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Floral Mimicry

Steven D. Johnson and Florian P. Schiestl


Mimicry is a classic example of adaptation through natural selection. The traditional focus of mimicry research has been on defense in animals (protective mimicry), but there is now also a highly developed and rapidly growing body of research on floral mimicry in plants. Being literally rooted to one spot, plants generally have to use food bribes to cajole animals into acting as couriers for their pollen. Plants that lack these food rewards often deploy elaborate color and scent signals in order to mimic food sources, oviposition sites, or mating partners of particular animals, and thereby exp ... More

Keywords: adaptation, chemical ecology, pollination, speciation, insects ecological specialization, floral signal evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732693
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven D. Johnson, author
Professor in the School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Florian P. Schiestl, author
Associate Professor, Institute for Systematic Botany, University of Zürich, Switzerland