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Dragonflies and DamselfliesModel Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research$
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Alex Córdoba-Aguilar

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199230693

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230693.001.0001

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Dragonfly flight performance: a model system for biomechanics, physiological genetics, and animal competitive behaviour

Dragonfly flight performance: a model system for biomechanics, physiological genetics, and animal competitive behaviour

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(p.249) CHAPTER 19 Dragonfly flight performance: a model system for biomechanics, physiological genetics, and animal competitive behaviour
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Dragonflies and Damselflies
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James H. Marden

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230693.003.0019

Adult dragonflies are heavily dependent on their flight muscles and flight ability for nearly all of their adult activities. This chapter reviews research that presents dragonflies as model organisms for examining mechanisms that underlie variation in flight performance within and between species, molecular mechanisms by which muscle performance is adjusted within individuals, and how these physiological traits affect territorial and mating success. Results of these studies in dragonflies have provided fundamental new knowledge that informs the theoretical bases of a number of fields: biomechanics of animal locomotion, physiological genetics, and game theory approaches to animal contests. New insights that cross the boundaries of these disparate fields demonstrate the payoff for performing integrative research.

Keywords:   muscle performance, territorial success, mating success, biomechanics, physiological genetics, game theory

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