Ecology of Varicorbula gibba
Main Ref. Gusso, C.C., M.F. Gravina and F.R. Maggiore, 2001
Remarks Found in sandbanks, in substrates with rich organic sediments (Ref. 96352) and muddy detritic areas (Ref. 2780). It is an active suspension feeder (Refs. 96214, 96376, 96501, 96498), i.e., surface deposit-feeder (Ref. 96292). Feeds on organic detritus (Ref. 96352). A free-living species (Ref. 3123)

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 Varicorbula gibba may be found.


Substrate Benthic: demersal; macrobenthos; Soft Bottom: sand; mud; ooze ( detritus );
Substrate Ref. Josefson, A.B., T.L. Forbes and R. Rosenberg, 2002
Special habitats Other habitats: burrows;
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Gusso, C.C., M.F. Gravina and F.R. Maggiore, 2001
Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Gaudêncio, M.J. and H.N. Cabral, 2007
Feeding habit browsing on substrate
Feeding habit Ref. Carlier, A., P. Riera, J.-M. Amouroux, J.-Y. Bodiou and A. Grémare, 2007

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.00 0.00 Trophic level and s.e. inferred from exclusive plant/detritus food items.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 02.13.07
Modified by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 07.03.14
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