Metachronal Limb Movements by Artemia salina: Synchrony of Male and Female during Coupling

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Science  24 Sep 1971:
Vol. 173, Issue 4003, pp. 1247-1248
DOI: 10.1126/science.173.4003.1247


Studies of the metachronal rhythms of Artemia salina reveal that limb movements of the male and female are synchronous during precopulatory coupling. Synchrony is an adaptation which maintains efficiency in locomotion, respiration, and feeding. The male acts as the pacemaker for the pair and drives the female at a higher rate than she exhibits when alone.