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Further Investigations: Adaptations

  1.  There is a strong relationship between body form and function. By observing the external body forms of fishes and inferring the functions of a fish’s body parts, it is possible to make some informed guesses about where a fish might live and how it might behave. Research and compare the external anatomies of three different species of fish. Use this information to predict the behavior of each fish.
  2. Choose one of the fish descriptions listed in Table 4.20. Each description lists what the fish eats, what eats it, where it lives, and what it does. Make a quick sketch of a fish that fits those characteristics. Use your sketch to draw, paint, sculpt, or build a model of your fish.

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