Chong He, Wu Zhou, Hongtao Wang, San-Qiang Shi and Haimin Yao Mechanics of Pharyngeal Teeth of Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) Crushing Mollusk Shells Advanced Engineering Materials 15
Mylopharyngodon piceus, or black carp, is a species of fish mainly feeding on mollusks, which are commonly protected by hard exoskeleton. Why can the black carp crush the hard mollusk shells at ease? Does such unique diet imply that its teeth are superior to the mollusk shells in mechanical properties? Present mechanics-based study on the competition between black carp teeth and mollusk shells comes up with the answers.
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