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Published August 2, 2021 | Published + Supplemental Material
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Steinernema carpocapsae jumps with greater velocity and acceleration than previously reported


Infective juveniles of the insect-parastic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae can jump greater than 6 times their height, a striking evolved novelty in some species of this genus. Using high-speed videography, we observed the kinematics of Steinernema carpocapsae spontaneous jumping behavior. Our analysis places a lower bound on the velocity and acceleration of these worms.

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© 2021 by the authors. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Received: May 20, 2021; Revision received: July 22, 2021; Accepted: July 26, 2021; Published: August 2, 2021. Funding: Was supported by NIH T32GM07616 and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Author Contributions: Adler R Dillman: Conceptualization, Investigation, Writing - original draft Wyatt Korff: Formal analysis, Methodology, Investigation, Writing - original draft Michael H Dickinson: Formal analysis, Writing - original draft Paul W Sternberg: Conceptualization, Writing - original draft.

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