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Automimicry destabilizes aposematism: predator sample-and-reject behaviour may provide a solution.

Abstract:

Aposematism, the use of conspicuous colours to advertise unpalatability to predators, is perhaps the most studied signalling system in nature. However, its evolutionary stability remains paradoxical. The paradox is illustrated by the problem of automimicry. Automimics are palatable individuals within a population of unpalatable aposematics. Automimics benefit from predators avoiding warning coloration without carrying the models' cost of unpalatability, and should increase in the population, ...

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Publisher copy:
10.1098/rspb.2004.2893

Authors


Gamberale-Stille, G More by this author
Guilford, T More by this author
Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
271
Issue:
1557
Pages:
2621-2625
Publication date:
2004-12-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:0250e46f-d4c2-418b-81e7-1e2d748029a6
Source identifiers:
244641
Local pid:
pubs:244641

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