Ecology of Bathynomus giganteus
Main Ref. Schotte, M., B.F. Kensley and S. Shilling, 1995
Remarks Believed to be a scavenger because of its high incidence in bycatch of trap fisheries (e.g., golden crab, Chaceon fenneri, trap fishery in Northern Gulf of Mexico; see Ref. 80748).

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 Bathynomus giganteus may be found.


Substrate Benthic: mobile; macrobenthos;
Substrate Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P. and E. Lozano-Alvarez, 1991
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P. and E. Lozano-Alvarez, 1991
Associated with Host to: cirripede, Octolasmis aymonini geryonophila (most abundant ephiphytes); gastropod, Mitrella amphisella var. rushii; tube worms, branchiurans and hydrozoans.
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P. and E. Lozano-Alvarez, 1991
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Briones-Fourzán, P. and E. Lozano-Alvarez, 1991

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 4.28 0.72 4.04 0.58 Troph of adults.
From individual food items 3.40 0.44 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Barradas-Ortiz, C., P. Briones-Fourzán and E. Lozano-Álvarez, 2003
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Pan-Saniano, Marianne on 03.16.07
Modified by Palomares, Maria Lourdes D. on 04.23.09
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