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Fish Physiology: Fish Biomechanics - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123504470, 9780080477763

Fish Physiology: Fish Biomechanics, Volume 23

1st Edition

Editors: Robert Shadwick George Lauder
Hardcover ISBN: 9780123504470
eBook ISBN: 9780080477763
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 19th January 2006
Page Count: 560
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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


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


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

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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