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The Biology of Sharks and Rays$
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Peter A. Klimley and Steven Oerding

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226442495

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226923086.001.0001

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Body Design and Swimming Modes

Body Design and Swimming Modes

(p.51) Chapter 3 Body Design and Swimming Modes
The Biology of Sharks and Rays

A. Peter Klimley

University of Chicago Press

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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