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1 Lecture 11 Muscle blocks, Drag and lift-based propulsion, Labriform swimming, flight by birds and insects This course is about the adaptiveness of form, looking at a structure, thinking about it, not just accepting it – and so perhaps guessing at some of its history. I joke about enhancing your cocktail party conversation with what you learn in But knowledge is the mark of an educated person: you are a better conversationalist if you’re knowledgeable. Imagine yourself in a restaurant eating fish. When somebody complains about ‘y bones’ maybe you can explain. Maybe you have an answer for why fins have leptotrichia (bony pointy things) or why fish myotomes look like tortured letter Ws.

2 A knowledgeable person who has some idea of myotomes and axial skeletons also probably knows how to eat a fish. When its cooked properly your first step can be to extract the entire intact bony axial skeleton if you’re careful. Axial skeleton vertebrae and ribs are no problem, they all connect. But there are still the Y-bones as a lurking throat-clogging danger -- because they’re not attached to the rest of the skeleton. How to eat a fish You might also not be surprised that different fish species have different skeletal structure; this goes with expecting the diversity that is typical of animals. Freeimageslive

3 Butterfly fish skeleton (Wikki)
What is the function of y bones? Ray-finned fishes: lepidotrichia or ‘fin rays’ support the fin and allow for variable surface area in deployment Ribs connect to the backbone giving the axial skeleton

4 White muscle and anerobic ‘predation function’
Rate of oxygen supply to a muscle can be the limiting factor in its activity. During critical moments of predation (either capture or escape) the normally supplied oxygen via lungs and bloodstream can be inadequate. Bony fishes have a separate set of ANEROBIC WHITE muscles (pink in salmon). These muscles convert glucose to lactic acid to get their energy for contraction. The energy obtained in this way comes via a less efficient metabolic process and the accumulation of lactic acid is also a negative effect. But for short periods a fish can make a highly adaptive ‘burst of speed’.

5 Text for this slide and next are taken from: Environmental Science Investigation, an organization concerned about declining salmon stocks in the Fraser River >< RED MUSCLE Most of the [muscle blocks] in a fish … [are] white muscles. In most salmon species these myotomes are pink due to a pigment salmon get from their diet. So not really ‘white’ and not really ‘red’. WHITE MUSCLE Bodybuilding estore

6 The red muscle is often a band along the side of the fish
The red muscle is often a band along the side of the fish. The red muscle contains a lot of myoglobin, capillaries and also a lot of glycogen and lipids. The red muscle mass is somewhere between 0.5 to 30% of the total muscle mass in a fish, depending on the species. Active fish, such as bluefin tuna, have a higher proportion compared to sedentary species, like catfish. The red muscles are aerobic while the white muscle is mostly anaerobic. As long as a fish swims within the sustained swimming speed only the red muscles are used, while in prolonged swimming at high swim speeds, some of the white muscles are used, and this is what eventually leads to fatigue. During burst swimming the white muscles are used at maximum capacity, and this leads to a rapid fatigue. ><

7 Why are the axial muscles of fish so strangely shaped
Why are the axial muscles of fish so strangely shaped? They look like zig-zag ‘W’s. Univ. of Michigan Museum of Zoology, UMMZ Adaptive fibre orientation in white muscle fibres in teleost fishes, taken from p , R. McNeill Alexander, 'Exploring Biomechanics', Mc Neill’[s figure redrawn (gkm).

“…the commonest pattern has white fibers running at angles of up to 35 ̊to the long axis of the body. The [muscles are] partitioned into segments called myotomes and each fiber runs only the length of a myotome, from one partition (septum) to the next. But if you follow a series of fibers, connected end to end through the partitions [from one myotome to the next] you will find a pattern: these chains of fibers run helically, like the strands of a rope." In other words these muscle fibres describe helices and lie at changing distances from the vertebral column. Zig-zag blocks of muscle myotomes separated by myocommas

9 "Imagine that the fibers were not so arranged, but instead all ran parallel to the long axis of the body. Imagine the fish bending to such an extent [in producing body waves] that the outermost fibers of the bend, just under the skin, had to shorten by 10 %. Fibers halfway between this peripheral position and the backbone would have to shorten by only 5% and fibers right alongside the vertebrae would have to shorten hardly at all. In each tail beat, the outermost fibers would have to shorten quite a lot and relatively fast, whereas the innermost fibers would shorten much less in the same time and therefore more slowly.“ This would be very inefficient. You’re not getting good force production out of all your muscle.

