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Haley Szczech

on 10 September 2013

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Transcript of Mimicry

What is Mimicry?
Robber Fly

The Robber Fly mimics a bumble bee, however, this fly does not have a stinger, making it not at all dangerous. The Robber fly mimics a bee as defense to help it to not get eaten. This fly is also called the assassin fly because of its agility and speed.
Flat worm

This harmless snake looks much like its cousin, the Eastern Coral snake, which is extremely poisonous. This use of mimicry can be used both to gain advantage and to keep other predators away. The name 'Scarlet King Snake' means shiny snake and most king snakes have very vibrant patterns on their skin.
Black Marble Jawfish
This fish mimics a sea snake and an octopus. The Black Marble Jawfish uses this mimicry as defense. Mimicking these creatures allows it to travel farther from home to find food.
Spicebush Swallowtail
When the Spicebush swallowtail is a caterpillar, it's backside looks like a snake's face, and who wants to eat a possibly poisonous snake? Also, when this butterfly is in its cocoon it looks like a dead leaf. When the butterfly is in its adult stage, its wingspan is about 3-4 inches. The Spicebush Swallowtail's main food sources are nectar, thistles, milkweed, and dogbane.

Procotyla Fluviatilis
The Flat Worm mimics a sea slug because the sea slug gives off toxins, and the Flat worm does not. This mimicry is used for defense as well. Flat worms don't have a specific gender, so when they mate, either one or both can lay the eggs. This type of organism is called a hermaphrodite.

Opistognathus/thaumoctopus mimicus
Papilio Troilus Linnaeus
Robber Fly
Spicebush Swallowtail
Scarlet King Snake
Moenkhausia Pirauba
This fish mimics another fish, the Jupiaba apenima, although both fishes were proved harmless to humans. There are five (known) related species to the Moenkhausia Pirauba. This animal has been newly discovered and information on it is very scarce.
Jacob Behn, Drylee Frost, Ian Mattox, Ashlyn Petrisevac, and Haley Szczech.
Flat Worm
Scarlet King Snake
Moenkhausia Pirauba
Black Marble Jawfish
Lampropelitis triahgulum elapsoides
Mimicry is when an animal looks like or sounds like another animal or object, usually for defense, but also to gain an advantage.
The butterfly lives in the eastern half of the U.S. It is commonly found near open woods or near spice bushes and sassafras.
The Robber Fly loves to live in dry open habitats.
It is commonly found worldwide.

Flat worms can normally be found in Coral Reefs similar to this one. They live all over the oceans.
This is the bottom of the ocean. If you can find octopus here then you can find the Black Marble Jawfish.
The Scarlet King snake is located mostly at the bottom of the U.S., usually found in the regions of California to Florida.
This species has been recently discovered, so we could not find any information on where specifically it lives. Although it is a fish, so you would find it somewhere in the ocean.
Mimicking Sea Creatures
Works Cited

"Moenkhausia Pirauba Zanata, Birindelli & Moreira, 2010."FishBase. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Sept. 2013.

"Animals." National GeograpSept. 2013.
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"Tiny Fish Filmed Mimicking Octopus That Mimics Fish."
LiveScience.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Sept. 2013.

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