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Avoiding Attack: The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Aposematism, and Mimicry

Graeme D. Ruxton, William L. Allen, Thomas N. Sherratt, and Michael P. Speed


Avoiding Attack discusses the diversity of mechanisms by which prey avoid predator attacks and explores how such defensive mechanisms have evolved through natural selection. It considers how potential prey avoid detection, how they make themselves unprofitable to attack, how they communicate this status, and how other species have exploited these signals. Using carefully selected examples of camouflage, mimicry, and warning signals drawn from a wide range of species and ecosystems, the authors summarize the latest research into these fascinating adaptations, developing mathematical models wher ... More

Keywords: evolutionary biology, behavioural ecology, chemical ecology, physiology, zoology, botany, natural history

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199688678
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199688678.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Graeme D. Ruxton, author
Professor, University of St Andrews, UK

William L. Allen, author
Lecturer in the Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, UK

Thomas N. Sherratt, author
Professor, Carleton University, Canada