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Adding insult to injury: anthropogenic noise intensifies predation risk by an invasive freshwater fish species

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The ecological impact of invasive species is likely to be modulated by human-induced alterations in habitats, which represents another driver of biodiversity loss. We tested the effect of soundscape degradation on predation by the round goby Neogobius melanostomus, one of Europe’s “worst invasive species”. For this, we compared the relationship between per capita predation rate and prey density (i.e., the functional response) in the presence or absence of motorboat sounds. Unexpectedly, fish displayed a stronger functional response with additional noise, which could be explained by a higher mobility promoting encounters with prey. Our results suggest that anthropogenic noise is likely to exacerbate the impact of invasive species.

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All datasets and source code as well as the playback track are available as electronic supplementary materials on public repository: Fernandez Declerck, Rojas, Prosnier, Teulier, Dechaume-Moncharmont, Médoc (2022) Datasets and R source code of manuscript “Adding insult to injury: anthropogenic noise intensifies predation risk by an invasive freshwater fish species” by Fernandez Declerck et al. Zenodo

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We thank Jérôme Moreau, Sébastien Motreuil, Maria Texeira, Ludovic Guillard, Julien Bouchard, and Sylvain Besson for field sampling. We also thank Nicolas Boyer and Aurélie Pradeau for fish rearing. We are grateful to the referees who spent time on the manuscript and raised valuable comments.


This research was supported by grant “AMI espèces prioritaires” (grant #20 014093 01) from Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and PNA Apron.

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MFD, LT, FXDM and VM designed the study. MFD and ER performed the experiments and collected the data. MFD, LP, FXDM and VM analysed the data. MFD and VM drafted the manuscript, and all authors provided critical revisions. All authors approved the final version of the manuscript.

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Correspondence to Vincent Médoc.

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Round goby capture and transport were approved by the Direction Départementale des Territoires de la Loire (DDT 42). All the procedures were conducted in accordance with appropriate European (Directive 2010/63/EU) and French national guidelines, permits, and regulations regarding animal care and experimental use (Approval no C42-218–0901, Direction Départementale de la Protection des Populations de la Loire, Préfecture du Rhône).

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Fernandez-Declerck, M., Rojas, E., Prosnier, L. et al. Adding insult to injury: anthropogenic noise intensifies predation risk by an invasive freshwater fish species. Biol Invasions 25, 2775–2785 (2023).

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