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Reef sound as an orientation cue for shoreward migration by pueruli of the Rock Lobster, Jasus edwardsii


Hinojosa, IA and Green, BS and Gardner, C and Hesse, J and Stanley, JA and Jeffs, AG, Reef sound as an orientation cue for shoreward migration by pueruli of the Rock Lobster, Jasus edwardsii, PLoS One, 11, (6) Article e0157862. ISSN 1932-6203 (2016) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2016 Hinojosa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

DOI: doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157862


The post-larval or puerulus stage of spiny, or rock, lobsters (Palinuridae) swim many kilometres from open oceans into coastal waters where they subsequently settle. The orientation cues used by the puerulus for this migration are unclear, but are presumed to be critical to finding a place to settle. Understanding this process may help explain the biological processes of dispersal and settlement, and be useful for developing realistic dispersal models. In this study, we examined the use of reef sound as an orientation cue by the puerulus stage of the southern rock lobster, Jasus edwardsii. Experiments were conducted using in situ binary choice chambers together with replayed recording of underwater reef sound. The experiment was conducted in a sandy lagoon under varying wind conditions. A significant proportion of puerulus (69%) swam towards the reef sound in calm wind conditions. However, in windy conditions (>25 m s-1) the orientation behaviour appeared to be less consistent with the inclusion of these results, reducing the overall proportion of pueruli that swam towards the reef sound (59.3%). These results resolve previous speculation that underwater reef sound is used as an orientation cue in the shoreward migration of the puerulus of spiny lobsters, and suggest that sea surface winds may moderate the ability of migrating pueruli to use this cue to locate coastal reef habitat to settle. Underwater sound may increase the chance of successful settlement and survival of this valuable species.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:puerulus, Jasus edwardsii, orientation, recruitment, settlement
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fisheries management
Objective Division:Animal Production and Animal Primary Products
Objective Group:Fisheries - wild caught
Objective Field:Wild caught rock lobster
UTAS Author:Hinojosa, IA (Mr Ivan Hinojosa)
UTAS Author:Green, BS (Associate Professor Bridget Green)
UTAS Author:Gardner, C (Professor Caleb Gardner)
ID Code:109486
Year Published:2016
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP120200164)
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2016-06-20
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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