Efficiency of Pectoral-Fin Propulsion of Cymatogaster Aggregata

  • Paul W. Webb


The percid family Embiotocidae is one of the few groups of fish that employ non-caudal fin propulsion systems at high sustained swimming speeds. The fish use the pectoral fins (labriform mode) at low activity levels and caudal fin propulsion for burst activity. The 45-min Ucrit achieved by Cymatogaster aggregata swimming in this mode is comparable with that of other fish at similar activity levels (Webb (1973b)).


Swimming Speed Sockeye Salmon Metabolic Power Oncorhynchus Nerka Recoil Movement 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul W. Webb
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  1. 1.University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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