Fish accomplish most of their basic behaviors by swimming. Swimming is fundamental in a vast majority of fish species for avoiding predation, feeding, finding food, mating, migrating and finding optimal physical environments. Fish exhibit a wide variety of swimming patterns and behaviors. This treatise looks at fish swimming from the behavioral and ecological perspectives rather than from the more traditional biomechanics, ecomorphology and physiological perspectives used in studies of fish swimming. The book is therefore largely integrative by its own nature, and it includes considerations related to fisheries, conservation and evolution. It is aimed at students and researchers interested in fish swimming from any organismal background, be it biomechanics, ecomorphology, physiology, behavior or ecology.
Table of Contents
Waves and Eddies: Effects on Fish Behavior and Habitat Distribution; Biomechanics of Rheotactic Behaviour in Fishes; Fish Guidance and Passage at Barriers; Swimming Strategies for Energy Economy; Escape Responses in Fish: Kinematics, Performance and Behavior; Roles of Locomotion in Feeding; Ecology and Evolution of Swimming Performance in Fishes: Predicting Evolution with Biomechanics; Sexual Selection, Male Quality and Swimming Performance; Environmental Influences on Unsteady Swimming Behaviour: Consequences for Predator-prey and Mating Encounters in Teleosts; The Effects of Environmental Factors on the Physiology of Aerobic Exercise; Swimming Speeds in Larval Fishes: From Escaping Predators to the Potential for Long Distance Migration; The Role of Swimming in Reef Fish Ecology; Swimming Behaviour and Energetics of Free-ranging Sharks: New Directions in Movement Analysis; The Ecophysiology of Swimming and Movement Patterns of Tunas, Billfishes, and Large Pelagic Sharks; Swimming Capacity of Marine Fishes and its Role in Capture by Fishing Gears
Paolo Domenici has a PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia, Canada. He is currently senior researcher at the Institute for Coastal Marine Environment (IAMC) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Oristano, Italy. His research interests focus on the locomotion of aquatic animals, particularly fish. Most of his previous research was on the kinematics of locomotion within the context of predator -prey encounters and their ecological relevance.