Syngnathus leptorhynchus, bay pipefish, has a distinguishing elongated snout and four-bar linkage morphology that facilitates prey capture. The bay pipefish has an elongated snout composed of neurocranial and suspensorial components. Their extended snout also relates to increased prey capture speed (Flammang et al. 2009). Another important factor to their prey capture speed is elastic recoil, which is associated with moving the pipefish’s mouth near its prey (Van Wassenbergh et al. 2008).
Flammang, BE, Ferry-Graham LA, Rinewalt C, Ardizzone D, Davis C, Trejo T. 2009. Prey capture kinematics and four-bar linkages in the bay pipefish, Syngnathus leptorhynchus. Zoology, 112:86-96.
Van Wassenbergh, Sam, James A. Strother, Brooke E. Flammang, Lara A. Ferry-Graham, and Peter Aerts. 2008. Extremely Fast Prey Capture in Pipefish Is Powered by Elastic Recoil. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 112: 285-96.
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