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On Balistiform Locomotion

  • R. W. Blake (a1)

Little is known about the swimming of fish in which flexures of the body and caudal fin are not the main means of locomotion. Breder (1926) provides brief descriptive accounts and a useful classification of the main non-body modes of locomotion in teleosts. These are discussed in general terms by Harris (1937, 1953), Marshall (1965, pp. 31–41) and Lighthill (1969).

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J. Gray , 1933. Directional control of fish movement. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B), 113, 115125.

M. J. Lighthill , 1969. Hydrodynamics of aquatic animal propulsion. Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics, 1, 413446.

C. S. Wardle , 1975. Limit of fish swimming speed. Nature, London, 255, 725727.

D. Weihs , 1972. A hydrodynamical analysis of fish turning manoeuvres. Proceedings of the Royal Society (B), 182, 5972.

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Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
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  • EISSN: 1469-7769
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