Ecology of Leptoscarus vaigiensis
 
Main Ref. Bruce, R.W. and J.E. Randall, 1985
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 Leptoscarus vaigiensis may be found.
Remarks Occurs inshore (Ref. 75154). Inhabits seagrass areas or areas with hard substrates heavy with algal cover (Ref. 30573). Present in seagrass beds at all life stages (Ref. 41878). Feeds on seagrasses and algae (Ref. 30573). Inhaca Island is a seagrass epibiont so it is possible that its ingestion of sponge and unidentified Hydrozoa are unintentional along with the seagrass (Ref. 42227). In Nakagusuku Bay, Okinawa Island, all larvae ranging from 1.0-1.5 cm SL, fed only on planktonic copepods. Food shifted from planktonic copepods in postflexion larvae and juvenile ranging from 1.0-1.5 cm SL to seaweed in the juvenile ranging from 1.5-2.5 cm SL (Ref. 54487). Food shifts in adult and young over 2.5 cm SL to feed almost exclusively on drifting Sargassum spp. (Ref. 54487).

Substrate

Substrate : sand; Hard Bottom;
Substrate Ref. Broad, G., 2003
Special habitats Beds: algae/seaweed; sea grass; Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Nguyen, N.T. and V.Q. Nguyen, 2006

Associations

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Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type ref Sommer, C., W. Schneider and J.-M. Poutiers, 1996
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
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 2.00 0.00 Troph of adults and juv./adults from 1 study.
Ref.
From individual food items 2.27 0.17 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 11.07.00
Modified by OrtaƱez, Auda Kareen on 12.22.08
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