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Use the Force: scaling of jaw muscle forces in the great sculpin, Myoxocephalus polyacanthocephalus
(Friday Harbor Laboratories, 2014)
Suction feeding is the most common vertebrate feeding mode. Fishes suction feed by rapidly expanding the buccal cavity, creating a subambient pressure inside the mouth that causes water (and, ideally, a prey item) to rush in. The predator’s ability to close the mouth around evasive prey determines feeding success. As a fish ...