Ecology of Lobatus gigas
 
Main Ref. Leal, J.H., 2003
Remarks This species is found intertidal and offshore, on coral reefs, particularly on algae, coral sand, and seagrass habitats (Refs. 355, 83934). Adults prefer sandy algal flats; also found on gravel, coral rubble, smooth hard coral and beach rock bottoms. Rarely on soft bottoms of mud and/or silt. Benthic grazer. Feeds on diatoms, seagrass detritus, and various algae and epiphytes. Nocturnal (Ref. 105087).

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 Lobatus gigas may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Benthic: mobile; Soft Bottom: sand; Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Rodríguez-Sevilla, L., R. Vargas and J. Cortés, 2009
Special habitats Beds: algae/seaweed; sea grass; Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Rodríguez-Sevilla, L., R. Vargas and J. Cortés, 2009

Associations

Ref. Meijer zu Schlochtern, M., 2014
Associations commensalism;
Associated with Apogon stellatus; Porcellana sayana;
Association remarks
Parasitism

feeding

Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Prent, P., 2013
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit Ref. Prent, P., 2013

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.19 0.14 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 02.07.06
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.09.20
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