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Camouflage and Mimicry

Denis Owen
ISBN: 0192176838Categories: ,


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Many organisms, to avoid being noticed, combine color and shape to create elaborate and highly effective disguises. Some have evolved uncanny likenesses to such elements of their environment as leaves and rocks. Others use color and shape in more spectacular displays simply to frighten a predator or to warn that they are poisonous. In turn, and to complicate matters for their enemies, some edible animals have evolved a striking likeness to poisonous animals that use color as a warning. Though such camouflage and mimicry is most widely and brilliantly evident among the insects—where sometimes only the experienced naturalist can see through the deception—it has also evolved in plants and several groups of vertebrates, including birds, snakes, and salamanders. pp. 158 illusts #0820 ISBN 10: 0192176838 ISBN 13: 9780192176837

Camouflage and Mimicry describes the remarkably varied attempts of species to deceive their predators and prey. It illustrates a group of strategies which help to increase an individual’s chances of survival.

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AuthorDenis Owen
PublisherOxford University Press, Melbourne
Year Published1980
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Hardcover in Dustjacket