Frédéric Bertucci

Frédéric Bertucci
Institute of Research for Development | IRD · UMR 248 MARBEC

Ph.D

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Introduction
My research aims to investigate social behaviour in fishes with a particular focus on acoustic communication. I study different aspects of this process such as mechanisms of sound production, hearing abilities or sound characteristics. Lately, I became more interested in the use of passive acoustics in order to monitor populations in the wild and use bioacoustics as a tool for conservation plans. https://sites.google.com/view/fredericbertucci
Additional affiliations
March 2022 - September 2022
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
Position
  • Project Engineer
September 2021 - February 2022
University of Liège
Position
  • Scientific collaborator
July 2020 - May 2021
Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
September 2008 - December 2011
Université Jean Monnet
Field of study
  • Animal Biology and Physiology
September 2005 - February 2008
University of Copenhagen
Field of study
  • Animal Behaviour
September 2005 - July 2006
University of Nice Sophia Antipolis
Field of study
  • Population Biology and Ecosystems

Publications

Publications (58)
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Different marine habitats are characterised by different soundscapes. How or which differences may be representative of the habitat characteristics and/or community structure remains however to be explored. A growing project in passive acoustics is to find a way to use soundscapes to have information on the habitat and on its changes. In this study...
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Understanding the relationship between coral reef condition and recruitment potential is vital for the development of effective management strategies that maintain coral cover and biodiversity. Coral larvae (planulae) have been shown to use certain sensory cues to orient towards settlement habitats (e.g. the odour of live crustose coralline algae -...
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How vocal organisms share acoustic space has primarily received attention in terrestrial environments. Comparable studies in marine environments, however, remain rare. By recording sounds on a coral reef in French Polynesia for 48 h and 24 h, this study provides first insights on how different sound types are distributed within the acoustic space a...
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Noise pollution is an anthropogenic stressor that is increasingly recognized for its negative impact on the physiology, behavior and fitness of marine organisms. Driven by the recent expansion of maritime shipping, artisanal fishing and tourism (e.g., motorboats used for recreational purpose), underwater noise increased greatly on coral reefs. In t...
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to government-enforced limits on activities worldwide, causing a marked reduction of human presence in outdoors environments, including in coastal areas that normally support substantial levels of boat traffic. These restrictions provided a unique opportunity to quantify the degree to which anthropogenic noise con...
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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic led to a reduction in human activities and restriction of all but essential movement for much of the world's population. A large, but temporary, increase in air and water quality followed, and there have been several reports of animal populations moving into new areas. Extending on long-term monitoring efforts, we exa...
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Fish development and acclimation to environmental conditions are strongly mediated by the hormonal endocrine system. In environments contaminated by anthropogenic stressors, hormonal pathway alterations can be detrimental for growth, survival, fitness, and at a larger scale for population maintenance. In the context of increasingly contaminated mar...
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This paper presents a transdisciplinary study focusing on the socio-ecological mechanisms at play in the alteration of Moorea’s (French Polynesia) coastline. Building on a previous study synthesizing the results from monitoring efforts of the island’s coastline from 1977 to 2018, we offer a joint analysis of scientific and local perceptions of coas...
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Anthropogenic underwater noise impacts have become a hot topic for environmental managers and regulators in Europeand beyond. Sounds from human activity at sea include shipping and other marine craft, construction and installations, sonar and seismic surveys. This Future Science Brief presents an update on the previous EMB publication on underwater...
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Although molecular methods and bioacoustical analysis have been used to uncover cryptic species, the combination of both methodologies is still rare. The humbug damselfish complex, Dascyllus aruanus, is composed of at least two species with Dascyllus aruanus in the Pacific Ocean and Dascyllus abudafur in the Indian Ocean. However, genetic data sugg...
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The COVID-19 pandemic led to a global lockdown in mid-2020, leading to a rapid decline in international travel and tourism. In French Polynesia, marine-based tourism activities ceased in March 2020 with the suspension of international flights (i.e., 45 days - between 20th March and 04th May 2020), slowly restarting between May-July as domestic and...
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Understanding the processes that shape biodiversity is essential for effective environmental management. Across the world’s coral reefs, algal farming damselfish (Stegastes sp.) modify the surrounding benthic community through their creation of algae “farms”. Using a long-term monitoring dataset (2005–2019) from Moorea Island, French Polynesia, we...
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This study examined the effects of coastline modification on recruitment patterns of coral reef fishes at Moorea Island (French Polynesia). The fish surveys were conducted at different distances (1, 10, and 30 m) from three natural shorelines (sandy beach, mangrove, muddy herbaceous area) and two engineered shore structures (sea embankment, artific...
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Understanding the natural state of coral reefs is paramount to evaluate the response of these ecosystems to local and global human impacts as well as management and conservation strategies. In French Polynesia, some islands are still pristine or uninhabited, such as Tupai atoll. Tupai has been uninhabited, with access to the lagoon prohibited since...
