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.
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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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Papilio troilus (Family Papilionidae) protects itself from potential predators with bright warning coloration and startling "eyespots" thought to remind migratory birds of tropical snakes found in their winter haunts.
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Even if prey survive predator attacks without visible damage, they must nonetheless lose fitness for warning coloration to be selected.
Is kin selection involved in the evolution of warning coloration? Oikos 45:31-36.
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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.