Acoustic intensity discrimination by the cichlid fish Astronotus ocellatus (Cuvier)

Abstract

The acoustic intensity discrimination ability of the oscar (Astronotus ocellatus), a cichlid fish, was investigated using an automated positive reward method. Intensity discrimination thresholds (ΔI, in dB) for 7-s continuous pure tone signals were measured both as functions of sound intensity above thresholds, i.e., sensation levels, (SL)(+10 dB, +20 dB and +30 dB) and frequency (200 Hz, 500 Hz, and 800 Hz). ΔI at 500 Hz for +10 dB, +20 dB, and +30 dB SLs are 8.9, 5.5, and 3.3 dB, respectively. ΔI (at+20 dB SL) for 200 Hz, 500 Hz, and 800 Hz are 4.5, 5.5, and 9.3 dB, respectively. Despite having poor auditory sensitivity (narrow frequency range and high thresholds), the intensity discrimination ability of the oscar follows the general trends of previously studied fish species, however, with higher thresholds.

DOI: 10.1007/BF00212699

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@article{Yan1993AcousticID, title={Acoustic intensity discrimination by the cichlid fish Astronotus ocellatus (Cuvier)}, author={Hong Yan and Arthur N Popper}, journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A}, year={1993}, volume={173}, pages={347-351} }