Ecology of Alburnus alburnus
Main Ref. Novoselov, A.P., 1987
Remarks Occurs in shoals near the surface. Feeds mainly on plankton, including crustaceans (Ref. 30578) and insects (Ref. 9696). Excellent as bait for carnivorous fishes. Feeds at the surface in open water and in the coves, while it forages along the bottom in shallower shore zone (Ref. 46637). Feeding intensity high during summer and beginning of autumn and showed a decline in winter (Ref. 42428).

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 Alburnus alburnus may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Novoselov, A.P., 1987
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit Ref. Novoselov, A.P., 1987

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.01 0.18
From individual food items 2.70 0.29 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Novoselov, A.P., 1987
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 03.31.95
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 02.02.06
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