter, R.H., 1993
From individual food items 2.85 0.33 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 02.17.97
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 10.19.07
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