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      Bite force mechanics and allometry of piranha (Serrasalmidae).

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          The bite force of the piranha (Serrasalmidae) has drawn considerable attention due to its ability to effectively capture and masticate prey. Herein, we analyze theoretical anterior bite forces using a lever approach and compare them to in-vivo maximum bite forces. We provide a mechanics analysis that explains the scaling allometry of the bite force (Foutput) with the length of the fish (l), Foutputαl2.

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          Journal
          J Mech Behav Biomed Mater
          Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials
          Elsevier BV
          1878-0180
          1878-0180
          Mar 2021
          : 115
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Materials Science and Engineering Program, U. of California, San Diego, USA.
          [2 ] Materials Science and Engineering Program, U. of California, San Diego, USA; Dept. of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, U. of California, San Diego, USA; Dept. of Nanoengineering, U. of California, San Diego, USA. Electronic address: mameyers@ucsd.edu.
          Article
          S1751-6161(20)30832-8
          10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.104296
          33465750
          a6cb7e0e-be0b-400c-8cf3-255e4c8cf086
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          Allometric scaling,Allometry,Bite force,Piranha,Teeth
          Allometric scaling, Allometry, Bite force, Piranha, Teeth

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