warning coloration


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warning coloration

n.
The conspicuous markings of a noxious or unpalatable organism, such as a skunk, that serve to warn off potential predators. Also called aposematic coloration.

warning coloration

or

aposematic coloration

any striking or conspicuous markings occurring on an animal which indicate to potential predators (who presumably have to learn the association) that the organism is distasteful. see MIMICRY.
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1970 The effect of experience and novelty on avian feeding behavior with reference to the evolution of warning coloration in butterflies.
Responses to warning coloration in avian predators.
Even if prey survive predator attacks without visible damage, they must nonetheless lose fitness for warning coloration to be selected.
A question of taste: crypsis and warning coloration in freshwater zooplankton communities.
Warning coloration evolves by individual selection: evidence from marine gastropods with pelagic larvae.
Aposematism, conventional signalling theory, frequency-dependence, handicap signalling theory, honesty, mimicry, unpalatable prey, warning coloration.
In this paper we build on earlier suggestions (Grafen, 1990b; Zahavi, 1991), and analyze the handicap theory's ability to explain the major design features of one of the most extensively studied of all signalling systems, namely warning coloration and mimicry.