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Phenotypic Plasticity Confers Multiple Fitness Benefits to a Mimic

Cortesi, Fabio; Feeney, William; Ferrari, Maud C.O.; Waldie, Peter A.; Phillips, Genevieve A.C.; McClure, Eva C.; Skold, Helen N.; Salzburger, Walter; Marshall, N. Justin; Cheney, Karen L.


Animal communication is often deceptive; however, such dishonesty can become ineffective if it is used too often, is used out of context, or is too easy to detect [1-3]. Mimicry is a common form of deception, and most mimics gain the greatest fitness benefits when they are rare compared to their models [3, 4]. If mimics are encountered too frequently or if their model is absent, avoidance learning of noxious models is disrupted (Batesian mimicry [3]), or receivers become more vigilant and learn...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Current Biology
DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.013


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