Morphology predicts suction feeding performance in centrarchid fishes.

  title={Morphology predicts suction feeding performance in centrarchid fishes.},
  author={Andrew M. Carroll and Peter C. Wainwright and Stephen H. Huskey and David C. Collar and Ralph G. Turingan},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  volume={207 Pt 22},
Suction feeding fish differ in their capacity to generate subambient pressure while feeding, and these differences appear to relate to morphological variation. We developed a morphological model of force transmission in the fish head and parameterized it with measurements from individual fish. The model was applied to 45 individuals from five species of centrarchid fishes: Lepomis macrochirus, Lepomis punctatus, Lepomis microlophus, Micropterus salmoides and Pomoxis nigromaculatus. Measurements… CONTINUE READING
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