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, 207 (Pt 23), 4015-24

Tuna Comparative Physiology

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Tuna Comparative Physiology

Jeffrey B Graham et al. J Exp Biol.

Abstract

Thunniform swimming, the capacity to conserve metabolic heat in red muscle and other body regions (regional endothermy), an elevated metabolic rate and other physiological rate functions, and a frequency-modulated cardiac output distinguish tunas from most other fishes. These specializations support continuous, relatively fast swimming by tunas and minimize thermal barriers to habitat exploitation, permitting niche expansion into high latitudes and to ocean depths heretofore regarded as beyond their range.

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