Patterns of Movement

  • Giovanni Costa
Part of the Adaptations of Desert Organisms book series (DESERT ORGAN.)


Motility is one of the most characteristic features of animals. Modification of the body for movement in different media represents the main course pursued by biological evolution throughout the animal kingdom. Locomotion allows animals to solve many environmental problems, from self-protection and nutrition to reproduction and social interactions. Movement may be continuous or discontinuous, periodic or aperiodic, individual or collective, small- or large-range, slow or fast. It may involve several mechanisms of orientation, and represents the basis of dispersal and the colonization of new territories.


Goal Orientation Sandy Beach Return Migration Carabid Beetle Locomotor Pattern 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giovanni Costa
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Biologia AnimaleUniversità di CataniaCataniaItaly

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