Diel and seasonal timing of sound production by black drum (Pogonias cromis)

Locascio, James V. and Mann, David A. (2011) Diel and seasonal timing of sound production by black drum (Pogonias cromis). Fishery Bulletin, 109(3), pp. 327-338.

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Acoustic recorders were used to document black drum (Pogonias cromis) sound production during their spawning season in southwest Florida. Diel patterns of sound production were similar to those of other sciaenid fishes and demonstrated increased sound levels from the late afternoon to early evening—a period that lasted up to 12 hours during peak season. Peak sound production occurred from January through March when water temperatures were between 18° and 22°C. Seasonal trends in sound production matched patterns of black drum reproductive readiness and spawning reported previously for populations in the Gulf of Mexico. Total acoustic energy of nightly chorus events was estimated by integration of the sound pressure amplitude with duration above a threshold based on daytime background levels. Maximum chorus sound level was highly correlated with total acoustic energy and was used to quantitatively represent nightly black drum sound production. This study gives evidence that long-term passive acoustic recordings can provide information on the timing and location of black drum reproductive behavior that is similar to that provided by traditional, more costly methods. The methods and results have broad application for the study of many other fish species, including commercially and recreationally valuable reef fishes that produce sound in association with reproductive behav

Item Type: Article
Title: Diel and seasonal timing of sound production by black drum (Pogonias cromis)
Personal Creator/Author:
Locascio, James V.
Mann, David A.
Refereed: Yes
Journal or Publication Title: Fishery Bulletin
Volume: 109
Number: 3
Page Range: pp. 327-338
Date: 2011
ISSN: 0090-0656
Issuing Agency: United States National Marine Fisheries Service
Subjects: Biology
Item ID: 8711
Depositing User: Patti M. Marraro
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2012 14:53
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 14:53
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/8711

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