Ecology of Mormyrus lacerda
 
Main Ref. Gosse, J.-P., 1984
Remarks Prefers quiet stretches of river channels, deep pools and floodplain lagoons with aquatic vegetation. Frequency of occurence in Caprivi: occasionally in sandy streams, occasionally on rocky streams, common in standing deep water, occasionally in shallow swamps, and occasionally in shallow flood plains (Ref. 037065). May form small shoals. Feeds mainly on insect larvae, shrimps, small snails and small fish. Known to move up tributaries when they come down in spate and may breed in newly inundated areas (Ref. 13337).

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 Mormyrus lacerda may be found.

Habitat

Substrate
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.

Associations

Ref.
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Gosse, J.-P., 1984
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Gosse, J.-P., 1984

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.69 0.61 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 12.12.00
Modified by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 03.05.01
Checked by Sta. Iglesia, Drina on 03.05.01
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