Ecology of Aulostomus chinensis
Main Ref. Randall, J.E., 1985
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 Aulostomus chinensis may be found.
Remarks Occur solitarily in reef habitats, including inshore shallows and outer reefs to depths of over 100 m (Ref. 54301). Found in clear, shallow water (Ref. 9275), in rocky and coral areas of protected and seaward reefs (Ref. 1602, 58534, 58652). Feed on small fishes and shrimps (Ref. 9275). Piscivore (Ref. 57615). Slow-moving fish relying partly on stealth and camouflage to sneak up on unsuspecting prey (Ref. 54301). Often seen in the coelacanth caves in depths of 178-243 m. Adults feed on small fish but occasionally videotaped picking blobs of unidentified white plankton from swarms attracted to the mouth of the caves by the lights of the submersible (Ref. 58472).


Substrate Soft Bottom: sand; mud; 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