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Convergent evolution of sexual deception via chromatic and achromatic contrast rather than colour mimicry

Gaskett, A. C.; Endler, J. A.; Phillips, Ryan


The Orchidaceae is characterised by the repeated evolution of sexual deception, one of the most specialised pollination strategies. In orchids, sexual deception involves long-range pollinator attraction via mimicry of female insect sex pheromones. At close range, visual signals involving colour mimicry, contrast to the background, and exploitation of pollinator sensory biases could attract pollinators, but remain largely untested. Here we focus on a remarkable system in which species from two...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016-09-23
Type: Journal article
Source: Evolutionary Ecology
DOI: 10.1007/s10682-016-9863-2
Access Rights: Open Access


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