Ecology of Mesodesma donacium
 
Main Ref. Riascos, J.M., O. Heilmayer, M.E. Oliva, J. Laudien and W.E. Arntz, 2008
Remarks Lives in the swash zone of exposed high-energy intermediate and dissipative sandy beaches. Usually burrows to a depth of around 10 cm, but can reach 25 cm if disturbed. Adults are mainly restricted to the surf zone while most of the juveniles to the swash zone (Ref. 106909). Intertidal to subtidal (Ref. 113820).

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 Mesodesma donacium may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Benthic: endofauna (infauna); Soft Bottom: sand;
Substrate Ref. Riascos, J.M., O. Heilmayer, M.E. Oliva, J. Laudien and W.E. Arntz, 2008
Special habitats Other habitats: burrows;
Special habitats Ref. Riascos, J.M., O. Heilmayer, M.E. Oliva, J. Laudien and W.E. Arntz, 2008

Associations

Ref. Riascos, J.M., O. Heilmayer, M.E. Oliva, J. Laudien and W.E. Arntz, 2008
Associations parasitism;
Associated with polychaete Polydora biccipitalis.
Association remarks
Parasitism

feeding

Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. Riascos, J.M., O. Heilmayer, M.E. Oliva, J. Laudien and W.E. Arntz, 2008
Feeding habit filtering plankton
Feeding habit Ref. Riascos, J.M., O. Heilmayer, M.E. Oliva, J. Laudien and W.E. Arntz, 2008

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items
Ref.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 03.10.16
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 01.09.17
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