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dc.contributor.authorPiercy, Julius J. B.
dc.contributor.authorCodling, Edward A.
dc.contributor.authorHill, Adam J.
dc.contributor.authorSmith, David J.
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Stephen D.
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-02T09:52:51Z
dc.date.available2015-12-02T09:52:51Zen
dc.date.issued2014-12-03
dc.identifier.citationPiercy JJB, Codling EA, Hill AJ, Smith DJ, Simpson SD (2014) Habitat quality affects sound production and likely distance of detection on coral reefs. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 516:35-47. https://doi.org/10.3354/meps10986en
dc.identifier.issn0171-8630
dc.identifier.issn1616-1599
dc.identifier.doi10.3354/meps10986
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10545/583124
dc.description.abstractThe interwoven nature of habitats and their acoustic fingerprints (soundscapes) is being increasingly recognized as a key component of animal ecology. Natural soundscapes are crucial for orientation in many different taxa when seeking suitable breeding grounds or settlement habitats. In the marine environment, coral reef noise is an important navigation cue for settling reef fish larvae and is thus a possible driver of reef population dynamics. We explored reef noise across a gradient of reef qualities, tested sound propagation models against field recordings and combined them with fish audio grams to demonstrate the importance of reef quality in determining which reefs larvae are likely to detect. We found that higher-quality reefs were significantly louder and richer in acoustic events (transient content) than degraded reefs, and observed that sound propagated farther with less attenuation than predicted by classic models. We discuss how zones of detection of poor-quality reefs could be reduced by over an order of magnitude com-pared to healthy reefs. The present study provides new perspectives on the far reaching effects habitat degradation may have on organisms that utilize soundscapes for orientation towards or away from coral reefs, and highlights the value of sound recordings as a cost-effective reef survey and monitoring tool.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.int-res.com/abstracts/meps/v516/p35-47/en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Marine Ecology Progress Seriesen
dc.subjectUnderwateren
dc.subjectAcousticsen
dc.subjectCoral reefen
dc.subjectMarine biologyen
dc.titleHabitat quality affects sound production and likely distance of detection on coral reefsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Essexen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Derbyen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Exeteren
dc.identifier.journalMarine Ecology Progress Seriesen
html.description.abstractThe interwoven nature of habitats and their acoustic fingerprints (soundscapes) is being increasingly recognized as a key component of animal ecology. Natural soundscapes are crucial for orientation in many different taxa when seeking suitable breeding grounds or settlement habitats. In the marine environment, coral reef noise is an important navigation cue for settling reef fish larvae and is thus a possible driver of reef population dynamics. We explored reef noise across a gradient of reef qualities, tested sound propagation models against field recordings and combined them with fish audio grams to demonstrate the importance of reef quality in determining which reefs larvae are likely to detect. We found that higher-quality reefs were significantly louder and richer in acoustic events (transient content) than degraded reefs, and observed that sound propagated farther with less attenuation than predicted by classic models. We discuss how zones of detection of poor-quality reefs could be reduced by over an order of magnitude com-pared to healthy reefs. The present study provides new perspectives on the far reaching effects habitat degradation may have on organisms that utilize soundscapes for orientation towards or away from coral reefs, and highlights the value of sound recordings as a cost-effective reef survey and monitoring tool.


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