Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Batesian Mimicry

Kind of mimicry in which a nonpoisonous species (the Batesian form) mimics a poisonous and conspicuous species, such as when certain butterfly species mimic distasteful, unrelated species, and they thus become less susceptible to pre-dation by birds. Aka pseudaposematic coloration.

Cf. Müllerian mimicry.

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