Fish Physiology: Fish Biomechanics

Edited by

  • Robert Shadwick, Canada Research Chair, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Canada
  • George Lauder, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

The first in two decades to exclusively integrate physiological and biomechanical studies of fish locomotion, feeding and breathing, making this book both comprehensive and unique. This book reviews and integrates recent developments in research on fish biomechanics, with particular emphasis on experimental results derived from the application of innovative new technologies to this area of research, such as high-speed video, sonomicrometry and digital imaging of flow fields. The collective chapters, written by leaders in the field, provide a multidisciplinary view and synthesis of the latest information on feeding mechanics, breathing mechanics, sensory systems, stability and maueverability, skeletal systems, muscle structure and performance, and hydrodynamics of steady and burst swimming, including riverine passage of migratory species.
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Fish Biologists, Animal Physiologists, Animal Behaviourists, Ecologists, Aquaculture industry, Aquatic Toxicology Researchers, Fisheries Managers


Book information

  • Published: January 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-350447-0


"I would recommend this book as a reference text for fish scientists and for other icthyological enthusiasts." -Lydia A. Brown, in THE VETERINARY JOURNAL

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Mechanics of Respiratory PumpsContributors: Elizabeth L. Brainerd and Lara A. Ferry-GrahamChapter 2. Skull Biomechanics and Suction Feeding in FishesContributors: Mark W. WestneatChapter 3. Functional Morphology of the Pharyngeal Jaw ApparatusContributors: Peter C. WainwrightChapter 4. The Hydrodynamic and Structural Mechanics of the Lateral Line SystemContributors: Sheryl Coombs and Sietse van NettenChapter 5. Skinand Bones, Sinew and Gristle: The Mechanical Behavior of Fish Skeletal TissuesContributors: Adam P. Summers and John H. LongChapter 6. Functional Proerties of Skeletal MuscleContributors: Douglas A. SymeChapter 7. Structure, Kinematics and Muscle Dynamics in Undulatory SwimmingContributors: Robert E. Shadwick and Sven GemballaChapter 8. Stability and ManeuverabilityContributors: Paul W. WebbChapter 9. Fast-Start MechanicsContributors: James M. WakelingChapter 10. Mechanics of Pectoral Fin Swimming in FishesContributors: Elliot G. Drucker, Jeffrey A. Walker, Mark W. WestneatChapter 11. Hydrodynamics of undulatory propulsionContributors: George V. Lauder and Eric D. TytellChapter 12. Biomechanics and Fisheries ConservationContributors: Theodore Castro-Santos and Alex Haro