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Week 5/6 Notes

by: Kenzie Busick

Week 5/6 Notes BZ 214

Kenzie Busick
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Start to get into the bony fish, types of scales, and the two different subclasses; Actinopterygii and Sarcopterygii.
Animal Biology- Vertebrates
Shane Kanatous
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Bony fish, Osteichthyes, Actinopterygii, Sarcopterygii, Bony fish scales
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Date Created: 02/29/16
Week 5/6 Notes 02/23/2016 Bony Fish characteristics  First appearance of endochondral bone  Calcified skeleton-> more dense  Pectoral fins move up the side of the body and pelvic fins move up the body  Appearance of the rays: thin bony projections that extend out into the fins for support  Lobed-finned fish are ancestors to tetrapods (separate lineage from ray-finned fish) ▯ Fish scales  There are four main kinds of scales and numerous variations of each kind  Placoid o Found in chondrichthyes o Tooth-like  Cosmoid o Found in lung fish o Adaptation from placoid scales o Form an outer armor over the fish’s body o Two layers that make them very hard  Ganoid o Found in basal ray-finned fishes (paddlefish, gars, sturgeons) o Also form an outer armor on fish’s body  Cycloid and Ctenoid o Found in modern ray-finned fish (majority of bony fish) o Ctenoid- have a brush-like edge to them o Cycloid- smooth edge o Allows for greater flexibility than cosmoid and ganoid  Age of fish scale o Visible growth rings as scales increase in size o Annulus: a band that allow one to estimate the age of the fish  Can have more than one type of scale, and can vary with sex ▯ Class Osteichthyes  30,000 species (largest extant group of vertebrates)  adapted to live ANYWHERE there is water (depths to water surface, and pole to pole)  include the ray-finned fish (Actinopterygii) and lobe-finned fish (Sarcopterygii)  many different forms of locomotion: swimmers, gliders, jump, walk, climb  fish do not: run or fly Subclass Actinopterygii (sturgeon, paddlefish, bichir)  operculum (gill cover)  nape (transition from cranium ▯ to the rest of the body)  breast (chest muscles)  lateral line (incredibly well developed)  caudal peduncle (area of body directly in front of the caudal fin) o thick peduncle= more power (muscle is white in color) o thin= endurance swimmers (muscle is red in color)  Characteristics of Ray-finned fish o Internal nostrils are absent o Large eyes (primitive) o Scales ganoid, cycloid or none o Fins with multiple parallel endochondral supports o Fish controlled muscles in body wall o Caudal fin primitively heterocercal with no epaxial lobe o Hysostylic jaw support o Middle Devonian period to recent o Have higher metabolic rates than chondrichthyes  New morphological forms that give rise to the bulk of modern bony fish (Neopterygii) o Increase in locomotion (reduction in bony armor- size & thickness of scales) o Increase in the suction generated when the mouth opens o Increase size of gape and opening of the mouth is more circular o An increase the force of contraction when closing the mouth o All accomplished by loosening attachment of the maxilla o Appearance of pharyngeal jaws o Changes in the fins, caudal fin becomes more symmetrical (homocercal) o Weberian apparatus (series of bones that transmit vibrations from the swim bladder to the inner ear) ▯ ▯ Subclass Sarcopterygii (lobed-finned fish)  Relatively older group of organisms (lung fish)  Ancient scale types (more armor like appearance)  Have different anatomical placement of the fins ▯ than bony fish  Ancestors to the amphibians  Characteristics o Paired fins that are fleshy, with muscular lobes at base an with only a single element articulating with girdles o Forearm with a single proximal element (humerus), followed by the homologs of the radius and ulna o Cosmine on scales and skull roof bones (cosmoid scales support a complex electrosensory system) o True enamel on teeth ▯ Types of locomotion  Anguilliform o Eel like motion, majority of the body is moving in an undulating sine-wave - generates a lot of drag  Carangiform and subacarangiform o Trout, moving the back part of the body o Less than half of the body is used in motion, generates maximum thrust with minimum drag o Hydrodynamic- torpedo shaped  Ostraciiform o Boxfish, very little of the fish moves o Not a high speed swimmer o Head generates a lot of drag o Caudal fin can only move at the Caudal peduncle  Aspect ration o AR= (caudal fin height)^2 Caudal fin area o Inverse relationship o Broad surface area powerful thrust: but high frictional drag o High aspect ration (narrow caudal peduncle): rapid sustained propulsion  Body design for high speed swimming o Minimize surface area exposed to fluid: sphere o Minimize cross-sectional area pencil shape o Minimize retarding force: teardrop (torpedo) shaped = tuna o Inset eyes and slime reduce friction o Small scales or scale-less  Rapidly swimming fish o Proportionately shorter and less flexible o Force from anterior muscle segments is transferred from anterior muscle segments to caudal peduncle and tail o More power= more anaerobic muscle Locomotor strategies  Cruising o High aspect ratio: elongate torpedo shape; high beat frequency; tuna cover large territory o Red muscle; myoglobin, sustained activity  Maneuverability o Slow moving; low aspect ratio; use paired fins for locomotion; pelvic anterior to pectoral  Acceleration o Moderately low aspect; use undulatory motion for rapid starts; torpedo shape; few prey available o White muscle; rapid contraction, easily fatigued, lungers  Generalist o Range of locomotive style o Majority of fish ▯ Life histories (extremely varied)  Desert pupfish o Live in isolated permanent springs in Western US deserts  Migrators o Reproduction and food finding: cod swim up-current to deposit eggs  Anadromous (salmon): spawns in streams; spend most of their life in marine  Catadromous (aguilla eels): adults in freshwater, breed in the Sargasso sea  Schooling o Common in many species o Vision and lateral line system; reproduction, safety from predators  Deep sea species of bony fish o Mid-water (mesopelagic) fish  Small size, large mouths and teeth, large eyes, bioluminescence o Bathyl & abyssalpellagic  75% of ocean, many blind, mainly small predaceous fish, bizarre fish with warning devices, long teeth, expandable stomachs  Antarctic ice fish o lives in water so cold that it does not need hemoglobin to bind oxygen ▯ ▯ ▯


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