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Energetic Extremes in Aquatic Locomotion by Coral Reef Fishes

Fulton, Christopher J.; Johansen, Jacob L.; Steffensen, John F.


Underwater locomotion is challenging due to the high friction and resistance imposed on a body moving through water and energy lost in the wake during undulatory propulsion. While aquatic organisms have evolved streamlined shapes to overcome such resistance, underwater locomotion has long been considered a costly exercise. Recent evidence for a range of swimming vertebrates, however, has suggested that flapping paired appendages around a rigid body may be an extremely efficient means of aquatic...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2013-01-09
Type: Journal article
Source: PLoS ONE
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0054033


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