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Fish Sounds Archive

 

I am currently working with a network of scientists to establish a National Archive of Fish Sounds in the Library of Natural Sounds at Cornell University. This work also involves ongoing efforts to rescue historical data on fish sounds. Besides summarizing these efforts, this page provides sound clips for 17 fish species. My colleagues and I have a CD available containing the sounds of 153 fishes as originally published in 1970 by Fish and Mowbray in their landmark book "Sounds of Western North Atlantic Fishes: A Reference File of Underwater Biological Sounds." A list of species on the CD is not yet available on my web page, but includes 153 of the 171 sound producing species from Table 1 of the poster presentation listed below (View Poster). Sounds for the other 18 species were observed but not available to Fish and Mowbray at the time of the book's publication. I will add a list of the species available on the CD at a later date. However, if Fish and Mowbray present data on a species (spectra or oscillograms) in their book, then it is on the CD.

I. Pilot study to inventory historic marine animal sound tape archives originally collected by Fish, Mowbray, Winn and others, and now held at the University of Rhode Island. This project was funded through a development grant by the Rhode Island Sea Grant Program.

A. Proposal - Feasibility of rescue of historic data on fish sounds compiled by the University of Rhode Island Narragansett Marine Laboratory during the 1950', 60's and 70's.

B. A summary of the inventory was recently presented as posters at two conferences:

Rountree, R.A., P.J. Perkins, R.D. Kenney, and K.R. Hinga. 2001. Sounds of Western North Atlantic Fishes: Data rescue. Poster presented at the conference: Bioacoustics of Fishes: sensory biology, behavior, and practical applications. May 30-June 2, 2001, Chicago, IL. View Poster.

Rountree, R.A., P.J. Perkins, R.D. Kenney, and K.R. Hinga. 2001. Sounds of Western North Atlantic Fishes. Poster presented at the 81st annual meeting of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, 17th annual meeting of the American Elasmobranch Society, State College, Pennsylvania on July 5-10, 2001. View Poster.

C. My colleagues and I have published an extended abstract calling attention to the need for a National Reference Archive of Fish Sounds, and for the rescue of historic data on fish sounds.

2. As part of this project, we have recovered the original reference file of fish sounds created by Marie Fish and William Mowbray as a companion to their book "Sounds of Western North Atlantic Fishes: A Reference File of Biological Underwater Sounds (1970, The Johns Hopkins Press)." We have digitized the original recordings and a CD-ROM is currently available through URI (proceed to next page for info). I provide a glimpse of this extraordinary data by providing selected sound clips of 17 species from the archive. Sounds of 17 species of marine fishes.

 


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