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Argyrosomus hololepidotus (Southern meagre; Mulloway; Meagre; Madagascar meagre; Kob; Croaker; Drum; Madagascar Kob)

Synonyms: Argiosomus hololepidotus; Argyrosoma hololepidotum; Argyrosoma hololepidotus; Argyrosomus hololepidotum; Johnius hololepidotus; Labrus hololepidotus; Pseudosciaena hololepidota; Sciaena hololepidota; Sciaena hololepidotus
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Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Argyrosomus hololepidotus

Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve II 256073 Western Cape, South Africa  
Tsitsikamma National Park II 34343 Southern Cape, South Africa  

Prey / Diet

Alpheus lobidens (brownbar snapping shrimp)[1]
Argyrosomus hololepidotus (Southern meagre)[1]
Cynoglossus arel (brown tonguesole)[2]
Gilchristella aestuaria (Gilchrist's round herring)[1]
Gobiopsis atrata (New Zealand black goby)[1]
Johnius belangerii (River perch)[2]
Liza klunzingeri (Klunzinger's mullet)[2]
Macropetasma africana (swimming shrimp)[1]
Mesopodopsis slabberi[1]
Mugil cephalus (gray mullet)[1]
Nematalosa nasus (Thread-finned gizzard shad)[2]
Palaemon pacificus (Pacific grass shrimp)[3]
Parapenaeopsis stylifera (kiddi shrimp)[2]
Photopectoralis bindus (Silver bellies)[2]
Pomadasys commersonnii (Smallspotted grunt)[1]
Rhopalophthalmus terranatalis[1]
Scomber japonicus (Striped mackerel)[1]
Thryssa hamiltonii (Northern anchovy)[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Galeichthys feliceps (White baggar)1
Lichia amia (leer fish)1
Monodactylus falciformis (Cape moonfish)1
Trichiurus lepturus (Atlantic Cutlassfish)2


Arctocephalus pusillus (Brown Fur Seal)[1]
Argyrosomus hololepidotus (Southern meagre)[1]
Argyrosomus japonicus (jaapanese croaker)[1]
Carcharhinus limbatus (Spot-fin ground shark)[1]
Lichia amia (leer fish)[1]
Sphyrna zygaena (Smooth hammerhead shark)[1]


Parasitized by 
Anoplodiscus cirrusspiralis[4]
Benedenia sciaenae[4]
Calceostoma glandulosum[4]
Dasyrhynchus pacificus[4]
Diplectanum glandulosum[4]
Diplectanum oliveri[4]
Nybelinia strongyla[4]
Poecilancistrium caryophyllum[4]
Stephanostomum bicoronatum[4]


Indian Ocean: endemic to Madagascar.;



Attributes / relations provided by
1Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
2"Diet Composition of Southern Meagre (Argyrosomus hololepidotus) in Northwest of Persian Gulf", Majid Shekari and Seyed Ahmad Reza Hashemi, American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 12 (10): 1316-1322, 2012
3The Fish Community of the Swartvlei Estuary and the Influence of Food Availability on Resource Utilization, ALAN K. WHITFIELD, Estuaries Vol. 11, No. 3, p. 160-170 September 1988
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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