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Evidence for a consistent use of external cues by marine fish larvae for orientation


Berenshtein, I and Faillettaz, R and Irisson, J-O and Kiflawi, M and Siebeck, UE and Leis, JM and Paris, CB, Evidence for a consistent use of external cues by marine fish larvae for orientation, Communications Biology, 5 Article 1307. ISSN 2399-3642 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/s42003-022-04137-7


The larval stage is the main dispersive process of most marine teleost species. The degree to which larval behavior controls dispersal has been a subject of debate. Here, we apply a cross-species meta-analysis, focusing on the fundamental question of whether larval fish use external cues for directional movement (i.e., directed movement). Under the assumption that directed movement results in straighter paths (i.e., higher mean vector lengths) compared to undirected, we compare observed patterns to those expected under undirected pattern of Correlated Random Walk (CRW). We find that the bulk of larvae exhibit higher mean vector lengths than those expected under CRW, suggesting the use of external cues for directional movement. We discuss special cases which diverge from our assumptions. Our results highlight the potential contribution of orientation to larval dispersal outcomes. This finding can improve the accuracy of larval dispersal models, and promote a sustainable management of marine resources.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:larval-fish behaviour, dispersal, population connectivity, fisheries
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Conservation and biodiversity
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Leis, JM (Dr Jeff Leis)
ID Code:154519
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2022-12-08
Last Modified:2023-01-16

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