Andrea J. Belanger

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Previous studies indicate that, in the round goby Neogobius melanostomus, the reproductively mature male releases a pheromone that attracts ripe females. Furthermore, studies suggest that the pheromone may be a steroid (more specifically a 5beta-reduced androgen) produced by specialized glandular tissue in the testes. In the present study, it is shown that(More)
The auditory abilities of the round goby Neogobius melanostomus were quantified using auditory evoked potential recordings, using tone bursts and conspecific call stimuli. Fish were tested over a range of sizes to assess effects of growth on hearing ability. Tests were also run with and without background noise to assess the potential effects of masking in(More)
Auditory and olfactory abilities of settlement-stage larvae of the coral trout Plectropomus leopardus (Pisces: Serranidae) were tested electrophysiologically to determine if these senses are sufficiently developed to aid larvae in detection of settlement habitats on coral reefs. Plectropomus leopardus larvae detected sounds from 100 to 2000 Hz with hearing(More)
The reproductive success of the round goby (Neogobius melanostomus), an invasive fish, may be mediated by the use of pheromones. We hypothesized that reproductive male (RM) round gobies release sex pheromone to which reproductive females (RF) respond. In this study, we compared behavioural and electrophysiological responses of reproductive and(More)
We report supporting evidence for the hypothesis that nesting round goby parental males release sex pheromones to attract females, and the results of preliminary experiments into pheromone isolation. We assessed pheromonal communication through physiological (electro-olfactogram, EOG) and behavioral responses of females to water conditioned by males.(More)
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