Ecology of Thalassarche melanophris
Main Ref. SAUP Database, 2006
Remarks A common, widespread species of albatross (Ref. 91362). Found along the continental shelf, in oceanic upwellings, and boundaries of currents (Ref. 356). Forms breeding colonies on grassy cliffs of oceanic islands. Trails ships (Ref. 91362). Feeds by scavenging and surface seizing (Ref. 356);

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 Thalassarche melanophris may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Harrison, P., 1987
Associations colony-forming/symphorism;
Associated with
Association remarks Breeds colonially.


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Karpouzi, V.S., 2005
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit Ref. Harrison, P., 1987

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 4.21 0.55 Troph of adults.
From individual food items 4.21 0.84 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Cherel, Y., C.-A. Bost, C. Guinet and H. Weimerskirch, 2005
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Karpouzi, Vasiliki on 05.31.07
Modified by Hilomen, Teresa on 08.15.14
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