Ecology of Mustelus whitneyi
 
Main Ref. Espino, M., J. Castillo, F. Fernandez, A. Menqieta, C. Wosnitza-Mendo and J. Zevallos, 1986
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 Mustelus whitneyi may be found.
Remarks Fairly common. Occurs at 17-360 m depth, temperature range 12.88-16.20 °C (Ref. 9097 and 9098). An offshore bottom-dwelling shark found on the continental shelf. Prefers rocky bottom around islands. Feeds on crabs, mantis shrimp, and small bony fishes.

Substrate

Substrate Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Espino, M., J. Castillo, F. Fernandez, A. Menqieta, C. Wosnitza-Mendo and J. Zevallos, 1986
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type ref Samané, M., J. Castillo and M. Espino, 1988
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit ref Samané, M., J. Castillo and M. Espino, 1988
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.66 Troph of adults from 1 study.
Ref. Samané, M., J. Castillo and M. Espino, 1988
From individual food items
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Rubio, Juan on 04.15.95
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 08.13.07
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