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A Description and Experimental Analysis of Batesian Mimicry between a Marine Gastropod and an Amphipod

@article{Field1974ADA,
  title={A Description and Experimental Analysis of Batesian Mimicry between a Marine Gastropod and an Amphipod},
  author={Laurence Field},
  journal={Pacific Science},
  year={1974}
}
  • L. Field
  • Published 1 October 1974
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Pacific Science
An apparent case of Batesian mimicry is described between three co-occurring species of the marine gastropod Lacuna (the model) and an amphipod mimic (Stenopleustes). Similar characteristics include size, color pattern, and loco­ motory behavior on eelgrass blades. Both animals inhabit subtidal eelgrass beds, but the mimic is only 1.0-4.2 percent as common as the model. Predatory fish (Cottidae, Pholidae) from the eelgrass habitat rarely eat Lacuna or Stenopleustes (shown by fecal analysis) but… 

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