Symmorphosis and the insect respiratory system: a comparison between flight and hopping muscle.

@article{Snelling2012SymmorphosisAT,
  title={Symmorphosis and the insect respiratory system: a comparison between flight and hopping muscle.},
  author={Edward P Snelling and Roger S Seymour and Sue Runciman and Philip G D Matthews and Craig R White},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2012},
  volume={215 Pt 18},
  pages={3324-33}
}
Weibel and Taylor's theory of symmorphosis predicts that the structural components of the respiratory system are quantitatively adjusted to satisfy, but not exceed, an animal's maximum requirement for oxygen. We tested this in the respiratory system of the adult migratory locust Locusta migratoria by comparing the aerobic capacity of hopping and flight muscle with the morphology of the oxygen cascade. Maximum oxygen uptake by flight muscle during tethered flight is 967±76 μmol h(-1) g(-1) (body… CONTINUE READING

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