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Multifunctionality and mechanical origins: Ballistic jaw propulsion in trap-jaw ants
Extreme animal movements are usually associated with a single, high-performance behavior. However, the remarkably rapid mandible strikes of the trap-jaw ant, Odontomachus bauri, can yield multipleExpand
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Sound production during feeding in Hippocampus seahorses (Syngnathidae)
While there have been many anecdotal reports of sounds produced by Hippocampus seahorses, little is known about the mechanisms of sound production. We investigated clicking sounds produced duringExpand
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Spiny lobsters stick and slip to make sound
  • S. Patek
  • Geology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 10 May 2001
Many arthropods are able to produce pulsed sounds by rubbing a hard pick over stiff macroscopic ridges, rather like dragging a stick over a washboard. Spiny lobsters (Palinuridae) also make pulsedExpand
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Linkage mechanics and power amplification of the mantis shrimp's strike
SUMMARY Mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) generate extremely rapid and forceful predatory strikes through a suite of structural modifications of their raptorial appendages. Here we examine the keyExpand
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Extreme impact and cavitation forces of a biological hammer: strike forces of the peacock mantis shrimp Odontodactylus scyllarus
SUMMARY Mantis shrimp are renowned for their unusual method of breaking shells with brief, powerful strikes of their raptorial appendages. Due to the extreme speeds of these strikes underwater,Expand
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Vertebral Column Morphology, C-Start Curvature, and the Evolution of Mechanical Defenses in Tetraodontiform Fishes
Maximum body curvature during the initial phase of escape swimming (stage 1 of C-start) was measured in four species of tropical marine fishes. A linear correlation between maximum curvature andExpand
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Squeaking with a sliding joint: mechanics and motor control of sound production in palinurid lobsters.
  • S. Patek
  • Biology, Medicine
  • The Journal of experimental biology
  • 15 August 2002
The origin of arthropod sound-producing morphology typically involves modification of two translating body surfaces, such as the legs and thorax. In an unusual structural rearrangement, I show thatExpand
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Abstract Communication structures vary greatly in size and can be structurally and behaviorally integrated with other systems. In structurally integrated systems, dramatic changes in size may imposeExpand
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Phylogeny and Evolution
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