10 "Now consider how the actual arrangement of white fibers affects the shortening of the muscles.“ Helical sequences of fibres run across muscle blocks like the strands of a rope (represented as red ribbons in the illustration). Each ‘fibre-chain’ lies close to the backbone for part of its course and nearer the skin of the fish's side for others. The result is that when the fish bends, say to the right, all the white fibers on the right side have to shorten by about the same percentage of their length.“ Easy to say: a little hard to visualize.

11 The axial muscles on the left of the vertebral column are antagonized by those on the right and vice versa. These left or right side 'chains' of fibres (running across a series of 'zig-zag' myotomes) will all contract and shorten in phase with each other, reaching the same % shortening all at the same time and relaxing maximally at the same time. In other words they go through their cycle of contracting and relaxing together. But they are located at different points between the skin and the backbone as they follow their helical pattern. Thus at the time these 'functional myotome series' contract simultaneously they are at different phases of the body wave; if they were not at different phases they could not shorten by a uniform per cent.

12 Myotomes of longitudinally aligned muscle fibres separated by septa and with chevron shape, perhaps for the same reasons as fish myotomes are W-shaped: obtaining simultaneous shortening relative to phase of a body wave and distance from the notochord. The notochord makes antagonists of the muscle blocks of the right and left sides. Quick mention of amphioxus and its notochord, precursor to the vertebrate backbone

13 See Sfakiotakis: Review of Fish Swimming Modes…
Fish jump, burrow, fly, glide, jet -- but most use either BCF or MPF. BCF propulsion: retrograde waves using BODY CAUDAL FINS. MPF oscillation: MEDIAN PECTORAL FINS.

14 Creole Wrasse, my favourite Caribbean reef fish, yellow-marked males with females in schools; odd swimming habit attracted my attention. Corey Fscher Bonaire

15 “15-20% of living fishes use their pectoral fins as their primary mode of locomotion” (Thorsen & Westneat 2004); relatively slow swimmers creating thrust with pectorals. Ask yourself ‘why evolve toward pectoral fin locomotion and away from BCF? BCF associated with higher speeds. “cichlids, damselfishes, parrotfishes, wrasses [above pictures of the creole wrasse, Clepticus parrae, Bonaire], surfperches, many of angelfishes, butterfly fishes, goatfishes, surgeonfishes and other coral reef families” emphasize pectorals Labriidae is the family name of wrasses: and their family name is the basis of the term labriform as a swimming mode.

16 An MPF swimming fish using primarily its pectoral fins: is the creole wrasse.
Labriidae hence ‘labriform’ swimming. Labriform swimming is a mode of fish swimming in which propulsion is achieved by cyclic movement of just the pectoral fins; the body is kept straight like a projectile, while the pectorals are oscillated up and down, abducted (away from body) and adducted (toward the body) complexly. Pectoral propulsion occurs in a combination of rowing and flapping that varies with speed (Sfakiotakis et al. 1999). Rowing is ‘drag-based labriform mode’; flapping is ‘lift-based labriform mode’. Labriform-swimming fish rarely exhibit a clearly rowing or flapping movement (lift-based vs drag-based): they use a complex combination of them that varies with speed. I think these movement models are not exactly adhered to, but they help to explain the range of movement. The fins also change shape: “the pectoral fins of the sea perch pass a wave back over their length as a result of phase lags in the movement of the individual fin rays” (Sfakiotakis 1999)

17 See Sfakiotakis et al. 1999, p. 248 Two main oscillatory types when swimming with the pectoral fins: Drag-based, Lift-based. Thie first is a ‘rowing’ action the latter ‘flapping’ “similar to that of bird wings” . Drag based swimming is more efficient than lift based at slow speeds (Vogel 1994). Vogel, S Life in Moving Fluids. Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, N.J. 1 2 A good additional reading: Webb, P.W Simple physical principles and vertebrate aquatic locomotion. American Zoologist 28: Figs from Sfakiotakis 1999

