Batesian Mimics Influence Mimicry Ring Evolution

Franks, Daniel W and Noble, Jason (2003) Batesian Mimics Influence Mimicry Ring Evolution. Proceedings B: Biological Sciences, 271 (1535). pp. 191-196. ISSN 1471-2954

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Mathematical models of mimicry typically involve artificial prey species with fixed colorations or appearances; this enables a comparison of predation rates to demonstrate the level of protection a mimic might be afforded. Fruitful theoretical results have been produced using this method, but it is also useful to examine the possible evolutionary consequences of mimicry. To that end, we present individual-based evolutionary simulation models where prey colorations are free to evolve. We use the models to examine the effect of Batesian mimics on Muellerian mimics and mimicry rings. Results show that Batesian mimics can potentially incite Muellerian mimicry relationships and encourage mimicry ring convergence.

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Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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