The Role of Collagen in the Mechanical Design of Squid Mantle

  • Robert E. Shadwick
  • John M. Gosline
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 93)


Collagen is a strong and very resilient fibrous protein that has important mechanical functions in supporting tissues of animals. For example, in terrestrial vertebrates the collagenous leg tendons act as stiff springs which store and release energy elastically, and thus reduce the muscular work required for running and jumping (1).


Collagen Fibre Circular Muscle Mantle Length Mantle Cavity Mantle Tissue 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert E. Shadwick
    • 1
  • John M. Gosline
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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