In situ investigation of burst swimming and muscle performance in the deep-sea fish Antimora rostrata (Gunther, 1878)

David M. Bailey, Philip M. Bagley, Alan J. Jamieson, Martin A. Collins, Imants G. Priede

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The few existing measurements of deep-sea fish physiology consistently indicate reduced basal metabolism and metabolic power. A possible explanation for this is the reduction in selective pressure for burst activity capacity due to a reduction in the frequency and duration of predator-prey interactions in the sparsely distributed fish community and continuous darkness. Video recordings of stimulated fast-starts in deep-sea fish were obtained by a lander vehicle and analysed to give the swimming velocities, accelerations, and inertial power requirements of fast-start swimming in Antimora rostrata. With a mean peak velocity of 0.7 m s(-1), and white muscle power output of only 17.0 W kg(-1). A. rostrata is a slow moving fish, but no slower than shallow-water fishes at the same temperature. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-311
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Early online date12 Dec 2002
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2003


  • deep water
  • fish physiology
  • hydrostatic pressure
  • marine technology
  • swimming
  • temperature
  • North Atlantic
  • Porcupine Seabight
  • stickleback culaea-inconstans
  • high-speed film
  • power output
  • lactate-hydrogenases
  • locomotor performance
  • maximum accelerations
  • defensive morphology
  • food availability
  • start performance
  • Hawaiian-Islands


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