Ecology of Fissurella cumingi
Main Ref. Servicio Nacional de Pesca y Acuicultura., 2011
Remarks Occurs in the lowermost intertidal zone and immediate subtidal zone to 15 m on upper surfaces of rocks. In deep tide pools at low tide (Ref. 105490). Inhabits sublittoral rocky zone (Refs. 106267, 106270). Found on matrices of the tunicate Pyura praeputialis (Ref. 66198). Members of the Family Fissurellidae are herbivorous, grazing on algae (Ref. 104247).

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 Fissurella cumingi may be found.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Olivares, A., M. Bretos, R. Chihuailaf and A. Zenis, 1998
Special habitats Beds: algae/seaweed;
Special habitats Ref. Villegas, M.J., J. Laudien, W. Sielfeld and W.E. Arntz, 2008


Ref. Villegas, M.J., J. Laudien, W. Sielfeld and W.E. Arntz, 2008
Associations epiphytic;
Associated with Lessonia trabeculata
Association remarks Found in Lessonia trabeculata patches on barren ground.


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Petuch, E. J. and R.F. Myers, 2014
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit Ref. Petuch, E. J. and R.F. Myers, 2014

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 05.18.12
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.21.16
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