not covered by muscle; Manzano & Lavilla, 1995). Many burrowers, by contrast, show specializations of the pelvic girdle and hind‐limbs thought to improve their burrowing ability (Emerson, 1976). Frogs are characterized by a specialized morphology including a shortened trunk and tail, elongated ilia, and elongated hind limbs, all traits thought to be associated with their saltatory mode of life (Gans & Parsons, 1966; Lutz & Rome, 1994; Shubin & Jenkins, 1995). Moreover, these complex behaviours arose independently at least three times in arboreal frogs (Gray et al. In the following descriptions of the muscles we follow the terminology of Gaupp (1896) unless otherwise noted, and for bones we follow Fabrezi (1992) and Fabrezi & Alberch (1996). Harrison SM, Whitton RC, King M, Haussler KK, Kawcak CE, Stover SM, Pandy MG. J Exp Biol. The effect of food properties on grasping and manipulation in the aquatic frog All experiments were approved by the animal ethics committee at the University of Antwerp. The frog has two occipital condyles, the same as a mammal. Indeed, the evolution of grasping is often thought to be associated with specialized arboreal habits in ancestral or early primates (Napier, 1967; Martin, 1990; Sargis, 2001; Bloch & Boyer, 2002). 2013 Oct 1;216(Pt 19):3599-605. doi: 10.1242/jeb.090027. 1976), as these frogs use their hands and feet to distribute serous substances over their bodies. 1997). Terminology. One major exception to the relative lack of specialization among frog forelimbs is found in arboreal frogs. Generating a balancing torque is probably crucial when moving on substrates equal to or narrower than the width of the body to counteract the moment of force induced by lateral displacements of the centre of mass during locomotion (Cartmill, 1985; Sargis, 2001; Schmitt & Lemelin, 2004). Morphometric ratio analyses: Locomotor mode in anurans. This is accompanied by a body morphology particularly adapted to movement in a liquid medium. Working off-campus? 2). These tendons run in parallel to the superficial tendon and insert on the distal third of the subterminal (penultimate) phalanx. During substrate contact, however, P. bicolor is able to close its fingers more completely and actively flexes the last phalanx of each digit; L. caerulea, by contrast, cannot fully flex the last phalanges (arrow) when grasping the substrate. 2007), and the mechanism of attachment and detachment of the toe pads in arboreal frogs (Hanna & Barnes, 1991). Radiographics. Introduction. At least five trials were recorded for each animal. Species were different in wrist angle only during toe‐off (F1,46 = 37.54; P < 0.001), with L. caerulea having greater angles and thus a more extended wrist than P. bicolor. Number of times cited according to CrossRef: Biomechanical properties of anuran long bones: correlations with locomotor modes and habitat use. Frogs are characterized by a unique morphology associated with their saltatory lifestyle. One other striking difference between the two species was that whereas P. bicolor, despite its larger size, never lost balance or stumbled when walking across the narrowest substrate, L. caerulea does. Does the shape of forelimb long bones co-vary with grasping behaviour in strepsirrhine primates?. Finally, the hand of the animal was positioned around two custom‐made semicircular plates attached to a Kistler force transducer (type 9207, ±5 N) and portable charge amplifier (type 5995). That both species actively grasp the substrate is indicated by the results of our electromyographic analysis. M. flexor indicis superficialis proprius II: Stimulation of the m. flexor i.s. ... Long bone of the forelimb articulating with the scapula and the radio-ulna. Little or no flexion of the wrist is observed upon stimulation of this muscle. 2020 Sep 17;10(20):11467-11487. doi: 10.1002/ece3.6784. 