Effect of caudal fin height on swimming kinematics in the mackerel Scomber scombrus L.

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Abstract:

Geometry of the caudal fin of the mackerel Scomber scombrus was modified to examine the effect of the height of the fin on swimming kinematics. Mackerel with reduced caudal fin height had significantly shorter stride length and higher tail beat amplitude compared with the control having an intact caudal fin (P < 0ยท005).

Keywords: Scomber scombrus; caudal fin; kinematics; mackerel; swimming

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0022-1112.2005.00686.x

Affiliations: 1: Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire, 137 Morse Hall, Durham, NH 03824, U.S.A. and 2: FRS Marine Laboratory, P. O. Box 101, Victoria Road, Aberdeen, AB9 8DB, U.K.

Publication date: July 1, 2005

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