Ecology of Mastacembelus armatus
 
Main Ref. Lim, P., S. Lek, S.T. Touch, S.-O. Mao and B. Chhouk, 1999
Remarks Lives in highland streams to lowland wetlands (Ref. 57235). Usually found in streams and rivers with sand, pebble, or boulder substrate. Seldom leaves the bottom except when disturbed. Also occurs in still waters, both in coastal marshes and dry zone tanks. Sometimes stays partially buried in fine substrate. Enters flooded forest (Ref. 9497). Reported to occur in areas with rocky bottoms in the Mekong mainstream during the dry season, but enter canals, lakes and other floodplain areas during the flood season (Ref. 37770). Forages at night on benthic insect larvae, worms and some submerged plant material (Ref. 12693). Common during the summer months. Recorded as having been or being farmed in rice fields (Ref. 119549).

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 Mastacembelus armatus may be found.

Habitat

Substrate Soft Bottom: sand; Hard Bottom: rocky;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref. Halwart, M. and M.V. Gupta, 2004

Associations

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Associations
Associated with
Association remarks
Parasitism

Feeding

Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type Ref. Lim, P., S. Lek, S.T. Touch, S.-O. Mao and B. Chhouk, 1999
Feeding habit variable
Feeding habit Ref. Weliange, W.S. and U.S. Amarasinghe, 2007
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition 3.34 0.55
From individual food items 2.78 0.27 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
Ref. Weliange, W.S. and U.S. Amarasinghe, 2007
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Sa-a, Pascualita on 04.28.00
Modified by Capuli, Estelita Emily on 07.31.19
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