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Acoustic fish community in the Madeira Archipelago

Updated: Jun 26

New publication titled "Acoustic fish community in the Madeira Archipelago (North Atlantic Ocean): characterization of sound diversity and daily patterns"


Marine ecosystems are facing more human pressures than ever before, so urgent monitoring plans are required. With the power of Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM), we can now detect underwater species and keep a close eye on biodiversity changes.


This study brings exciting news from this research front! It characterize for the first time the acoustic fish community in the Madeira Archipelago. The study identified 102 potentially vocal fish species, with 35 confirmed vocal species. Additionally, 43 different fish sound types were discovered in the marine protected areas of Garajau and Desertas.


This underwater realm is buzzing with fish vocal activity! Here, we also observed distinct diurnal and nocturnal fish sound patterns, with Pomacentridae and scorpionfishes making a splash as dominant sound sources at each time of the day, respectively.


This stepping stone study is setting the stage for future monitoring programs in Madeira. Hear the sounds here! 🌊🐠🔊


Reference: Muñoz-Duque, S., Fonseca, P. J., Quintella, B., Monteiro, J. G., Fernandez, M., Silva, R., Vieira, M. & Amorim, M. C. P. (2024). Acoustic fish community in the Madeira Archipelago (North Atlantic Ocean): characterization of sound diversity and daily patterns. Marine Environmental Research, 106600. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.marenvres.2024.106600

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