Sam Van Wassenbergh

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Affiliation: University of Antwerp
Country: Belgium

Publications

  1. doi request reprint Mechanics of snout expansion in suction-feeding seahorses: musculoskeletal force transmission
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 216:407-17. 2013
  2. ncbi request reprint A dynamic model of mouth closing movements in clariid catfishes: the role of enlarged jaw adductors
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Theor Biol 234:49-65. 2005
  3. doi request reprint Piscivorous cyprinid fish modulates suction feeding kinematics to capture elusive prey
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    Zoology (Jena) 114:46-52. 2011
  4. doi request reprint Why the long face? A comparative study of feeding kinematics of two pipefishes with different snout lengths
    S Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Fish Biol 78:1786-98. 2011
  5. pmc Hydrodynamic constraints on prey-capture performance in forward-striking snakes
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 7:773-85. 2010
  6. pmc Suction is kid's play: extremely fast suction in newborn seahorses
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    Biol Lett 5:200-3. 2009
  7. doi request reprint Kinematics of benthic suction feeding in Callichthyidae and Mochokidae, with functional implications for the evolution of food scraping in catfishes
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 212:116-25. 2009
  8. pmc Aquatic suction feeding dynamics: insights from computational modelling
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 6:149-58. 2009
  9. pmc Rapid pivot feeding in pipefish: flow effects on prey and evaluation of simple dynamic modelling via computational fluid dynamics
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 5:1291-301. 2008
  10. ncbi request reprint Scaling of contractile properties of catfish feeding muscles
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 210:1183-93. 2007

