October 8 2014

12:00 LSB 2320

Malcolm Gordon
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

Fish Locomotion: Homoplasies, Hydrodynamics and Bioengineering


Convergent evolutionary homoplasies of many kinds occur in fishes. Fish locomotion is one of the functional aspects that includes a wide variety of examples. My presentation will have three parts:
1) A review of particularly striking examples of convergent homoplasies found in fishes, ending with a specific, locomotion-related subset.
2) A summary of a recently completed study of possible hydrodynamic functions of lateral and peduncular keels in two morphologically convergent fishes belonging to families that have been separated for about 50 million years: a chub mackerel (family Scombridae) and a jack mackerel (family Carangidae). The study is an effort to disentangle multiple confounding variables using robotics, flow visualization and evolutionarily impossible experiments.
3) A summary of another recent study of swimming locomotion biomechanics and kinematics in two species of cool-water boxfishes.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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