Project

Kinematical analysis of grasping in seahorses

Duration
01 October 2011 → 30 September 2012
Funding
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Natural sciences
    • Animal biology
  • Medical and health sciences
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanics
    • Biomechanics
  • Agricultural and food sciences
    • Veterinary medicine
Keywords
seahorses grasping kinematics
 
Project description

Seahorses are unique among fishes in their capacities to grasp with their tail onto substrates. Previous research showed adaptations related to this grasping, however, how the grasping is actually performed was unknown. This project focuses on the 3D kinematics of a grasping tail in seahorses, as well as the relation to the variation in substrate types to which the seahorses attach.