Data for: Noise can affect acoustic communication and subsequent spawning success in fish

Published: 14 November 2017| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/n4926ms952.1
Karen de Jong, Paulo J Fonseca, Clive Fox, M. Clara P. Amorim, Katja U Heubel


In this study we tested the effect of continuous noise on courtship behaviour in two closely-related marine fishes: the two-spotted goby (Gobiusculus flavescens) and the painted goby (Pomatoschistus pictus) in aquarium experiments. Both species use visual and acoustic signals during courtship. In the two-spotted goby we used a repeated-measures design testing the same individuals in the noise and the control treatment, in alternating order. For the painted goby we allowed females to spawn, precluding a repeated-measures design, but permitting a test of the effect of noise on female spawning decisions. Males of both species reduced acoustic courtship, but only painted gobies also showed less visual courtship in the noise treatment compared to the control. Female painted gobies were less likely to spawn in the noise treatment. (N = Added noise treatment, S = silent control)



Noise, Spawning, Acoustic Behavior Associated with Vocalization, Fish Behavior