Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom

Research Article

On Balistiform Locomotion

R. W. Blakea1 c1

a1 Department of Zoology, The University of Newcastle upon Tyne, Newcastle

Little is known about the swimming of fish in which flexures of the body and caudal fin are not the main means of locomotion. Breder (1926) provides brief descriptive accounts and a useful classification of the main non-body modes of locomotion in teleosts. These are discussed in general terms by Harris (1937, 1953), Marshall (1965, pp. 31–41) and Lighthill (1969).


c1 Present address: Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge.