Integrates 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, provides 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.
Chapter 1. Mechanics of Respiratory Pumps Chapter 2. Skull Biomechanics and Suction Feeding in Fishes Chapter 3. Functional Morphology of the Pharyngeal Jaw Apparatus Chapter 4. The Hydrodynamic and Structural Mechanics of the Lateral Line System Chapter 5. Skinand Bones, Sinew and Gristle: The Mechanical Behavior of Fish Skeletal Tissues Chapter 6. Functional Proerties of Skeletal Muscle Chapter 7. Structure, Kinematics and Muscle Dynamics in Undulatory Swimming Chapter 8. Stability and Maneuverability Chapter 9. Fast-Start Mechanics Chapter 10. Mechanics of Pectoral Fin Swimming in Fishes Chapter 11. Hydrodynamics of undulatory propulsion Chapter 12. Biomechanics and Fisheries Conservation Contributors: Theodore Castro-Santos and Alex Haro