Ecological Physiology: Motility

  • Tom Fenchel
Part of the Brock/Springer Series in Contemporary Bioscience book series (BROCK/SPRINGER)


This chapter concentrates on the functional biology of protozoa, that is, the study of physiological and structural properties from the viewpoint of their adaptive significance. In protozoology the subject is intimately related to cell biology in general, as regards structure, function and biochemistry. I have tried to limit the subject to its ecological and adaptive aspects: motility, for example, will be treated with emphasis on hydrodynamics and its adaptive significance, with only passing reference to the molecular basis.


Swimming Speed Swimming Velocity Ecological Physiology Beat Cycle Metachronal Wave 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Fenchel
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  1. 1.Department of Ecology and GeneticsUniversity of AarhusAarhusDenmark

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