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Sound Production in Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus and S. platorynchus (Acipenseridae)


Sound production has been recently discovered in several species of Acipenser. Our work has focused on testing for sound production in species of sturgeon in the genus Scaphirhynchus. We discovered that pallid sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus and shovelnose sturgeon, S. albus produce sounds during the breeding season. These signals may be used as part of efforts to localize populations of sturgeon in the field, including the Alabama sturgeon, S. suttkusi.

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Johnston, C.E., Phillips, C.T. Sound Production in Sturgeon Scaphirhynchus albus and S. platorynchus (Acipenseridae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 68, 59–64 (2003).

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