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Pygmy mole crickets jump from water.
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PMID:  23218011     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Animals that live or repeatedly alight on the surface of water often need to escape from predators or return to land. We show that flightless pygmy mole crickets use a new strategy to jump rapidly from water. Their powerful hind legs are moved so quickly that they penetrate the surface and as they move through the water, unique arrays of spring-loaded paddles and spurs fan out to increase surface area. This enables these insects to propel a large volume of water downwards in a laminar flow, so that they are launched upwards into the air.
Authors:
Malcolm Burrows; Gregory Patrick Sutton
Publication Detail:
Type:  Letter    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current biology : CB     Volume:  22     ISSN:  1879-0445     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr. Biol.     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-10     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9107782     Medline TA:  Curr Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  R990-1     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Affiliation:
Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, United Kingdom, and School of Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, Woodland Road, Bristol, BS8 1UG, United Kingdom. Electronic address: mb135@hermes.cam.ac.uk.
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