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Chronobiology by moonlight.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23825199     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Most studies in chronobiology focus on solar cycles (daily and annual). Moonlight and the lunar cycle received considerably less attention by chronobiologists. An exception are rhythms in intertidal species. Terrestrial ecologists long ago acknowledged the effects of moonlight on predation success, and consequently on predation risk, foraging behaviour and habitat use, while marine biologists have focused more on the behaviour and mainly on reproduction synchronization with relation to the Moon phase. Lately, several studies in different animal taxa addressed the role of moonlight in determining activity and studied the underlying mechanisms. In this paper, we review the ecological and behavioural evidence showing the effect of moonlight on activity, discuss the adaptive value of these changes, and describe possible mechanisms underlying this effect. We will also refer to other sources of night-time light ('light pollution') and highlight open questions that demand further studies.
Noga Kronfeld-Schor; Davide Dominoni; Horacio de la Iglesia; Oren Levy; Erik D Herzog; Tamar Dayan; Charlotte Helfrich-Forster
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review     Date:  2013-07-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  280     ISSN:  1471-2954     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-07-04     Completed Date:  2014-03-03     Revised Date:  2014-08-24    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20123088     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Behavior, Animal / physiology
Circadian Rhythm / physiology
Feeding Behavior / physiology*
Invertebrates / physiology*
Predatory Behavior / physiology
Reproduction / physiology
Vertebrates / physiology

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