Mimicry and the eye of the beholder

Cuthill, Innes. C. and Bennett, Andrew T. D. 1993, Mimicry and the eye of the beholder, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences, vol. 253, no. 1337, pp. 203-204.


Title Mimicry and the eye of the beholder
Author(s) Cuthill, Innes. C.
Bennett, Andrew T. D.
Journal name Proceedings of the Royal Society of London series B-biological sciences
Volume number 253
Issue number 1337
Start page 203
End page 204
Publisher The Royal Society Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 1993-08-23
ISSN 0962-8452
1471-2954
Summary Recent experiments (Dittrich et al. (Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 251, 195 (1993))) suggest that pigeon perception of wasp mimicry by hoverflies is similar to that of humans and of computer-based image matching. However, the relations are nonlinear and may explain why some species are abundant despite their being poor mimics to the human eye. We suggest that these discrepancies between pigeon and human categorization may lie in the differences between avian and primate colour vision. As pigeon categorization and computer image analysis were both assessed by using colour slides designed for human vision, they lacked the natural colour information available to wild birds, in particular that from ultraviolet (uv) wavelengths.
Language eng
Field of Research 059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©1993, The Royal Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022767

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