Ecology of Cirrhinus cirrhosus
Main Ref. Palomares, M.L.D., 1991
Remarks Ref. 4397 reports a maximum altitude of 500 m and minimum temperature of 14°C. It is mainly benthic but migrates throughout the water column to feed. Seasonal reproductive migration towards coastal zones (0.5-1.0 m depth) and flood plains of rivers in the monsoon season (August-September). Long intestines (10-18 times body length) proof of biological adaptation for the more efficient absorption of low nutritive quality food. Maximum feeding during reproduction between October-December. Feeds on detritus, plants and zooplankton (Ref. 2939).

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 Cirrhinus cirrhosus may be found.


Substrate Ref.
Special habitats
Special habitats Ref.


Associated with
Association remarks


Feeding type plants/detritus+animals (troph. 2.2-2.79)
Feeding type Ref. Palomares, M.L.D., 1991
Feeding habit grazing on aquatic plants
Feeding habit Ref. Palomares, M.L.D., 1991
Trophic Level(s)
Estimation method Original sample Unfished population Remark
Troph s.e. Troph s.e.
From diet composition
From individual food items 2.40 0.17 Trophic level estimated from a number of food items using a randomized resampling routine.
(e.g. 346)
(e.g. cnidaria)
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