Tilefish, Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps, habitat, behavior and community structure in Mid-Atlantic and southern New England waters.

C. B. Grimes, K. W. Able, R. S. Jones

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Abstract

Tilefish are shelter seeking and inhabit 3 more or less distinct habitats: 1) horizontal excavations in clay outcrops along the walls of submarine canyons (pueblo habitats); 2) scour depressions under rocks and boulders and; 3) the primary habitat, funnel-shaped vertical burrows in horizontal clay substrates. There appear to be 2 critical habitat requirements, relatively warm (9-14oC) stable bottom temperatures and the availability of shelter or a malleable sustrate in which to construct a shelter. Vertical burrows occurred from 80-304m, but where vertical burrow and other habitats co-occurred, burrows were in shallower water (<120m). Burrows are probably formed by a combination of oral excavation by tilefish, secondary bioerosion by associated species, and tilefish swimming motions to flush fine sediment from the burrow.-from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)273-292
Number of pages20
JournalEnvironmental Biology of Fishes
Volume15
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science

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