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Avoiding Attack – The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals and Mimicry - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Avoiding Attack: The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals and Mimicry

Graeme D. Ruxton, Tom N. Sherratt, and Michael P. Speed


The book discusses the diversity of mechanisms by which prey can avoid or survive attacks by predators, both from ecological and evolutionary perspectives. There is a particular focus on sensory mechanisms by which prey can avoid being detected, avoid being identified, signal (perhaps sometimes dishonestly) to predators that they are defended or unpalatable. The book is divided into three sections. The first considers detection avoidance through, for example, background matching, disruptive patterning, countershading and counterillumination, or transparency and reflective silvering. The second ... More

Keywords: adaptive coloration, camouflage, secondary defences, aposematism, predation, anti-predator defences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198528609
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528609.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graeme D. Ruxton, author
University of Glasgow

Tom N. Sherratt, author
Department of Biology, Carleton University, Canada

Michael P. Speed, author
School of Biological Sciences, University of Liverpool