Ecology of Acanthurus nigricans
 
Main Ref. Hiatt, R.W. and D.W. Strasburg, 1960
Remarks Inhabits hard substrate areas of clear lagoon and seaward reefs from the lower surge zone to at least 67 m and feeds on filamentous algae (Ref. 58534, 58652). Monogamous (Ref. 52884, 48637). Small juveniles shy among large corals (Ref. 48637). A territorial species. Roving herbivore (Ref. 57615).

Aquatic zones / Water bodies

Marine - Neritic Marine - Oceanic Brackishwater Freshwater
Marine zones / Brackish and freshwater bodies
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
  • 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 Acanthurus nigricans may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Hard Bottom;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs: reef flats; lagoons;
Special habitats Ref. Dominici-Arosemena, A. and M. Wolff, 2006

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Hiatt, R.W. and D.W. Strasburg, 1960
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit Ref. Dominici-Arosemena, A. and M. Wolff, 2006
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.00 0.00 Trophic level and s.e. inferred from exclusive plant/detritus food items.
Ref.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 09.22.99
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 10.23.07
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