Ecology of Telmatochromis temporalis
Main Ref. Takamura, K., 1984
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 Telmatochromis temporalis may be found.
Remarks Feeds on algae (Ref. 40115), aufwuchs eater (Ref. 54948). Are not light shy and swim in the open. Have been discovered over many types of rock substrates even in very muddy water. Prey on small fish (Ref. 6770). Forms temporary pair bonds; the male defends the territory while the female takes care of her offspring (Ref. 7343).


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Takamura, K., 1984
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit ref Takamura, K., 1984
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 2.21 0.10 2.39 0.08 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
Ref. Takamura, K., 1984
From individual food items 3.02 0.47 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 03.20.99
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 07.21.05
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