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Título: Variability in the sonic muscles of the lusitanian toadfish (Halobatrachus didactylus): Acoustic signals may reflect individual quality
Autor: Amorim, Maria Clara Pessoa
Vasconcelos, Raquel Ornelas
Parreira, Bárbara
Data: 2009
Editora: NRC Research Press
Citação: Canadian Journal of Zoology, 87, 718-725
Resumo: Animal vocalizations are good examples of signals that have been shaped by sexual selection and often contribute to resolve contests or the choice of mates. We relate the mass of the sound-producing muscles of a highly vocal fish species, the Lusitanian toadfish (Halobatrachus didactylus (Bloch and Schneider, 1801)), with the sender’s physical features, such as body size, and reproductive and body condition. In this species, both sexes are known to emit sounds during agonistic interactions and males rely on their mate attraction vocalizations to reproduce. Sonic muscles were highly variable among males (CV = 40%) and females (CV = 33%) and showed sexual dimorphism. Regression analysis showed that variability in the sonic muscles was best explained by total length and fish condition in males and females. Liver mass in both genders, and the mass of the testes accessory glands, also explained sonic muscle variability. These variables explained 96% and 91% of the sonic muscle mass variability in males and females, respectively. As in teleost fishes sonic muscle mass correlates to particular sound acoustic features, we propose that in the Lusitanian toadfish sounds can inform the receiver about the sender’s quality, such as body size and condition, which are critical information in contests and mate choice.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/1365
ISSN: 0008-4301
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