Ecology of Dascyllus trimaculatus
Main Ref. Randall, H.A. and G.R. Allen, 1977
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 Dascyllus trimaculatus may be found.
Remarks Inhabits coral and rocky reefs, juveniles often commensal with large sea anemones, sea urchins, or small coral heads (Ref. 4391, 48636). Also inhabits passes & outer reef environments up to at least 55 meters. Aggregations may number over 50 individuals (Ref. 2746). Juveniles associated with either branching corals or relatively large sea anemones (hiding place in case of danger), (Ref. 2746, 54301). Stomach contents include algae, copepods, and other planktonic crustaceans (Ref. 2746). It occurs in a variety of rocky and coral reef habitats, from shallow waters to at least 55 m depth (Ref. 54301). Diurnal species (Ref. 54980; 120737).


Substrate Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Letourneur, Y., P. Chabanet, P. Durville, M. Taquet, E. Teissier, M. Parmentier, J.-C. Quéro and K. Pothin, 2004
Special habitats Beds: sea grass; Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Nguyen, N.T. and V.Q. Nguyen, 2006


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Randall, H.A. and G.R. Allen, 1977
Feeding habit selective plankton feeding
Feeding habit ref Randall, H.A. and G.R. Allen, 1977
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.80 0.10 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Capuli, Estelita Emily on 03.02.92
Modified by Arndt, Erik on 10.24.19
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