Ecology of Haliclystus antarcticus
Main Ref. Kramp, P.L., 1961
Remarks Small individuals of this species are found attached to filamentous algae, while larger ones are attached to a variety of algae by means of its adhesive disc on the base of their peduncle. It detaches and reattaches by somersaulting using their adhesive organs. Found at depths of 1 to 8 m. Feeds on small crustaceans, fly larvae, polychaetes and gastropod molluscs. Preyed upon by fish and nudibranchs (Ref. 87801).

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 Haliclystus antarcticus may be found.


Substrate Benthic; Pelagic;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Ref. Kramp, P.L., 1961
Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly animals (troph. 2.8 and up)
Feeding type Ref. Häussermann, V. and G. Försterra, 2009
Feeding habit hunting macrofauna (predator)
Feeding habit Ref. Häussermann, V. and G. Försterra, 2009

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 3.56 0.32 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Dar, Christine on 04.08.07
Modified by Sorongon-Yap, Patricia on 10.24.11
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