Table 1.

Comparison of scaling of suction morphology, kinematics and buccal pressure to standard length (or cranial length) based on published reports in five fish species

SpeciesMorphologyStrike durationPressure
Largemouth bassDecreasing lever arm ratio of lower jaw with size1Increasing with size1No significant trend2
Bluegill sunfishDecreasing lever arm ratio of lower jaw with size3Increasing with size3Decreasing with size2
Spotted sunfishDecreasing lever arm ratio of lower jaw with size3Increasing with size3No significant trend2,4
African catfishIsometric growth of lever arm ratio of lower jaw and positive allometry of muscle cross-section with size5Increasing with size6Mean pressure decreasing with size (marginally significant)7
SnookIsometric growth of sternohyoideus muscle and buccal cavity area8No significant trend8
  • 1 (Richard and Wainwright, 1995)

  • 2 (Carroll et al., 2004)

  • 3 (Wainwright and Shaw, 1999)

  • 4 Narrow size range and small sample size

  • 5 (Herrel et al., 2005)

  • 6 (Van Wassenbergh et al., 2005)

  • 7 (Van Wassenbergh et al., 2006b)

  • 8 (Wainwright et al., 2006)