Unsteady flow affects swimming energetics in a labriform fish (Cymatogaster aggregata).

@article{Roche2014UnsteadyFA,
  title={Unsteady flow affects swimming energetics in a labriform fish (Cymatogaster aggregata).},
  author={Dominique G Roche and Melanie K. Taylor and Sandra A Binning and Jacob L Johansen and Paolo Domenici and John F Steffensen},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={217 Pt 3},
  pages={414-22}
}
Unsteady water flows are common in nature, yet the swimming performance of fishes is typically evaluated at constant, steady speeds in the laboratory. We examined how cyclic changes in water flow velocity affect the swimming performance and energetics of a labriform swimmer, the shiner surfperch, Cymatogaster aggregata, during station holding. Using intermittent-flow respirometry, we measured critical swimming speed (Ucrit), oxygen consumption rates (O2) and pectoral fin use in steady flow… CONTINUE READING
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