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Does noise from shipping and boat traffic affect predator vigilance in the European common hermit crab?
Nousek-McGregor, A.E.; Mei, F.T.L. (2016). Does noise from shipping and boat traffic affect predator vigilance in the European common hermit crab?, in: Popper, A.N. et al. (Ed.) The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875: pp. 767-774. hdl.handle.net/10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_94
In: Popper, A.N.; Hawkins, A. (Ed.) (2016). The effects of noise on aquatic life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, 875. Springer Science+Business Media, Inc: New York. ISBN 978-1-4939-2980-1. xxx, 1292 pp., more
In: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology. Springer: Berlin. ISSN 0065-2598, more
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Keywords
    Invertebrates; Predation; Marine
Author keywords
    Escape response; Distraction

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  • Nousek-McGregor, A.E.
  • Mei, F.T.L.

Abstract
    The effect of noise on predator vigilance in Pagurus bernhardus was explored in this study. Latency of the first response, emergence time, and response type were measured from hermit crabs during continuous and variable vessel noise and two controls. The mean (±SE) response latency was longer for the noise treatments (continuous, 18.19?±?2.78 s; variable, 11.39?±?1.48 s) than for the controls (ambient, 7.21?±?0.82 s; silent, 6.66?±?0.95 s). Response type and emergence time were not significantly affected but were more variable during the noise treatments than during the controls. Noisy conditions may increase predation risk, suggesting potential fitness consequences for invertebrates.

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