Directed motion in the sea: efficient swimming by reef fish larvae

Armsworth, Paul R. (2001) Directed motion in the sea: efficient swimming by reef fish larvae. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 210 (1). pp. 81-91.

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Directed motion of marine organisms is examined with a focus on efficient behaviour, where efficient swimming minimizes either energetic expenditure or transit time. The swimming behaviour of late pelagic stage reef fish larvae is modelled to illustrate relevant concepts. To swim efficiently in the sea, an organism should exploit current-driven movements of the medium. Favourable currents should be ridden and unfavourable currents avoided. Relatively short movements to control advection can have a greater effect than longer swimming bouts used for independent horizontal locomotion. If larvae exploit the vertical structure of the water column, then the extent to which they can influence their dispersal will be substantially increased.

Item ID: 13288
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1095-8541
Keywords: coral reef fish; marine locomotion; pelagic larvae; swimming capabilities
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2012 06:59
FoR Codes: 01 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010202 Biological Mathematics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970101 Expanding Knowledge in the Mathematical Sciences @ 100%
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