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Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals, and Mimicry

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By: Graeme D Ruxton(Author), Thomas N Sherratt(Author), Mike Speed(Author)

288 pages, illustrations

Oxford University Press

Paperback | Jun 2018 | Edition: 2 | #237162 | ISBN-13: 9780199688685
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Hardback | Jun 2018 | Edition: 2 | #237163 | ISBN-13: 9780199688678
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About this book

This book discusses the mechanisms by which prey avoids predator attacks, and how such mechanisms have evolved through natural selection.

Despite the very precise and scientifically informative character of the book, which one would expect to reduce the number of serious readers, the generally interesting topic and the pleasant way it is written, make it more likely to be read by a variety of naturalists which like uncovering the amazing secrets of nature. European Journal of Entomology, 103: 830, 2006


Contents

AVOIDING DETECTION; 1. Background Matching; 2. Disruptive Coloration; 3. Countershading; 4. Transparency and Silvering; SIGNALLING UNPROFITABILITY; 5. Secondary Defences; 6. Signalling to Predators; 7. The Form and Function of Warning Displays; 8. The Initial Evolution of Warning Displays; 9. The Evolution and Maintenance of Mullerian Mimicry; DECEIVING PREDATORS; 10. The Evolution and Maintenance of Batesian Mimicry; 11. The Relationship Between Batesian and Mullerian Mimicry; 12. Other Forms of Adaptive Resemblance; 13. Deflection and Startling of Predators; 14. General Conclusions; Appendix 1: A summary of mathematical and computer models that deal with Mullerian mimcry; Appendix 2: A summary of mathematical and computer models that deal with Batesian mimcry


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