Allis shad (Alosa alosa) exhibit an intensity-graded behavioral response when exposed to ultrasound

Type Article
Date 2008-10
Language English
Author(s) Wilson M1, Acolas M2, Begout Marie-LaureORCID3, Madsen P1, 4, Wahlberg M5
Affiliation(s) 1 : Univ Aarhus, Dept Biol Sci, DK-8000 Aarhus C, Denmark.
2 : UMR INRA Agrocampus Ecobiol & Qual Hydrosyst Cont, F-35042 Rennes, France.
3 : Univ La Rochelle, IFREMER, CNRS, UMR 6217, F-17137 Lhoumeau, France.
4 : Woods Hole Oceanog Inst, Dept Biol, Woods Hole, MA 02543 USA.
5 : Univ So Denmark, DK-5300 Kerteminde, Denmark.
Source Journal of the acoustical society of America (0001-4966) (American Institute of Physics), 2008-10 , Vol. 124 , N. 4 , P. EL243-EL247
DOI 10.1121/1.2960899
WOS© Times Cited 17
Keyword(s) zoology, ultrasonics, biocommunications, bioacoustics
Abstract Most fish cannot hear frequencies above 3 kHz, but a few species belonging to the subfamily Alosinae (family Clupeidae) can detect intense ultrasound. The response of adult specimens of the European allis shad (Alosa alosa) to sinusoidal ultrasonic pulses at 70 and 120 kHz is tested. The fish showed an intensity-graded response to the ultrasonic pulses with a response threshold between 161 and 167 dB re 1 mu Pa (pp) for both frequencies. These response thresholds are similar to thresholds derived from juvenile American shad (Alosa sapidissima) in previous studies, supporting the suggestion that these members of Alosinae have evolved a dedicated ultrasound detector adapted to detect and respond to approaching echolocating toothed whales. (C) 2008 Acoustical Society of America
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Wilson M, Acolas M, Begout Marie-Laure, Madsen P, Wahlberg M (2008). Allis shad (Alosa alosa) exhibit an intensity-graded behavioral response when exposed to ultrasound. Journal of the acoustical society of America, 124(4), EL243-EL247. Publisher's official version : , Open Access version :