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Body Design and Swimming Modes

Body Design and Swimming Modes

Chapter:
(p.51) Chapter 3 Body Design and Swimming Modes
Source:
The Biology of Sharks and Rays
Author(s):
A. Peter Klimley
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226923086.003.0003

This chapter discusses the swimming styles of sharks, rays, and chimaeras. It covers differences in their skeletal and muscular anatomy; their skin and the dermal denticles that cover their bodies; hypotheses in scientific literature explaining how they use their tail fins to propel themselves forward and the empirical evidence supporting them; and commonly used classification of the diverse modes of swimming exhibited by the cartilaginous fishes.

Keywords:   swimming styles, sharks, rays, chimaeras, skeleton, muscular anatomy, dermal denticles, tail fins

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