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Functional Morphology and Diversity$
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Les Watling and Martin Thiel

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780195398038

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780195398038.001.0001

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Swimming Fast and Furious

Swimming Fast and Furious

Body and Limb Propulsion at Higher Reynolds Numbers

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Functional Morphology and Diversity

Michel A. Boudrias

Oxford University Press

In swimming crustaceans, a cascade of forces at different Reynolds numbers affect bodies, propulsive limbs, and their setae and setules. This chapter reviews major examples of crustaceans swimming at moderate to high Reynolds numbers by defining the three major modes of locomotion used by crustaceans that either have the size or the velocity to swim at higher Reynolds numbers. The modes they use to achieve fast and furious swimming include (1) drag-based swimming with setose flagellar or paddle-shaped limbs (thoracic exopodites, modified fifth pereopods, pleopods) in many crustacean classes, (2) lift-based sculling in portunid crabs, and (3) jet propulsion using strong abdominal flexion and morphological modifications of the tail fan and anterior limbs in a wide variety of malacostracans. This chapter describes the modes of swimming that lead to motion at higher Reynolds numbers and analyzes the functional morphology of propulsive limbs and the body design modifications that enhance streamlining.

Keywords:   swimming crustaceans, Crustacea, Reynolds numbers, locomotion

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