Ecology of Pagrus auratus
Main Ref. Kailola, P.J., M.J. Williams, P.C. Stewart, R.E. Reichelt, A. McNee and C. Grieve, 1993
Remarks Found on the continental shelf (Ref. 75154). Juvenile snapper leave the midwater zone to inhabit reefs or rocky outcrops when they are 12 months of age and about 6 cm long (Ref. 6390). They are most abundant in seagrass beds and are also associated with reef and gravel areas (Ref. 30572). As they grow, they move into deeper water and aggregate on near inshore reefs (Ref. 30572). In New Zealand, juvenile snapper (less than 25 cm FL) are caught in water 0-25 m deep (Ref. 30575). In southern Australia, juvniles and post-flexion larvae enter estuaries at floodtides (Ref. 30576). In New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the older juveniles and young adults progressively move to coastal and offshore waters and some individuals also migrate substantial distances along the coastline (Ref. 6390).

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 Pagrus auratus may be found.


Substrate Soft Bottom Hard Bottom: rubble;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Beds: sea grass;
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Russell, B.C., 1983
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Russell, B.C., 1983
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.59 0.22 3.32 0.47 Troph of juv./adults from 1 study.
From individual food items 3.47 0.54 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Russell, B.C., 1983
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
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