Cover ImageCover: The clearnose skate (Raja eglanteria), cleared and stained in this image, often performs punting, a benthic locomotion performed with the pelvic fins. In contrast, the pelagic stingray (Pteroplatytrygon violacea) likely never uses this type of locomotion and instead swims solely with pectoral fins. Other rays exhibit locomotion somewhere between these two extremes. Macesic and Summers (pp. 2003−2012) demonstrate that such differences in locomotor behavior are reflected in the flexural stiffness of the main pelvic fin skeletal element, suggesting that even relatively small forces can result in structural adaptations in the cartilaginous skeleton of elasmobranch fishes. Photo credit: Stephen Kajiura.Close Modal
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Flexural stiffness and composition of the batoid propterygium as predictors of punting ability
Seasonal variation in metabolic rate, flight activity and body size of Anopheles gambiae in the Sahel
A nicotinic acetylcholine receptor agonist affects honey bee sucrose responsiveness and decreases waggle dancing
A test of the validity of range of motion studies of fossil archosaur elbow mobility using repeated-measures analysis and the extant phylogenetic bracket
Feeding in the dark: lateral-line-mediated prey detection in the peacock cichlid Aulonocara stuartgranti
Skeletal muscles of hibernating brown bears are unusually resistant to effects of denervation
Perch diameter and branching patterns have interactive effects on the locomotion and path choice of anole lizards
Birds achieve high robustness in uneven terrain through active control of landing conditions
High e-vector acuity in the polarisation vision system of the fiddler crab Uca vomeris
Short-term anoxic conditioning hormesis boosts antioxidant defenses, lowers oxidative damage following irradiation and enhances male sexual performance in the Caribbean fruit fly, Anastrepha suspensa
New funding schemes for junior faculty staff
In celebration of our 100th anniversary, JEB has launched two new grants to support junior faculty staff working in animal comparative physiology and biomechanics who are within five years of setting up their first lab/research group. Check out our ECR Visiting Fellowships and Research Partnership Kickstart Travel Grants. First deadline for applications is 15 July 2023.
JEB@100: an interview with Monitoring Editor Sanjay Sane
Sanjay Sane tells us about his first experience of publishing with the journal and why he thinks JEB is going to play a key role in our understanding of the current climate crisis and its implications for biodiversity.
The Forest of Biologists
The Forest of Biologists is a biodiversity initiative created by The Company of Biologists, with support from the Woodland Trust. For every Research and Review article published in Journal of Experimental Biology a native tree is planted in a UK forest. In addition to this we are protecting and restoring ancient woodland and are dedicating these trees to our peer reviewers. Visit our virtual forest to learn more.
Celebrating 100 years of discovery
This Special Issue focuses on broad biological questions addressed through the lens of comparative biomechanics. Crosscutting through time, this series of Reviews, Commentaries and Research Articles addresses questions from the vantage points of the history of the field, today’s research, and the future of comparative biomechanics. Read the Editorial by Sheila Patek, Monica Daley and Sanjay Sane.
Centenary Review - Adaptive echolocation behavior
Cynthia F. Moss and colleagues Review the behaviours used by echolocating mammals to track and intercept moving prey, interrogate dynamic sonar scenes, and exploit visual and passive acoustic stimuli.
Crucial DNA at crux of insect wing size evolution
Keity Farfán-Pira and colleagues have revealed that a tiny region of regulatory DNA in the vestigial gene governs whether insect wings are large or small and has played a key role in the evolution of insect wing size.