2018 Aug 23;15:32. doi: 10.1186/s12983-018-0273-x. Abstract Frogs are characterized by a unique morphology associated with their saltatory lifestyle. Anuran forelimb muscle tendinous structures and their relationship with locomotor modes and habitat use. 4. At least five walking sequences were recorded and analysed for each individual. Fig. No differences related to this muscle have been observed among the three species studied. We would like to thank Vicky Schaerlaeken for help with experiments and data collection; and Bieke Vanhooydonck and Vicky Schaerlaeken for measuring animals and sending data to Argentina which allowed us to finish the paper in a timely fashion. M. flexor digitorum communis longus: In L. caerulea, stimulation of the m. flexor digitorum communis longus causes flexion of the wrist to about 90° relative to the horizontal. During substrate contact, the fingers are flexed around the dowel and the wrist and elbow are flexed during stance. Data were transferred digitally to a PC using the TEAC QuickVu software, and the onset and duration of the muscular activity relative to substrate contact was quantified in Microsoft Excel. Stimulation experiments showed an increased control of digit flexion in the more specialized of the two species, allowing it to execute a precision grip paralleled only by that seen in primates. It inserts along the medial border of the prepollex elements. . enopus laevis Indeed, our analysis of the use of the forelimbs during locomotion on a narrow substrate suggests that both species actively adjust the position of the hands and include a grasping type of support. The right forelimb of seventy-seven specimens belonging to six species encompassing different clades of the anuran phylogeny (Duellman & Trueb, 1994 and Pyron & Wiens, 2011) were dissected (Table 1).Then, 10 muscles and 9 tendons, and their respective large bones (humerus and radioulna) (Table 2) were removed intact, and their length was measured (Fig. It inserts on the distal extreme of the humerus. 4A,B): In P. bicolor this is a bulky and wide muscle that originates from the distal head of the humerus and inserts fleshy along the ventral face of the ulnar side of the radio‐ulna, and by a short and broad tendon on the transverse crest of the distal carpal 5‐4‐3. skeleton of a frog . In this species it is, however, not related to the tendon of the m. lumbricalis brevis V. Flexor capi radialis (f.c.r. No differences related to this muscle–tendon complex have been found between the three species analysed. Signals were amplified 10 000 times using Gould Universal pre‐amplifiers with notch filter and Honeywell Accudata 117DC amplifiers. In front it supports the head which is held slightly above the ground. However, distinct sexual dimorphism in forelimb length has been noted and is thought to be related to the ability of males to hold on to females during amplexus (Emerson, 1991). Frogs also use their forelimbs to clean their faces and eyes, and if their prey is not entirely in their mouth they’ll use those arms to push it into their mouth more. 1992). Based on these points, the elbow, wrist and hand angles were calculated as well as the average velocity of movement (Fig. Manual and pedal grasping among anurans: a review of relevant concepts with empirical approaches. In L. caerulea the origin of both branches is tendinous. A forelimb is an anterior limb on a terrestrial vertebrate's body. X‐rays were generated using a Philips optimus M200 X‐ray generator and recorded using a Philips image intensifier with a Redlake MotionPro2000 camera attached. 5). 4A,B): This is a bulky, subtriangular, and superficial muscle located on the radial side of the antebrachium, covering the m. flexor antebrachii caput superior. In addition, the activity of the flexor i. s. proprius II of digit 2 during stance corroborates this idea. Functional morphology of the forelimb of living and extinct tree-kangaroos (Marsupialia: Macropodidae). Each foot can thus be divided into an outer and an inner portion, which can be opposed as the branch is gripped. Animals were kept in separate terraria with dense vegetation and were misted daily. Here we study the morphology and function of the forelimb and hand during locomotion in two species of arboreal frogs (Litoria caerulea and Phyllomedusa bicolor). Three to five trials were performed for each individual and the maximal medially directed force per individual was retained and a species average was calculated. 5). Note the activity of the m. palmaris profundus, important in flexing the hand and adducting the fingers during the contact phase. 