Ecology of Actinopyga mauritiana
Main Ref. Conand, C., 1998
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 Actinopyga mauritiana may be found.
Remarks Prefers coral habitats (Ref. 122152). Dwelling in very shallow waters, rarely found in depths of more than 20 m; mostly on outer reef flats of barrier reefs and fringing reefs exposed to strong hydrodynamism (Ref. 122). In subtidal reefs (Ref. 99447) and sandy lagoons (Ref. 122152). Occasionally found in seagrass beds, attached to coral stones. Active both day and night. Feeds on detritus lying on hard reef substrates (Ref. 92930). Most abundant in the surf zone where populations can reach high densities more than 1 per square meter (Ref. 122).


Substrate Benthic: mobile; Soft Bottom: sand;
Substrate Ref. Pante, E., M. Adjeroud, P. Dustan, L. Penin and M. Schrimm, 2006
Special habitats Beds: sea grass; Coral Reefs: reef flats; lagoons;
Special habitats Ref. Pante, E., M. Adjeroud, P. Dustan, L. Penin and M. Schrimm, 2006


Ref. Conand, C., 1998
associations symbiosis;
Associated with a fish, Carapus mourlani (Ref. 102254).
Association remarks


feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
feeding type ref Conand, C., 1998
feeding habit browsing on substrate
feeding habit ref Conand, C., 1998
trophic level(s)
original sample unfished population Remark
estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Dar, Christine on 12.14.05
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 06.26.20
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