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Mimicry

  • Definition: Evolution by natural selection of similar forms by different species, such as the sharing of warning signals that discourage common predators. In Batesian mimicry, a species tasteful to a predator deceptively copies warning signals of a distasteful species. In Mullerian mimicry, two or more distasteful species evolve common warning signals to avoid a common predator.

    Source: Hickman, C.P., et al. 2011. Integrated Principles of Zoology. Fifteenth Edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education.

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