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

Paperback | November 4, 2004

byGraeme D. Ruxton, Tom N. Sherratt, Michael P. Speed

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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 theirunprofitability, and how other species have exploited these signals. Using carefully selected examples drawn from a wide range of species and ecosystems, the authors present a critical analysis of the most important published works in the field. Illustrative examples of camouflage, mimicry andwarning signals regularly appear in undergraduate ecology textbooks, but these subjects are rarely considered in depth. This book summarises some of the latest research into these fascinating adaptations, developing mathematical models where appropriate and making recommendations for the mosturgently needed outstanding areas of enquiry.

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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 theirunprofitability, and how other species have ex...

Graeme Ruxton has co-written two books, both published by Oxford University Press - 'Living in Groups' (2002) for the Oxford Series in Ecology and Evolution, and the textbook 'Elementary Experimental Design for the Life Sciences' (2003). He is also the author of over 100 scientific articles. His background in physics provides particul...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.59 inPublished:November 4, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198528604

ISBN - 13:9780198528609

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AVOIDING DETECTION1. Background Matching2. Disruptive Coloration3. Countershading4. Transparency and SilveringSIGNALLING UNPROFITABILITY5. Secondary Defences6. Signalling to Predators7. The Form and Function of Warning Displays8. The Initial Evolution of Warning Displays9. The Evolution and Maintenance of Mullerian MimicryDECEIVING PREDATORS10. The Evolution and Maintenance of Batesian Mimicry11. The Relationship Between Batesian and Mullerian Mimicry12. Other Forms of Adaptive Resemblance13. Deflection and Startling of Predators14. General ConclusionsAppendix 1: A summary of mathematical and computer models that deal with Mullerian mimcryAppendix 2: A summary of mathematical and computer models that deal with Batesian mimcry