Detail Information

Publications36

  1. doi request reprint Mechanics of snout expansion in suction-feeding seahorses: musculoskeletal force transmission
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 216:407-17. 2013
    ..A delayed strain in these linkages allows syngnathids to postpone suction generation until the end of cranial rotation, a fundamental difference from non-syngnathiform fishes...
  2. ncbi request reprint A dynamic model of mouth closing movements in clariid catfishes: the role of enlarged jaw adductors
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Theor Biol 234:49-65. 2005
    ..gariepinus jaw system results in the fastest jaw closures. In all cases, the model predicts that an increase in the physiological cross-sectional area of the jaw muscles does indeed contribute to the speed of jaw closure in clariid fish...
  3. doi request reprint Piscivorous cyprinid fish modulates suction feeding kinematics to capture elusive prey
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    Zoology (Jena) 114:46-52. 2011
    ..However, since contact between the prey and the asp's mouth appeared to be a factor improving the timing of mouth closing, this fine-tuning of prey capture kinematics is more likely to be caused by reflexive neural feedback control...
  4. doi request reprint Why the long face? A comparative study of feeding kinematics of two pipefishes with different snout lengths
    S Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Fish Biol 78:1786-98. 2011
    ..dactyliophorus, hence possibly explaining the lower prey-capture success in this long-snouted species...
  5. pmc Hydrodynamic constraints on prey-capture performance in forward-striking snakes
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 7:773-85. 2010
    ..Our study also indicated several hydrodynamic advantages for snakes to strike at relatively large prey...
  6. pmc Suction is kid's play: extremely fast suction in newborn seahorses
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    Biol Lett 5:200-3. 2009
    ..The fact that the head skeleton of newborn seahorses is still largely cartilaginous may not be problematic because the hydrodynamic stress on the rotating snout appeared considerably lower than in adult syngnathids...
  7. doi request reprint Kinematics of benthic suction feeding in Callichthyidae and Mochokidae, with functional implications for the evolution of food scraping in catfishes
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 212:116-25. 2009
    ..However, our hypothesis was not supported by an ancestral state reconstruction, which suggests that scraping probably evolved from sub-terminal mouthed ancestors with dorsoventrally flattened heads...
  8. pmc Aquatic suction feeding dynamics: insights from computational modelling
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 6:149-58. 2009
    ..In the present paper, we critically discuss some of the assumptions and limitations of previous analytical models of suction feeding using computational fluid dynamics...
  9. pmc Rapid pivot feeding in pipefish: flow effects on prey and evaluation of simple dynamic modelling via computational fluid dynamics
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 5:1291-301. 2008
    ..This suggests that pivot-feeding fish need little or no suction to compensate for the effects of the flow induced by cranial rotation...
  10. ncbi request reprint Scaling of contractile properties of catfish feeding muscles
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 210:1183-93. 2007
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  11. ncbi request reprint Interspecific variation in sternohyoideus muscle morphology in clariid catfishes: functional implications for suction feeding
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Morphol 268:232-42. 2007
    ..The data for Channallabes apus demonstrate that increasing the magnitude of hyoid depression does not necessarily require a shortening of the m. sternohyoideus, as it shows elongation of this muscle during hyoid depression...
  12. ncbi request reprint No trade-off between biting and suction feeding performance in clariid catfishes
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 210:27-36. 2007
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  13. pmc Hydrodynamic modelling of aquatic suction performance and intra-oral pressures: limitations for comparative studies
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp U A, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 3:507-14. 2006
    ..Therefore, for evaluating suction performance in aquatic animals in future studies, the focus should be on the flow velocities in front of the mouth, for which a direct relationship exists with the hydrodynamic force exerted on prey...
  14. ncbi request reprint Modulation and variability of prey capture kinematics in clariid catfishes
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Zool A Comp Exp Biol 305:559-69. 2006
    ..Possibly, this relationship is less frequently observed for prey capture compared to prey processing because, regardless of prey type, the initial capture of prey requires a higher amount of variability...
  15. ncbi request reprint Evolution: a catfish that can strike its prey on land
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, 2610 Wilrijk, Belgium
    Nature 440:881. 2006
    ..The animal's capacity to bend its head down towards the ground while feeding seems to be an essential feature that may have enabled fish to make the transition from an aquatic to a terrestrial mode...
  16. ncbi request reprint Scaling of suction feeding performance in the catfish Clarias gariepinus
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    Physiol Biochem Zool 79:43-56. 2006
    ..gariepinus. This appears to be reflected in the natural diet of this species, where both the size and the number of evasive prey increase with increasing predator size...
  17. ncbi request reprint A test of mouth-opening and hyoid-depression mechanisms during prey capture in a catfish using high-speed cineradiography
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610, Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 208:4627-39. 2005
    ..In contrast to the results from a recent analysis on sunfish, the catfish's sternohyoideus gradually elongates during hyoid depression...
  18. ncbi request reprint Scaling of suction-feeding kinematics and dynamics in the African catfish, Clarias gariepinus
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 208:2103-14. 2005
    ..The calculated muscle-mass-specific power output decreases significantly with size, suggesting a relatively lower suction effort in the larger catfish compared with the smaller catfish...
  19. doi request reprint Kinematics of suction feeding in the seahorse Hippocampus reidi
    Gert Roos
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 212:3490-8. 2009
