Functional morphology of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus in moray eels.

@article{Mehta2008FunctionalMO,
  title={Functional morphology of the pharyngeal jaw apparatus in moray eels.},
  author={Rita S. Mehta and Peter C. Wainwright},
  journal={Journal of morphology},
  year={2008},
  volume={269 5},
  pages={
          604-19
        }
}
Moray eels (Muraenidae) are a relatively large group of anguilliform fishes that are notable for their crevice-dwelling lifestyle and renowned for their ability to consume large prey. Morays apprehend their prey by biting and then transport prey by extreme protraction and retraction of their pharyngeal jaw apparatus. Here, we present a detailed interpretation of the mechanisms of pharyngeal jaw transport based on work with Muraena retifera. We also review what is known of the moray pharyngeal… CONTINUE READING

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