Ecology of Panulirus argus
 
Main Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1991
Remarks Occurs at depths down to 90 m, perhaps even deeper; usually inhabits shallow waters and found among rocks, on reefs, eelgrass beds or in any habitat that provides protection. The species is gregarious and migratory. Females move to deeper water for spawning and there are mass migrations in the autumn when the animals, in single files up to 50 individuals, move in a certain direction in daytime, each animal having body contact with the next through the antennae; In the northern part of its range, larvae are found mainly from June to December (Ref. 4).

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 Panulirus argus may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Benthic: mobile; Soft Bottom: mud; Hard Bottom: rocky; rubble;
Substrate Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1991
Special habitats Beds: sea grass; Coral Reefs;
Special habitats Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1991

Associations

Ref. Holthuis, L.B., 1991
Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

feeding

Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P., V.C.F. de Lara, E. Lozano-Álvarez and J. Estrada-Olivo, 2003
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P., V.C.F. de Lara, E. Lozano-Álvarez and J. Estrada-Olivo, 2003

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.39 0.28 Troph of juv./adults.
From individual food items 3.30 0.30 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P., V.C.F. de Lara, E. Lozano-Álvarez and J. Estrada-Olivo, 2003
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 01.05.06
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 10.13.16
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