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Titre du document / Document title

Bioacoustics of fishes of the family sciaenidae (croakers and drums)

Auteur(s) / Author(s)


Résumé / Abstract

The teleost family Sciaenidae, collectively known as the croakers and drums because of their propensity for making sound, includes roughly 70 genera and 270 species worldwide. Although many other groups of fish also communicate using sound, the sciaenids are unique in the diversity of their sound production mechanisms, variety of sounds produced, and structural variation in sound-detecting structures. This paper reviews the bioacoustics of sciaenid fishes, including mechanisms involved in the production and reception of sound, the types of sounds produced, and the functions of these sounds. We propose the hypothesis that the unusual diversity in the design of the structures associated with sound production and detection is correlated with a similar diversity in how these structures function. Production and detection of sound appear to be important aspects of sciaenid behavior. But despite the vast literature on sciaenid sound production, we know relatively little about the biological significance of their sounds. This lack of understanding leaves plenty of room for research by physiologists, bioacousticians, behavioral ecologists, and fisheries scientists.

Revue / Journal Title

Transactions of the American Fisheries Society    ISSN  0002-8487   CODEN TAFSAI 

Source / Source

2006, vol. 135, no5, pp. 1409-1431 [23 page(s) (article)]

Langue / Language


Editeur / Publisher

American Fisheries Society, Bethesda, MD, ETATS-UNIS  (1900) (Revue)

Localisation / Location

INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 9749, 35400015890537.0230

Nº notice refdoc (ud4) : 18273732

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