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Mimicry and Camoflauge

Mimicry and Camoflauge in Costa Rican Insects

Ian Phillips

on 29 November 2012

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Transcript of Mimicry and Camoflauge

photo credit Nasa / Goddard Space Flight Center / Reto Stöckli Mimicry - "The similarity of one species to another which protects one or both."
A defense or offensive mechanism
Camoflauge - "When a species resembles its surroundings to avoid detection." Visual Mimicry Defense mechanism used by animals to look like another species Camouflage Defense mechanism used by animals to look like their surroundings Aggressive Mimicry A form of mimicry where the predator shares signals with a harmless species to avoid detection by prey Batesian Mimicry One species shares signals with another species, but does not have the attribute that makes it unprofitable to predators Müllerian Mimicry Two or more species have very similar warning or aposematic signals and both share genuine anti-predation attributes Mimicry and Camouflage Insect Mimicry Ian Phillips
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