Ecology of Planiliza macrolepis
Main Ref. Lin, H.-J., K.-T. Shao, S.-R. Kuo, H.-L. Hsieh, S.-L. Wong, I.-M. Chen, W.-T. Lo and J.-J. Hung, 1999
Marine - Neritic
  • supra-littoral zone
  • littoral zone
  • sublittoral zone
Marine - Oceanic
  • 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 Planiliza macrolepis may be found.
Remarks Inhabits coral reefs (Ref. 58534). Occur in shallow coastal waters and from brackish to freshwater regions of rivers (Ref. 41299). Form schools (Ref. 40448); in larger aggregations during spawning, which takes place at sea (Ref. 3468). Feed on small algae, diatoms, forams, benthic polychaetes, crustaceans, mollusks, organic matter and detritus; fry feed on copepods and floating algae (Ref. 40448). Changes in the feeding habits from planktonic organisms and migratory zooplankton to meiobenthos which takes place between 0.1 and 0.2 cm length, and a switch from meiobenthos to microbenthos between 0.15 and 0.25 cm length (Ref. 56101). Gill-raker filaments were found in the stomach captured using gill net. Mullets struggle to be free of the constricting meshes, food is often regurgitated at an early stage, gasping of oxygen would then easily cause gill-rakers, broken loose in the struggle, to be swalowed (Ref. 74739).


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Special habitats
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Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Blaber, S.J.M., 1977
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit ref Blaber, S.J.M., 1977
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.57 0.26 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 06.10.99
Modified by Pablico, Grace Tolentino on 07.21.08
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