Ecology of Cirripectes polyzona
Main Ref. Fukao, R., 1984
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 Cirripectes polyzona may be found.
Remarks Most widely spread species of Cirripectes(Ref. 529). Found in exposed and moderately exposed coral and rocky reefs (Ref. 635, 58534, 53568). Found at the base or in the crevices of corals such as Acropora spp. and Pocillopora verrucosa, in or near large barnacles such as Balanus tintinnablum, and in depresions of rocks, usually coral limestones; more common in coral reef crests than in lagoons. In coral interstices they are found with Cirripectes variolosus, Salarias fasciatus, Atrosalarias fuscus and Exallias brevis (Ref. 635). Occurs in algal ridge and ridge crests between surge channels of exposed seaward reefs to a depth of about 3 m. Feeds on algae and associated minute invertebrates like forams, ostracods, and gastropods.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref. Fukao, R., 1984
Special habitats Coral Reefs: lagoons; Corals: hard corals: ( interstitial spaces ); Other habitats: other invertebrates (barnacle Balanus tintinnablum);
Special habitats Ref. Fukao, R., 1984


Ref. Fukao, R., 1984
Associated with Cirripectes variolosus, Salarias fasciatus, Atrosalarias fuscus and Exallias brevis in interstices of corals Acropora spp. and Pocillopora verrucosa. May also be found in shells of Balanus tintinnablum.
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type ref Williams, J.T., 1988
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit ref Williams, J.T., 1988
Trophic level(s)
Original sample Unfished population Remark
Estimation method Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.81 0.38 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 11.07.00
Modified by Olisa, Kristine Elaine Paz on 07.08.13
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