The air-filled tracheal respiratory system of insects prevents them from diving deeply in water. It is argued that this is the major factor in preventing insects from colonizing the open sea: they cannot descend sufficiently deeply in the daytime to escape being eaten by fish.
Skip Nav Destination
JOURNAL ARTICLE| 01 September 1998
Why are there no insects in the open sea?
Department of Zoology, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3ED, UK. email@example.com.
Online Issn: 1477-9145
Print Issn: 0022-0949
J Exp Biol (1998) 201 (17): 2461–2464.
- Views Icon Views
- Share Icon Share
- Search Site
SH Maddrell; Why are there no insects in the open sea?. J Exp Biol 1 September 1998; 201 (17): 2461–2464. doi: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.201.17.2461
Download citation file: