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From: Stephen Simpson <>
Date: Fri, 4 Feb 2011 23:51:38 +0000
Dear Bioacoustics List,

I am pleased to present some
recent papers from our lab exploring the use of coral reef noise as a cue for orientation and habitat selection in a whole suite of marine organisms.

    1) Free-swimming crustaceans respond to coral reef noise according to their ecology:

Simpson SD, Radford AN, Tickle EJ, Meekan MG, Jeffs AG (2011) Adaptive avoidance of reef noise. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16625. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0016625

    2) Juvenile coral reef fishes exhibit habitat-specific auditory preferences when choosing reefs:

Radford CA, Stanley JA, Simpson SD, Jeffs AG (2011) Juvenile coral reef fishes use sound to locate habitats. Coral Reefs. doi: 10.1007/s00338-010-0710-6

   3) Auditory preferences in juvenile reef fish are influenced by recent auditory experience:

Simpson SD, Meekan MG, Larsen NJ, McCauley RD, Jeffs A (2010) Behavioural plasticity in larval reef fish: orientation is influenced by recent acoustic experiences. Behavioral Ecology, 21:1098-1105. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arq117

   4) Reef noise varies with habitat and indicates reef quality and fish abundance:

Kennedy EV, Guzman HM, Holderied MW, Mair JM, Simpson SD (2010) Reef-generated noise provides reliable information about habitats and communities: evidence from a Panamanian case study. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 395:85-92. doi; 10.1016/j.jembe.2010.08.017

   5) Free-swimming coral larvae are capable of detecting and moving towards reef noise:

Vermeij MJA, Marhaver KL, Huijbers CM, Nagelkerken I, Simpson SD (2010) Coral larvae move toward reef sounds. PLoS ONE 5(5): e10660. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010660

I am happy to provide PDFs to anyone interested.

Yours, with many thanks,


Dr Stephen D. Simpson - Fish Ecologist
University of Bristol

School of Biological Sciences
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Bristol, BS8 1UG, UK

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