Changes in the acoustic environment alter the foraging and sheltering behaviour of the cichlid Amititlania nigrofasciata

Kirsty Elizabeth McLaughlin, Hansjoerg P. Kunc*

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Abstract

Anthropogenic noise can affect behaviour across a wide range of species in both terrestrial and aquatic environments. However, behaviours might not be affected in isolation. Therefore, a more holistic approach investigating how environmental stressors, such as noise pollution, affect different behaviours in concert is necessary. Using tank-based noise exposure experiments, we tested how changes in the acoustic environment affect the behaviour of the cichlid Amatitlania nigrofasciata. We found that exposure to anthropogenic noise affected a couple of behaviours: an increase in sheltering was accompanied by a decrease in foraging. Our results highlight the multiple negative effects of an environmental stressor on an individual's behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalBehavioural Processes
Volume116
Early online date29 Apr 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015

Keywords

  • Behaviour
  • Environmental stressor
  • Fish
  • Noise pollution
  • Underwater

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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