2. Three trials including at least three pull‐offs each were recorded for every animal. Abbreviations: e.c.l., m. extensor communis longus; e.b.s., m. extensor brevis superficialis; e.b.m., m. extensor brevis medius; delt.p.sc., m. deltoideus pars scapularis; t.b., m. triceps brachii; add.i.l., m. adductor indicis longus; epic., m. epicondylo‐cubitalis. Frogs, despite their distant phylogenetic affinity, may thus provide us with a window to understand the evolution of human grasping abilities. Animals were brought under deep anaesthesia using ketamine (225 mg kg−1 body mass) and the muscles of the right forelimb were exposed. This chapter reviews the structure and functions of the equine forelimbs in relation to locomotor activity, including kinematics (movements) and kinetics (forces) during the stride. Abbreviations: f.d.c.l., m. flexor digitorum communis longus; ept., m. epitrochleocubitalis; p.p., m. palmaris profundus; abd.s., abductor secundus digiti V; l.b., m. lumbricalis brevis; l.l., m. lumbricalis longus; c.p., caput profundus digiti III; f.p., m. flexor indicis superficialis proprius digiti II; f.c.r., m. flexor carpis radialis; T.F., main flexor tendons; delt., m. deltoideus; t.b., m. triceps brachii. See skeleton of a frog in : french | spanish. 1997). Before X‐ray recordings were made, animals were anaesthetized using a buffered MS222 solution, and small metal markers were inserted subcutaneously at the proximal and distal ends of the humerus, at the proximal and distal ends of the radius, at the base of the carpals, at the base of the phalanges and at the last phalanx of digit II. Although variation in the form and function of the pelvic girdle and associated appendicular system related to specialized locomotor modes such as swimming or burrowing has been documented, the forelimbs have typically been viewed as relatively unspecialized. Hand angle 2 showed significant interaction (F1,84 = 4.10; P = 0.04) and contact phase (F1,84 = 3.98; P = 0.049) effects, with angles being smaller (i.e. Tree frog attachment: mechanisms, challenges, and perspectives. next. The m. deltoideus and the m. flexor i. s. proprius, on the other hand, show the greatest activity during the swing phase, suggesting flexion at the elbow. To allow synchronization between the X‐ray video recordings and muscle activity patterns, a synchronization signal from the X‐ray generator was recorded on tape. The biomechanics of tree frogs climbing curved surfaces: a gripping problem. Fig. Anuran forelimb muscle tendinous structures and their relationship with locomotor modes and habitat use. | Forces were multiplied by two to allow for a comparison with the forces exerted using both hands in the in vivo trials using the force plate. Qualitative descriptions of the placement of the hand onto the substrate were made based on these videos as well. Measurements of grasping forces in vivo and during stimulation experiments show that both species, are capable of executing a so‐called power grip but also indicates marked differences between species, in the magnitude of forces generated. In L. caerulea and P. sauvagii the medial branch gives origin to the fifth tendon, the central branch to the fourth tendon, and the lateral one merges distally with a short fascia that provides the origin for the third tendon and the tendon of origin of m. lumbricalis brevis V. Palmaris profundus (p.p. Deltoideus (delt. Analyses of high‐speed video and video fluoroscopy recordings show that forelimbs are used in alternating fashion in a diagonal sequence footfall pattern and that the position of the hand is adjusted when walking on substrates of different diameters. No differences related to this muscle were observed between the three species. USA.gov. Combined stimulations: A combined stimulation of the m. flexor digitorum communis longus, m. palmaris profundus, m. lumbricalis of digit 4 and m. flexor i. s. proprius II of digit 2 results in a flexion of the wrist and closure of the hand in both species. (B) Graph illustrating the maximal grasping forces obtained by electrical stimulation of the hand flexors. Depicted are the 12‐V stimulus train (A) and resulting grasping force measured using a force transducer (B). X This aponeurosis, which arises from the palmaris longus in most frogs (and even most vertebrates), gives origin to the superficial tendons of each digit. (A) Litoria caerulea ,…, Selected images from high-speed video recordings (100frames per second) of walking on a…, Representative electromyographic traces of selected…, Representative electromyographic traces of selected forelimb muscles in Phyllomedusa bicolor . M. lumbricalis longus digiti IV: Stimulation of the m. lumbricalis longus digiti IV causes complete flexion of digit 4 in both species. This difference was significant (F1,2 = 47.82; P = 0.02) but should be interpreted with some caution given that only a single individual of P. bicolor was measured. The hand musculature of the species of Litoria and Phyllomedusa examined here is very similar. Grey bars…, (A) Graph