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Avoiding AttackThe Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals and Mimicry$
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Graeme D. Ruxton, Tom N. Sherratt, and Michael P. Speed

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198528609

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198528609.001.0001

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Other forms of adaptive resemblance

Other forms of adaptive resemblance

(p.172) CHAPTER 12 Other forms of adaptive resemblance
Avoiding Attack

Graeme D. Ruxton

Thomas N. Sherratt

Michael P. Speed

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the phenomenon of automimicry, where individuals within a population may share the same warning signal but differ in their investment in defence. It seeks to explain the evolution of this variability and how the predator’s continued appropriate response to the warning signal can be maintained in the face of this potential decrease in signal reliability. It also considers the use of mimicry by predators (aggressive mimicry), floral mimicry that attracts pollinators, and intraspecific sexual mimicry.

Keywords:   automimicry, signal reliability, aggressive mimicry, sexual mimicry, floral mimicry

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