Ecology of Aristaeomorpha foliacea
Main Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1980
Remarks Lives on bottom mud (Ref. 8); also on sandy bottoms. Moves to midwater at night (Ref. 409). Carnivorous, feeds mainly on euphausiids and other species of crustaceans, i.e., mainly Natantia (Ref. 434). Has a highly diversified diet (Refs. 97770, 105137), preying on pelagic, benthic and benthopelagic organisms (Ref. 105137); mainly forages on crustaceans and fish. Also scavenges upon carcasses of fish and cephalopods on the bottom (Ref. 97770). Exhibits cannibalism. Values of δ15N ranges from 6.68 and 7.96 in females, and 7.05 and 8.26 in males, with females having higher δ15N with increasing size (Ref. 105135).

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 Aristaeomorpha foliacea may be found.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; demersal; Pelagic; Soft Bottom: sand; mud;
Substrate Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1980
Special habitats Other habitats: seamounts;
Special habitats Ref. Parin, N.V., A.N. Mironov and K.N. Nesis, 1997


Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1980
Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Fischer, W., G. Bianchi and W.B. Scott (eds.), 1981
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit Ref. Bello, G. and C. Pipitone, 2002

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.80 0.59 Troph of juv./adults.
From individual food items 3.77 0.66 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Bayhan, K.Y., J.E. Cartes and E. Fanelli, 2015
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Pan-Saniano, Marianne on 12.19.05
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.02.16
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