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Avoiding Attack: The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals and Mimicry


Avoiding Attack: The Evolutionary Ecology of Crypsis, Warning Signals and Mimicry



von: Michael P. Speed

74,99 €

Verlag: Oup Oxford
Format: PDF
Veröffentl.: 21.10.2004
ISBN/EAN: 9780191523779
Sprache: englisch
Anzahl Seiten: 264

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This book discusses the diversity of mechanisms by which prey avoid attack by predators and explores how such defensive mechanisms have evolved through natural selection. It considers how potential prey avoid detection, how they make themselves unprofitable to attack, how they signal their unprofitability, and how other species have exploited these signals. Using carefully selected examples drawn from a wide range of species and ecosystems, the authors present acritical analysis of the most important published works in the field. Illustrative examples of camouflage, mimicry and warning signals regularly appear in undergraduate ecology textbooks, but these subjects are rarely considered in depth. This book summarises some of the latest research into thesefascinating adaptations, developing mathematical models where appropriate and making recommendations for the most urgently needed outstanding areas of enquiry.

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