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Reproduction and Sexuality in Marine FishesPatterns and Processes$
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Kathleen Cole

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520264335

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520264335.001.0001

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Acoustical Behavior of Coral Reef Fishes

Acoustical Behavior of Coral Reef Fishes

Chapter:
(p.307) 10 Acoustical Behavior of Coral Reef Fishes
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Reproduction and Sexuality in Marine Fishes
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Phillip S. Lobel

Ingrid M. Kaatz

Aaron N. Rice

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520264335.003.0010

Sound travels farther and faster in water than in air. Therefore, the introduction of artificial noise can interfere substantially with reproductive behaviors that include the production and reception of auditory signals. Sound production associated with reproductive behavior among marine fishes serves to synchronize the behavior of potential mates, thereby leading to successful fertilization. This chapter examines the role played by sound production and acoustic communication in the reproductive biology of many marine fish species. It summarizes findings concerning bioacoustics in shallow, tropical marine fishes (that is, coral reef fishes) and outlines the fish families known for sound production. The hope is that this status report will encourage further research in fish acoustic communication and underwater acoustic ecology. The evidence so far indicates that many coral reef fishes are most acoustically active during reproduction. It seems that some species produce sounds only when courting and mating, and not at all at other times.

Keywords:   marine fishes, coral reef fishes, bioacoustics, sound production, acoustic ecology, reproductive behavior, fertilization, acoustic communication, reproductive biology, courting

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