Locomotion Lab

Examine the limbs on the vertebrates in this section and determine their mode of locomotion.

 

Swimming

Running

Hopping

Climbing

Flying

Digging

Bat

(specimen)

           

Porpoise

(fluke)

           

Squirrel

(Specimen)

           

Cat

(skeleton)

           

Rabbit

(skeleton)

           

Bird

(specimen)

           

Harbor seal

(Skin)

           

Gopher

(Claw)

           

Opossum

(Skeleton)

           

Deer

(hindlimbs)

           

Swimming=aquatic (fins)

Running=cursorial (longer, thinner legs, walk on toes)

Hopping/jumping=saltorial (large,strong hind limbs, smaller forelimbs)

Climbing=  arboreal (limbs designed for grasping tree limbs

– like a monkey)

or    scansorial (limbs with claws for holding onto tree trunk/limb – like a squirrel)

Flying=Aerial (wings)

Digging=fossorial (robust, strong limbs, especially forelimbs, large claws)