Does noise from shipping and boat traffic affect predator vigilance in the European common hermit crab?

Nousek-McGregor, A. E. and Mei, F. (2016) Does noise from shipping and boat traffic affect predator vigilance in the European common hermit crab? In: Popper, A. N. and Hawkins, A. (eds.) The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. Series: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (875). Springer New York, pp. 767-774. ISBN 9781493929801 (doi:10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_94)

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Abstract

The effect of noise on predator vigilance in Pagurus bernhardus was explored in this study. Latency of the first response, emergence time, and response type were measured from hermit crabs during continuous and variable vessel noise and two controls. The mean (±SE) response latency was longer for the noise treatments (continuous, 18.19 ± 2.78 s; variable, 11.39 ± 1.48 s) than for the controls (ambient, 7.21 ± 0.82 s; silent, 6.66 ± 0.95 s). Response type and emergence time were not significantly affected but were more variable during the noise treatments than during the controls. Noisy conditions may increase predation risk, suggesting potential fitness consequences for invertebrates.

Item Type:Book Sections
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Mcgregor, Dr Anna
Authors: Nousek-McGregor, A. E., and Mei, F.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences
Publisher:Springer New York
ISSN:0065-2598
ISBN:9781493929801

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