Fish Physiology: Fish Biomechanics

Fish Physiology: Fish Biomechanics

1st Edition - January 19, 2006

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  • Editors: Robert Shadwick, George Lauder
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504470
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080477763

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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. Fish Physiology: Fish Biomechanics 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.

Key Features

  • Book presents concepts in biomechanics, a rapidly expanding area of research
  • First volume in over twenty years on this subject
  • Multi-author volume with contributions by leaders in the field
  • Clear explanations of basic biomechanical principles used in fish research
  • Well illustrated with summary figures and explanatory color diagrams


Fish Biologists, Animal Physiologists, Animal Behaviourists, Ecologists, Aquaculture industry, Aquatic Toxicology Researchers, Fisheries Managers

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. Mechanics of Respiratory Pumps
    Contributors: Elizabeth L. Brainerd and Lara A. Ferry-Graham

    Chapter 2. Skull Biomechanics and Suction Feeding in Fishes
    Contributors: Mark W. Westneat
    Chapter 3. Functional Morphology of the Pharyngeal Jaw Apparatus
    Contributors: Peter C. Wainwright

    Chapter 4. The Hydrodynamic and Structural Mechanics of the Lateral Line System
    Contributors: Sheryl Coombs and Sietse van Netten

    Chapter 5. Skinand Bones, Sinew and Gristle: The Mechanical Behavior of Fish Skeletal Tissues
    Contributors: Adam P. Summers and John H. Long

    Chapter 6. Functional Proerties of Skeletal Muscle
    Contributors: Douglas A. Syme

    Chapter 7. Structure, Kinematics and Muscle Dynamics in Undulatory Swimming
    Contributors: Robert E. Shadwick and Sven Gemballa

    Chapter 8. Stability and Maneuverability
    Contributors: Paul W. Webb

    Chapter 9. Fast-Start Mechanics
    Contributors: James M. Wakeling

    Chapter 10. Mechanics of Pectoral Fin Swimming in Fishes
    Contributors: Elliot G. Drucker, Jeffrey A. Walker, Mark W. Westneat

    Chapter 11. Hydrodynamics of undulatory propulsion
    Contributors: George V. Lauder and Eric D. Tytell

    Chapter 12. Biomechanics and Fisheries Conservation
    Contributors: Theodore Castro-Santos and Alex Haro

Product details

  • No. of pages: 560
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2006
  • Published: January 19, 2006
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504470
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080477763

About the Editors

Robert Shadwick

Affiliations and Expertise

Canada Research Chair, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver B.C., Canada

George Lauder

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA

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