18 Drag-based labriform swimming
There are two phases: power stroke and recovery stroke. In the power stroke the fins move “posteriorly perpendicular to the body at a high attack angle and with a velocity greater than the overall swimming speed. On the recovery the fins are “feathered to reduce resistance and brought forward”. “ Thrust is generated due to the drag [on the fin] encountered as the fin is moved posteriorly.” Drag-based: There is a power stroke “when the fins move posteriorly perpendicular to the body [perpendicular to the plane of the side] at a high attack angle...”; there is a recovery stroke “when the fins are feathered to reduce resistance and brought forward”. “...thrust is generated due to the drag encountered as the fin is moved posteriorly, as well as due to the acceleration reaction of the water being rapidly hauled at the initial part of the power stroke. Since thrust is only produced during the power stroke, it is discontinuous. What is the difference between feathering and sculling? Feathered: turned edge on

19 Lift-based labriform pectoral fin swimming
Lift forces are generated in the plane perpendicular to the direction of fin motion; with lift-based labriform pectoral fin swimming this can occur during both the upstroke and the downstroke. No recovery stroke is necessary. Lift-based fins can generate larger, more continuous and more efficient thrust than fins performing rowing motions. Lift is generated in both forward (abduction) (upstroke?) [see a) above] and backward (adduction) (downstroke?) [see b) above] appendage movements. Thrust is generated because lift is being obtained on both forward and backward, abduction and adduction, strokes. The fins move up and down in a plane roughly perpendicular to the main axis of the fish’s body and the hydrofoil changes its slant relative to this plane so as always to contribute lift.

20 Sea horse: imagine a trout as it isn’t
Sea horses: strangest of teleost fish form: their caudal fin has evolved into a prehensile tail, their body lost all trace of ancestral streamlining. Locomotion is taken over by the dorsal and pectoral fins which move with a sculling action. Swimming speed is not important to this fish: but it swims with great manoeverability (Blake 1976). Blake, R.W On seahorse locomotion. J. mar. biol. Assoc. U.K. 56: 939-

21 Sfakiotakis et al. (1999) on fin oscillation in seahorses (p
Sfakiotakis et al. (1999) on fin oscillation in seahorses (p. 250); and also Webb (1988) p. 709 on “avoiding moving in water” Seahorse crypsis Dorsal fin oscillates at what is a very high frequency for a fish fin: up to 40 beats per second [40 Hertz]. The fin rays achieve this to-fro movement . “...other species utilizing fin undulations for propulsion” rarely exceed 10 Hz. “To account for this, it has been suggested that it actually helps the seahorse avoid potential predators because the fin beat frequency lies beyond the fusion frequency of the predator’s [retinae], rendering the seahorse indistinguishable from surrounding vegetation.” The evolution of fish form is not always aimed at speed in swimming vs manoeverability in swimming: it can be selected for predator avoidance: crypsis. Reminder to engineers involved in biomimicry projects: “evolved designs are highly effective for the fish adapting to their habitat [but] it should be kept in mind that the locomotor methods employed cannot necessarily be considered optimal per se. This is because their development has always been in the context of compromises for various activities (feeding, predator avoidance, energy conservation etc.)” “...when considering designs and kinematics for porting from nature to artificial systems, the significance of these nonlocomotor factors and the extent to which they have compromised performance need to be assessed.”


23 Single-oar sculling is the process of propelling a watercraft by moving a single, stern-mounted oar from side to side while changing the angle of the blade so as to generate forward thrust on both strokes (think Venice and gondolas). Canoeists scull or feather in this way: a seahorse can work its dorsal fin in this way like a canoe paddle, but much better than a paddle because it is so flexible: because of the leptotrichia (fin rays) and intervening membranes. It is really important to the seahorse to maintain its place in currents – because the sea is almost always in motion. The animal has evolved to be cryptic; so as not to disrupt the ‘cryptic picture’ it presents to predators there must be no departures from ‘seaweed’: if the seaweed rocks in the current, the fish must rock in the same way or its crypsis be penetrated. Manoeverability (but not speed) is really important for this animal that is not actually swimming.

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