    ..The lateral volume changes show a rostro-caudal expansion, but the maximal flow velocity is not near the mouth aperture (as has been demonstrated for example in catfish) but at the narrow region of the buccal cavity, dorsal to the hyoid...
  20. doi request reprint Linking morphology and motion: a test of a four-bar mechanism in seahorses
    Gert Roos
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    Physiol Biochem Zool 82:7-19. 2009
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  21. pmc Extremely fast prey capture in pipefish is powered by elastic recoil
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biologie, Laboratory for Functional Morphology, University of Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 5:285-96. 2008
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  22. ncbi request reprint A functional morphological approach to the scaling of the feeding system in the African catfish, Clarias gariepinus
    Anthony Herrel
    Dept Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 208:2091-102. 2005
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  23. doi request reprint Effects of snout dimensions on the hydrodynamics of suction feeding in juvenile and adult seahorses
    Gert Roos
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Theor Biol 269:307-17. 2011
    ..Thus, the design of the seahorse snout revolves around a trade-off between the ability to generate high-volume suction versus minimisation of the time needed to reach the prey by the cranial rotation...
  24. doi request reprint Snout allometry in seahorses: insights on optimisation of pivot feeding performance during ontogeny
    Gert Roos
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 213:2184-93. 2010
    ..Thus, the snout lengths of juvenile seahorses appear to be close to optimal, suggesting that they reach levels of performance close to adult levels, which illustrates the pervasive nature of selection on performance in juveniles...
  25. doi request reprint A Solution Strategy to Include the Opening of the Opercular Slits in Moving-Mesh CFD Models of Suction Feeding
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates, Ghent University, Ledeganckstraat 35, B 9000 Gent, Belgium Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates, Ghent University, Ledeganckstraat 35, B 9000 Gent, Belgium Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    Integr Comp Biol 55:62-73. 2015
    ..Finally, by analyzing the CFD solution obtained for the sunfish model, a few new insights into the biomechanics of suction feeding are gained. ..
  26. pmc Biomechanics and hydrodynamics of prey capture in the Chinese giant salamander reveal a high-performance jaw-powered suction feeding mechanism
    Egon Heiss
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Antwerp 2610, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 10:20121028. 2013
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  27. pmc A fish that uses its hydrodynamic tongue to feed on land
    Krijn B Michel
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerp 2610, Belgium
    Proc Biol Sci 282:. 2015
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  28. doi request reprint Kinematics of terrestrial capture of prey by the eel-catfish Channallabes apus
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Ghent University, Ledeganckstraat 35, B 9000 Gent, Belgium
    Integr Comp Biol 53:258-68. 2013
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  29. doi request reprint Kinematics of mouthbrooding in Oreochromis niloticus (Cichlidae)
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, Antwerpen 2610, Belgium Department of Biology, Ghent University, K L Ledeganckstraat 35, Gent 9000, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 219:1535-41. 2016
    ..These data suggest that, in addition to mixing of the brood to aid its oxygenation, an important function of the anterior flow through the gills and buccal cavity during churning is to prevent clogging of the eggs near the gills. ..
  30. doi request reprint Masters of change: seasonal plasticity in the prey-capture behavior of the Alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris (Salamandridae)
    Egon Heiss
    Department of Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerp, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 216:4426-34. 2013
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  31. pmc Cost of flight and the evolution of stag beetle weaponry
    Jana Goyens
    Laboratory of Functional Morphology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerp, Belgium Laboratory of Biophysics and Biomedical Physics, University of Antwerp, Groenenborgerlaan 171, 2020 Antwerp, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 12:. 2015
    ..This most probably paved the way for the wide diversity of extraordinary mandible morphologies that characterize the stag beetle family...
  32. pmc Phenotypic flexibility of gape anatomy fine-tunes the aquatic prey-capture system of newts
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, B 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    Sci Rep 6:29277. 2016
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  33. doi request reprint Functional morphology and kinematics of terrestrial feeding in the largescale foureyes (Anableps anableps)
    Krijn B Michel
    Functional Morphology Lab, Dept Biology, University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, Antwerp 2610, Belgium
    J Exp Biol 218:2951-60. 2015
    ..Several structural adaptations appear to allow more controlled movements and increased amplitude of anterior and ventral protrusion of the upper jaw compared with other cyprinodontiforms. ..
  34. pmc Hydrodynamic drag constrains head enlargement for mouthbrooding in cichlids
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates, Ghent University, K L Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Gent, Belgium Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Antwerpen, Belgium
    J R Soc Interface 12:20150461. 2015
    ..Yet, hydrodynamics imposed important constraints on the adaptation for mouthbrooding as a much more drastic drop in swimming efficiency seems avoided by mainly enlarging the head along the swimming direction. ..
  35. pmc New insights into muscle function during pivot feeding in seahorses
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Antwerpen, Belgium Department of Biology, Ghent University, Gent, Belgium
    PLoS ONE 9:e109068. 2014
    ..As pre-activation of the main muscles involved in pivot feeding has now been demonstrated for both seahorses and pipefish, this is probably a generalized trait of Syngnathidae. ..
  36. ncbi request reprint An adaptive explanation for the horse-like shape of seahorses
    Sam Van Wassenbergh
    Department of Biology, Universiteit Antwerpen, Universiteitsplein 1, Antwerpen B 2610, Belgium
    Nat Commun 2:164. 2011
    ..The biomechanics of prey capture thus provides a putative selective advantage that may explain the bending of the trunk into a horse-like shape...