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The ability to produce sounds for acoustic communication is well known in different grunt species (Haemulidae). However, most of the sounds have not been described and the sound-producing mechanism of very few grunt species has been deeply studied. Additional data is needed to search for synapomorphy in the sonic mechanism. This study describes aco...
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Many sounds produced by fishes remain to be described. Understanding sound production for vocal species would permit the development of passive acoustic monitoring of fish diversity. The present study investigated sound production in the glassy sweeper Pempheris schomburgkii in Guadeloupe reefs, French West Indies. Two recording approaches were use...
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A recurrent question arising in fish bioacoustics research concerns the number of vocal fish species that may exist. Although it is not possible to provide a precise globally valid number, an estimation based on recordings already collected at coral reefs (Moorea) and on morphological approaches indicates that approximately half of the fish familie...
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In the South Pacific, an important island has been forgotten and neglected from monitoring and research programs on marine biodiversity: Bora-Bora, often called the ‘Pearl of the Pacific’. To fill this gap in our knowledge, we have analyzed the only two datasets available to date on the biodiversity of Bora-Bora’s reefs: Reef Checks’ program, condu...
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Advancement and diversification of the aquaculture industry is reliant on the development of captive breeding and rearing protocols for novel fish species. Orbicular batfish (Platax orbicularis), a major emerging species in Polynesian aquaculture, live in brackish and marine waters around coral reefs, and are highly prized by Pacific Island communi...
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Coral reefs are among the most biologically diverse and complex marine ecosystems on Earth. However, anthropogenic impacts continue to degrade coral reefs worldwide, potentially increasing the ability for localized climatic irregularities or fluctuations to cause rapid changes to habitats over limited spatial scales. Bora-Bora Island was impacted b...
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Methods for surveying biodiversity range from rapid biodiversity assessments to full taxonomic inventories. Recently, surveying of biological sounds has been suggested as a means to rapidly quantify ecosystem health and biodiversity as it enables remote, non-intrusive and continuous surveillance of communities at a high temporal resolution. The pre...
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The few works on audition in sharks and rays concern only adult specimens. We report the hearing abilities in the dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula at different stages, from embryos that still have their yolk sac inside their egg, to juveniles. Hearing development corresponds to an increase in the frequency range from 100−300 Hz in early pre‐hatching s...
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Marine environments are far from being silent and coral reefs in particular house a large variety of vocal fishes. How can the different species communicate efficiently and avoid cacophony? Fishes from French Polynesia may optimize their communication by selecting specific time and spectral windows to insert their signals within the acoustic space....
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In 2018, on the isolated Anaa atoll (South Pacific), a Marine Educational Area (MEA) was established by the local community to protect fisheries resources on the reef barrier next to their village. Whilst the remote location of the small MEA has provided some protection from anthropogenic pressures due to distance and low population, we showed that...
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The present study highlights the importance of intertidal seagrass beds as nursery areas for coral reef fish juveniles along four sites (Mtsoubatsou, Sohoa, Boueni, Ngouja) on the western coast of Mayotte Island. The results collected by underwater visual census from November 2012 to January 2013 showed that mean total fish density between adults a...
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Passive acoustic monitoring (PAM) is a non‐invasive technique that uses hydrophones to monitor populations and ecosystem dynamics. Although many applications of PAM have been developed in recent years, it has never been used to identify a calling marine species. The south pass of Fakarava Atoll, French Polynesia, hosts spawning events of many reef...
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Our study highlights the effect of the macroalgae Asparagopsis taxiformis on the feeding behaviour of the tropical surgeonfish Acanthurus triostegus. The presence of A. taxiformis chemical cues reduced A. triostegus feeding, suggesting that the presence of this algae could affect not only the survival of fish in the post‐larval stage, but also alte...
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While many monitoring programs on coral reefs (for lagoons and outer slopes) exist in the South Pacific, there are no observatories dedicated to monitoring the coastline, a small strip of land and sea upon which many environmental and economic issues coincide. The present study compares the extent of coastline modification at Moorea Island (French...
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In fishes, sonic abilities for communication purpose usually involve a single mechanism. We describe here the sonic mechanism and sounds in two species of boxfish, the spotted trunkfish Ostracion meleagris and the yellow boxfish Ostracion cubicus. The sonic mechanism utilizes a T-shaped swimbladder with a swimbladder fenestra and two separate sonic...
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Microplastics are ubiquitous throughout the oceans, yet few studies have documented their occurrence in ma- rine organisms associated with coral reefs. Four genera of adult sh were sampled (Myripristis spp., Siganus spp., Epinephelus merra and Cheilopogon simus) from different trophic guilds around the tropical island of Moorea, French Polynesia. D...
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Dory, the animated surgeonfish created by the Pixar Animation studios, famously suffered from short-term memory loss leading to many adventures. In reality, many fishes have excellent cognitive abilities and are able to learn and retain important information such as the identity of predators. However, if and how cognition can be affected by anthrop...