illustrating in vivo grasp forces in Phyllomedusa bicolor and Litoria caerulea…, NLM This suggests that a precision grip may be used during locomotion on very narrow substrates and/or in the manipulation of small food items (Gray et al. 1997) in phyllomedusine frogs in general. Below, we describe those muscles specifically relevant to hand flexion in addition to those used during electromyographic and stimulation experiments. Pseudis and Lysapsus, aquatic hylids frogs, have ilio‐sacral specializations related to their floating behaviour at the water surface (Manzano & Barg, 2005). The main flexor tendons also show a close relationship with the m. palmaris profundus that joins these tendons by connective tissue and in Phyllomedusa species even attaches onto superficial tendon IV. Maximal grasping forces obtained through stimulation of the forearm and hand flexors (Fig. Comparative anatomy, homologies and evolution of the pectoral and forelimb musculature of tetrapods with special attention to extant limbed amphibians and reptiles. Our analysis of the high‐speed video recordings indicates that the overall forelimb movement pattern is very similar in the two species (Fig. Force-transmitting structures in the digital pads of the tree frog Hyla cinerea: a functional interpretation. tibiofibula 4A,B): A broad muscle that covers the ventral face of metacarpus II, originated fleshy on medial border of the distal carpal 5‐4‐3 and inserts by TS II, at the base of the last phalanx. Grey bars represent the ipsilateral contact phase; yellow bars represent the swing phase. metatarsus Part of the hind limb formed of five long parallel bones; it connects the tarsus with the first phalanges of the digits. Scale bar = 5 mm. The muscle arises fleshy from the transversal crest of distal carpals 5‐4‐3, close to the tendon of the m. lumbricalis brevis III. The full text of this article hosted at iucr.org is unavailable due to technical difficulties. In L. caerulea the muscle is single but continues forward via two tendons similar to the medial branch described above. Naturales (UNT) Miguel Lillo 251 4000 Tucumán, Argentina, Department of Biology, Laboratory of Functional Morphology University of Antwerp, Universiteitsplein 1, B‐2610 Wilrijk, Antwerp, Belgium. Its main function is to transport all essential liquid and gaseous materials to the living tissues. Convergence in the functional properties of forelimb muscles in carnivorans: adaptations to an arboreal lifestyle?. Measurements of grasping forces in vivo and during stimulation experiments show that both species, are capable of executing a so-called power grip but also indicates marked differences between species, in the magnitude of forces generated. Wrist angle, by contrast, showed significant interaction effects (F1,84 = 11.43; P = 0.001). The medial branches are thin and short, and originate on the superficial tendon IV at the level of the proximal half of metacarpal IV by means of two short tendons parallel to the superficial tendon. Additionally, stimulation of this muscle causes flexion of the digits at all the different phalangeal joints. One notable difference that can be observed between species is the degree to which they can close the hand around the dowel. Hand and Foot Musculature of Anura: Structure, Homology, Terminology, and Synapomorphies for Major Clades. 2014). It is a bone in the forelimb that connects to the Fibula and provides movement of the legs. When the lower arm is not stabilized relative to the substrate, stimulation of this muscle causes elbow flexion to an angle of about 90°. A bird with a forelimb that is very primitive is the Archaeopteryx. 2007), internal development of the forelimb and sudden eruption of the well‐developed limb through the outer body layer. Fig. Birds. Frogs are characterized by a unique morphology associated with their saltatory lifestyle. Differences in wrist angle during the different contact phases were also significant (F1,84 = 10.54; P = 0.002) with angles during mid‐stance being greater (i.e. COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. When comparing the anatomy of the forearm and hand of the species examined here with that observed for more generalized frogs (Gaupp, 1896; Burton, 1998), there appear to be some muscular characters related to the ability to climb, for example the elongation of the mm. Langowski JKA, Schipper H, Blij A, van den Berg FT, Gussekloo SWS, van Leeuwen JL. It is located superficially between digits II and III. Animals were positioned on their back on a custom‐made platform and the lower arm was immobilized to allow visualization of movements at the wrist and hand. When moving on very narrow substrates, a typical power grip would result in the digits of the fingers overlapping and thus potentially hindering the creation of a secure grip. To keep the centre of mass close to the substrate, and thus allow an efficient climbing style, the hand cannot be closed around the substrate in a typical power grip (with flexed thumb), but rather involves adduction of a straight thumb towards the palmar side of the other digits (Isler, 2005). 