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New insights into sound production in Carapus mourlani (Carapidae)

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Carapus mourlani (Petit, 1934) is a commensal of sea stars and has the ability to produce sounds. Interestingly, we show here that this fish has a larger repertoire than previously recorded.Carapus mourlani can produce trains of 2–6 pulses, suites of double-pulses, staccatos of 2–17 weak pulses, and hums. These sounds are most probably emitted for species identification and for conspecific attraction, but we do not know their exact functions because they were all produced once the fish were inside the host. The ability to produce various specific messages indicates this behavior is important to the biology of this symbiotic, nocturnal species.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2016

This article was made available online on April 29, 2016 as a Fast Track article with title: "New insights into sound production in <i>Carapus mourlani</i> (Carapidae)".

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  • The Bulletin of Marine Science is dedicated to the dissemination of high quality research from the world's oceans. All aspects of marine science are treated by the Bulletin of Marine Science, including papers in marine biology, biological oceanography, fisheries, marine affairs, applied marine physics, marine geology and geophysics, marine and atmospheric chemistry, and meteorology and physical oceanography.
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