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The ability to produce sounds for acoustic communication is known in different Balistidae species but the eventual synapomorphic aspect of the mechanism remains to be shown. In Rhinecanthus aculeatus, sounds result from alternate sweeping movements of the right and left pectoral fins, which push a system of three scutes against the swim bladder wal...
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Acoustic recording has been recognized as a valuable tool for non-intrusive monitoring of the marine environment, complementing traditional visual surveys. Acoustic surveys conducted on coral ecosystems have so far been restricted to barrier reefs and to shallow depths (10–30 m). Since they may provide refuge for coral reef organisms, the monitorin...
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Lateralization, i.e. the preferential use of one side of the body, may convey fitness benefits for organisms within rapidly-changing environments, by optimizing separate and parallel processing of different information between the two brain hemispheres. In coral reef-fishes, the movement of larvae from planktonic to reef environments (recruitment)...
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Many studies stress the usefulness of fish calls as effective indicators of distinct species occurrence. However, most of these studies have been undertaken in a given area and during restricted periods of time. There is a need to show passive acoustic monitoring is a reliable method to study vocal species over space and time. This study aims to us...
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For marine fishes with a bipartite life cycle, pelagic larval dispersal can shape the distribution, connectivity, composition and resilience of adult populations. Numerous studies of larval dispersal, and associated settlement and recruitment processes, have examined the relationship between population connectivity and oceanographic features. Howev...
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Collected larval fishes and percentage of the moon that was illuminated. Raw data of the larval fishes that were collected during the study and data of the percentage of the moon that was illuminated. (XLSX)
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The ability to produce sounds has been known for decades in Balistidae. Sounds of many species have been recorded and a variety of sound producing mechanisms have been proposed including teeth stridulation, collision of buccal teeth, and movements of the fins. The best supported hypothesis involves movements of the pectoral fins against the lateral...
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As environmental sounds are used by larval fish and crustaceans to locate and orientate towards habitat during settlement, variations in the acoustic signature produced by habitats could provide valuable information about habitat quality, helping larvae to differentiate between potential settlement sites. However, very little is known about how aco...
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As environmental sounds are used by larval fish and crustaceans to locate and orientate towards habitat during settlement, variations in the acoustic signature produced by habitats could provide valuable information about habitat quality, helping larvae to differentiate between potential settlement sites. However, very little is known about how aco...
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Sound production by the dusky grouper Epinephelus marginatus was monitored both in captivity and at two Mediterranean spawning sites during the summers of 2012 and 2013. The results of long-term passive acoustic recordings provide for the first time a description of the sounds produced by E. marginatus. Two types of sounds were mainly recorded and...
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Grunts are fish that are well known to vocalize, but how they produce their grunting sounds has not been clearly identified. In addition to characterizing acoustic signals and hearing in the French grunt Haemulon flavolineatum, the present study investigates the sound-production mechanism of this species by means of high-speed X-ray videos and scan...
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Aggressive interactions between animals often occur in the presence of third parties. By observing aggressive signalling interactions, bystanders may eavesdrop and gain relevant information about conspecifics without the costs of interacting. On the other hand, interactants may also adjust their behaviour when an audience is present. This study aim...
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Playback experiments have been a useful tool for studying the function of sounds and the relevance of different sound characteristics in signal recognition in many different species of vertebrates. However, successful playback experiments in sound-producing fish remain rare, and few studies have investigated the role of particular sound features in...
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While acoustic communication has been described in adults of various fish species, our knowledge about the ontogeny of fish sound production is limited. In adults, sound signals are known to be involved during aggressive interactions. However, aggressive behaviour may appear early in the life of fishes due to the possible competition for food and s...
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Sounds produced by male cichlids Metriaclima zebra during aggressive interactions were recorded to conduct a detailed analysis and to search for potential individual acoustic signatures. Fish from two different size groups (small and large individuals) were analysed. The two groups were significantly different for all acoustic variables considered;...
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Various species of fish are known to produce sounds in different social contexts suggesting an important communicative role of acoustic signals. The aim of this thesis is to study the structure and the function of sounds produced during aggressive interactions between males of the cichlid fish Metriaclima zebra. By means of playback experiments, th...
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Acoustic signals are produced in many fish species during agonistic or courtship interactions. A way to test the biological role of these sounds is the use of acoustic playback experiments. However, sounds are usually associated with visual displays and playback experiments performed in fish so far, often failed to match acoustic and visual stimuli...

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Bioacoustic exploration of Tetraodontiformes sounds