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Grasping convergent evolution in syngnathids: a unique tale of tails
Seahorses and pipehorses both possess a prehensile tail, a unique characteristic among teleost fishes, allowing them to grasp and hold onto substrates such as sea grasses. Although studies haveExpand
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Regional variation in morphology of vertebral centra and intervertebral joints in striped bass, Morone saxatilis
The vertebral column of fishes has traditionally been divided into just two distinct regions, abdominal and caudal. Recently, however, developmental, morphological, and mechanical investigations haveExpand
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Soft Dentin Results in Unique Flexible Teeth in Scraping Catfishes
Teeth are generally used for actions in which they experience mainly compressive forces acting toward the base. The ordered tooth enamel(oid) and dentin structures contribute to the high compressiveExpand
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Morphological specializations in heterocongrinae (Anguilliformes: Congridae) related to burrowing and feeding
The remarkable lifestyle of heterocongrines has drawn the attention of many authors in the past, though no or little attention has been paid to the morphology of the tail and the head of theseExpand
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Moringua edwardsi (Moringuidae: Anguilliformes): Cranial specialization for head‐first burrowing?
The order Anguilliformes forms a natural group of eel‐like species. Moringua edwardsi (Moringuidae) is of special interest because of its peculiar fossorial lifestyle: this species burrowsExpand
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Musculoskeletal structure of the feeding system and implications of snout elongation in Hippocampus reidi and Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus.
A thorough morphological description of the feeding apparatus in Hippocampus reidi, a long-snouted seahorse, and Dunckerocampus dactyliophorus, an extremely long-snouted pipefish, revealedExpand
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Pisodonophis boro (ophichthidae: anguilliformes): Specialization for head‐first and tail‐first burrowing?
The rice paddy eel, Pisodonophis boro (P. boro), is of special interest because of its peculiar burrowing habits. P. boro penetrates the substrate tail‐first, a technique common for ophichthids, butExpand
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Broader head, stronger bite: In vivo bite forces in European eel Anguilla anguilla.
This work examined three different phenotypes of the yellow-eel stage of the European eel Anguilla anguilla, broad-heads, narrow-heads and eels with an intermediate head shape. The aim was to seeExpand
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Dealing with Food and Eggs in Mouthbrooding Cichlids: Structural and Functional Trade-Offs in Fitness Related Traits
Background As in any vertebrate, heads of fishes are densely packed with functions. These functions often impose conflicting mechanical demands resulting in trade-offs in the species-specificExpand
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Musculoskeletal anatomy and feeding performance of pre‐feeding engyodontic larvae of the European eel (Anguilla anguilla)
Being part of the elopomorph group of fishes, Anguillidae species show a leptocephalus larval stage. However, due to largely unknown spawning locations and habitats of their earliest life stages, asExpand
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