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dc.contributor.authorRossi, T.en
dc.contributor.authorPistevos, J.en
dc.contributor.authorConnell, S.en
dc.contributor.authorNagelkerken, I.en
dc.identifier.citationScientific Reports, 2018; 8(1):5840-1-5840-6en
dc.descriptionPublished online: 11 April 2018en
dc.description.abstractPopulation replenishment of marine life largely depends on successful dispersal of larvae to suitable adult habitat. Ocean acidification alters behavioural responses to physical and chemical cues in marine animals, including the maladaptive deterrence of settlement-stage larval fish to odours of preferred habitat and attraction to odours of non-preferred habitat. However, sensory compensation may allow fish to use alternative settlement cues such as sound. We show that future ocean acidification reverses the attraction of larval fish (barramundi) to their preferred settlement sounds (tropical estuarine mangroves). Instead, acidification instigates an attraction to unfamiliar sounds (temperate rocky reefs) as well as artificially generated sounds (white noise), both of which were ignored by fish living in current day conditions. This finding suggests that by the end of the century, following a business as usual CO₂ emission scenario, these animals might avoid functional environmental cues and become attracted to cues that provide no adaptive advantage or are potentially deleterious. This maladaptation could disrupt population replenishment of this and other economically important species if animals fail to adapt to elevated CO₂ conditions.en
dc.description.statementofresponsibilityTullio Rossi, Jennifer C. A. Pistevos, Sean D. Connell, Ivan Nagelkerkenen
dc.publisherNature Publishing Groupen
dc.rights© The Author(s) 2018. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, which permits use, sharing, adaptation, distribution and reproduction in any medium or format, as long as you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. To view a copy of this license, visit
dc.subjectAnimals; Bass; Carbon Dioxide; Acoustic Stimulation; Cues; Auditory Perception; Seawater; Larva; Hydrogen-Ion Concentration; Sound; Climate Change; Estuaries; Animal Distributionen
dc.titleOn the wrong track: ocean acidification attracts larval fish to irrelevant environmental cuesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
pubs.library.collectionEnvironment Institute publicationsen
dc.identifier.orcidPistevos, J. [0000-0001-8081-7069]en
dc.identifier.orcidConnell, S. [0000-0002-5350-6852]en
dc.identifier.orcidNagelkerken, I. [0000-0003-4499-3940]en
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