Animal Biology , Vol. 55, No. 1, pp. 3-15 (2005) Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2005. Also available online - www.brill.nl Swimming and jumping in a semi-aquatic frog SANDRA NAUWELAERTS 1 , ∗ , EIZE STAMHUIS 2 , PETER AERTS 1 1 Department of Biology, University of Antwerp (UIA), Universiteitsplein 1, B-2610 Wilrijk (Antwerpen), Belgium 2 Department of Marine Biology, University of Groningen, Biologisch centrum, Haren, The Netherlands Abstract —Locomotion has a clear ecological relevance for many animals. As animals need to move in order to escape from predators, find food, defend territories, etc., it is expected that locomotor performance might affect an individual’s survival and reproduction. Clear links have also been found between an animal’s performance and its morphology. A function analysis can unravel the underlying mechanistic facets of this link. Frogs are interesting model species because they add an extra element to this topic; they have to perform in two entirely different physical environments, particularly semi-aquatic species. However, no trade-off was found between jumping and swimming performance. Morphological correlates were found but, to understand causations, a thorough understanding of the mechanics of locomotion is required. When comparing the mechanics of jumping and swimming, the question arises
Animal Biology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
Keywords: KINEMATICS; FORCES; RANA ESCULENTA; OPTIMAL DESIGN; MORPHOLOGY; ANURA
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