1997). Animals were filmed in combined ventral and lateral view using a mirror positioned at an angle of 45° to the horizontal at the level of the arm. In the frog the cerebral hemispheres are first differentiated at the 7 mm. The “ocean frog” an atheist. Front Zool. A force-measuring and behaviour-recording system consisting of 24 individual 3D force plates for the study of single limb forces in climbing animals on a quasi-cylindrical tower. Forelimb function. Epub 2018 Aug 19. J Morphol. Phyllomedusa bicolor also showed a greater flexion at the wrist, allowing it to maintain its grasp on the substrate for a longer time than L. caerulea. Distally the muscle splits into three branches, the medial, central and lateral branches, each one continuing with a strong and superficial tendon that insert on the last phalanx of digits III, IV and V. The tendon of origin of the m. lumbricalis brevis V arises from the tendon of the lateral branch of the m. flexor digitorum communis longus. Ecomorphology of the pectoral girdle in anurans (Amphibia, Anura): Shape diversity and biomechanical considerations. Fig. Flexor digitorum communis longus (sensu Ecker, 1889) (f.d.c.l. Despite this common body plan, diverse lifestyles have evolved among frogs including specialist aquatic, fossorial and arboreal species characterized by unique modes of locomotion (Duellman & Trueb, 1986; Frost et al. Forelimb of a frog? Dorsal view of the hand showing the extensor musculature: (A) Litoria caerulea, right hand. Before the experiments, all specimens were weighed and the dimensions of the body (SVL), head, forelimbs and hind‐limbs were determined using digital calipers (Mitutoyo CD‐30C and CD‐15B; ±0.01 mm). (A), Selected images from high-speed video recordings (100frames per second) of walking on a narrow substrate in, Representative electromyographic traces of selected forelimb muscles in. It inserts on the dorsum of metacarpal II and continues with a tendinous fascia to the metacarpal–phalangeal joint. Manzano AS, Herrel A, Fabre AC, Abdala V. J Anat. The atheist knows that there is more to the universe than just one simple well (earth) but so many well frogs refuse to believe it or accept it. These also helps to control the movement direction of the frog while swimming or jumping. eCollection 2018. Interestingly, even though both species appear to use a similar type of power grip when holding on to a narrow substrate, despite its larger body size and longer limbs Phyllomedusa appears much more stable and secure when moving across narrow substrates. 2019 Oct;65(5):599-608. doi: 10.1093/cz/zoy086. In total, 27 frogs were used to measure moment arms at the hip and knee joints. . This is a question and answer forum for students, teachers and general visitors for exchanging articles, answers and notes. Although these data suggest that the evolution of a high‐performance power grip has gone hand in hand with the occupation of complex arboreal substrates with supports of narrow diameter, this hypothesis needs to be tested in a broad comparative framework. Please check your email for instructions on resetting your password. execute a power grip sensu Napier 1956) to generate a balancing torque. Our analysis of the step parameters indicates that this may be due to the longer contact time observed in P. bicolor (1.19 ± 0.46 s) compared with L. caerulea (0.68 ± 0.41 s). Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. wrist more extended than during toe‐off). Scale bar = 1 mm. proprius II causes flexion of digit 2 in both species. eCollection 2020 Oct. De Oliveira-Lagôa S, Cruz FB, Azócar DLM, Lavilla EO, Abdala V. Curr Zool. Note how the flexor becomes active slightly after substrate contact, suggesting that the hand is first put down and subsequently flexed. Please enable it to take advantage of the complete set of features! Fig. Frogs have 4 digits in fore limb while hindlimb have 5 digits. Corroborating this pattern is the activity of the m. palmaris profundus, which, as shown by the stimulation experiment, increases the moment arm of the m. flexor digitorum communis longus and thus actively assists hand and wrist flexion. All muscles were stimulated at once, and both the stimulus and the corresponding grasping forces were recorded digitally on tape using a TEAC DAT recorder (Fig. Stimulation of the same muscle in P. bicolor causes a similar degree of flexion at the wrist but resulted in flexion of the digits at the metacarpo‐phalangeal joints only. Bone indicators of grasping hands in lizards. Whereas L. caerulea was able to generate 1.32 ± 0.10 N of grasping force on average, the one P. bicolor for which measurements were obtained was able to generate 2.41 N of force (Fig. There are, however, some peculiarities in Phyllomedusa: a general elongation and increase in the size of the muscles, the presence of strong and long tendons (like those of the m. extensor brevis or the m. adductor indicis longus); and the presence of elongated and naked bony areas (i.e. Fig. Videos were reviewed in a Midas player (version 2.1.5; Xcitex Inc.) and contact times and durations were recorded. Epub 2017 Apr 20. Start studying Frog anatomy functions. The m. deltoideus in P. bicolor showed a pronounced activity during the swing phase but invariably showed a second activity burst during stance. An ecomorphological analysis of forelimb musculotendinous system in sigmodontine rodents (Rodentia, Cricetidae, Sigmodontinae). HHS Evolution of morphology and locomotor performance in anurans: relationships with microhabitat diversification. Warburton NM, Harvey KJ, Prideaux GJ, O'Shea JE. It has three branches: a ventral branch originating on the ventro‐lateral base of the proximal condyle of the humerus and continuing to give rise to the elbow aponuerosis; a dorsal branch arising from the dorso‐lateral base of the proximal condyle of the humerus and merging with the elbow aponeurosis; and a lateral branch arising by a short and broad tendon, from the proximal and posterior border of the scapula. Electrodes were inserted in the middle of the respective muscle bellies and connected to a stimulator (Grass S48). The stimulation circuit was charge balanced by a coupling capacitor and bleed resistor (Loeb & Gans, 1986) to avoid muscle damage and undue fatigue. Convergent evolution across the Australian continent: ecotype diversification drives morphological convergence in two distantly related clades of Australian frogs. Our data show a complex arrangement of the distal forelimb and hand musculature with some notable differences between species. Image from a high‐speed X‐ray recording of Phyllomedusa bicolor walking on a narrow substrate. Lumbricalis longus IV (l.l. It originates from the latero‐distal edge of the ulnar side of the radio‐ulna and joins the superficial tendons III, IV and V by a tendinous fascia. Although variation in the form and function of the pelvic girdle and associated appendicular system related to specialized locomotor modes such as swimming or burrowing has been documented, the forelimbs have typically been viewed as relatively unspecialized. Electromyographic recordings show that the flexors of the hand are active during substrate contact, suggesting the use of gripping to generate a stabilizing torque. Our electromyographic recordings show that the flexors of the hand are active during substrate contact in both L. caerulea (m. flexor digitorum communis longus; Fig. On the narrow dowel, both species use a diagonal sequence gait typical of primates and other arboreal mammals when walking on narrow substrates (Jenkins, 1974; Sargis, 2001; Schmitt & Lemelin, 2004). The specialisation of the third metacarpal and hand in arboreal frogs: Adaptation for arboreal habitat?. Trials were analysed using the Kistler Bioware software and peak forces in the x, y and z direction as well as the resultant forces were extracted. This is corroborated by the late onset of the m. abductor indicis longus during late stance and early swing in L. caerulea (Fig. Coping with the extremes: comparative osteology of the tepui-associated toad Oreophrynella and its bearing on the evolution of osteological novelties in the genus. 2011 Oct;272(10):1230-44. doi: 10.1002/jmor.10979. de Cs. It arises from the distal half of the humerus and inserts fleshy on the medial side of the radiale, and by a tendon on element Y. 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