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Ecologists battle deafening insects while assessing biodiversity via acoustic surveys in sub-tropical Japan


A collaborative team of ecologists, led by those from Trinity, has been using recordings of animal noises to assess biodiversity in sub-tropical Japan.

The team assessed how effective these acoustic surveys were for pinpointing Okinawa’s wild and wonderful fauna in different sonic conditions—and discovered that the incessant choruses of the local cicadas disguise the true diversity of the region.

The work, just published in the journal Ecological Indicators, underlines the great potential that acoustic surveys have for characterising the biodiversity of habitats while also highlighting some major potential pitfalls. MORE

Header image: Trinity College Dublin.