Ecology of Astronotus ocellatus
 
Main Ref. Goulding, M., 1981
Remarks Preferably inhabits quiet shallow waters in mud-bottomed and sand-bottomed canals and ponds (Ref. 5723). Usually solitary (Ref. 9088). Benthopelagic (Ref. 58302). Feeds on small fish, crayfish, worms and insect larvae, terrestrial invertebrates and aquatic macrophytes (Ref. 9089). Omnivore (Ref. 76754).

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 Astronotus ocellatus may be found.

Habitat

Substrate
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type Ref. Mérona, B. de and J. Rankin-de-Mérona, 2004
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit Ref. Soares, M.G.M., R.G. Almeida and W.T. Tunk, 1986

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.83 0.32 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Palma Gonzales, Carlos on 04.18.95
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 06.23.08
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