An overview of the relationships between mimicry and crypsis

Endler, John A. 1981, An overview of the relationships between mimicry and crypsis, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 16, no. 1, pp. 25-31, doi: 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1981.tb01840.x.

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Title An overview of the relationships between mimicry and crypsis
Author(s) Endler, John A.ORCID iD for Endler, John A.
Journal name Biological Journal of the Linnean Society
Volume number 16
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 31
Total pages 7
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Place of publication Oxford, Eng
Publication date 1981-08
ISSN 0024-4066
Keyword(s) mimicry
colour patterns
convergent evolution
natural selection
animal communication
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Evolutionary Biology
Summary There have been many different and conflicting definitions of mimicry. Some of the definitions of mimicry include crypsis and others do not. Each definition includes different groups of phenomena and uses different criteria to distinguish mimetic from non-mimetic phenomena. The confusion is eliminated by a consideration of the criteria of all definitions. This shows that there are in fact three major criteria dividing six phenomona, rather than a single dichotomy between mimicry and crypsis (Table 2). The criteria are defined by the results of a mistake in discrimination between the model and mimìc: (a) the mistake does or does not depend upon relationship between mimic and background; (b) the mistake has or has no effect on the population dynamics or evolution of the model and (c) the mistake affects dynamics or evolution of one or of many models. The main reason for the contusion about mimicry and crypsis is that each author's definition includes differing and partially overlapping subsets of the six classes: crypsis; masquerade; Batesism; Müllerism; polymorphism and convergence.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1095-8312.1981.tb01840.x
Field of Research 06 Biological Sciences
HERDC Research category CN.1 Other journal article
Copyright notice ©1981, Linnean Society of London
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