Ecology of Sufflamen verres
Main Ref. Grove, J.S. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1997
Remarks Common around rocky reefs and along continental coasts (Ref. 9276). Feeds on sea urchins, small crustaceans and mollusks, often blowing into sand to uncover prey or turn over urchins (Ref. 5227). Sessile-invertebrate feeder (Ref. 57615). Uncovers prey buried in the sand by lying on its side and rapidly undulating its dorsal and anal fins, thereby generating water currents that carry the sand away (Ref. 59310).

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 Sufflamen verres may be found.


Substrate Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Dominici-Arosemena, A. and M. Wolff, 2006


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Grove, J.S. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1997
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Grove, J.S. and R.J. Lavenberg, 1997
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.27 0.35 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
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