In proving that mud crabs can hear, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity researcher A. Ran­dall Hughes answered a ques­tion most sci­en­tists in her field never thought to ask.

Trig­gered by a layman’s ques­tion, her find­ings, pub­lished in a sci­en­tific journal last month, are pro­viding new insight into the eco­log­ical com­mu­nity found on coral reefs.

This project was ini­ti­ated by a TV pro­ducer that we were working with who knew that some of these fish made a lot of noise,” explained Hughes, the lead researcher on the study pub­lished in the June 18 edi­tion of the Pro­ceed­ings of the Royal Society B, a journal that focuses on the bio­log­ical sciences.

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