Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

  • -id > 9:3


1. a form of mimicry within some species such that a palatable morph resembles an unpalatable morph; the mimic morphs have not ingested the requisite toxins yet are avoided by predators. Aka Batesian mimicry, intraspecific mimicry.

2. the imitation by one sex or life stage of communication in another sex or life stage of the same species; e.g. the imitation by the males of some monkey species of female sexual signals, which they appear to employ in appeasement rituals.