Ecology of Hydroides elegans
Main Ref. Salazar-Vallejo, S.I., 1996
Remarks Notable in tropical and subtropical coastal fouling communities (Ref. 102523). Found among living corals as well as on the underside of dead corals. Buried in the skeleton of Montastrea sp. while also seen attached to a dead Pocillopora damicornis (Ref. 102066). Filter feeds to extract minute plankton and organic matter from water column (Ref. 107862).

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 Hydroides elegans may be found.


Substrate Benthic: sessile;
Substrate Ref.
Special habitats Corals: hard corals;
Special habitats Ref. Nishi, E., 1996


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type mainly plants/detritus (troph. 2-2.19)
Feeding type Ref. George, J.D., 2012
Feeding habit filtering plankton
Feeding habit Ref. George, J.D., 2012

Trophic Level(s)

Estimation method original sample unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.00 0.00 Trophic level and s.e. inferred from exclusive plant/detritus food items.
(e.g. 9948)
(e.g. cnidaria)
Entered by Salazar-Vallejo, Sergio Ignacio on 08.15.07
Modified by Polido, Rubyann Robelle on 05.17.16
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