A Rare Model Limits the Distribution of its More Common Mimic: A Twist on Frequency-Dependent Batesian Mimicry

@inproceedings{Ries2008ARM,
  title={A Rare Model Limits the Distribution of its More Common Mimic: A Twist on Frequency-Dependent Batesian Mimicry},
  author={Leslie Ries and Sean P. Mullen},
  booktitle={Evolution; international journal of organic evolution},
  year={2008}
}
  • L. Ries, S. Mullen
  • Published in
    Evolution; international…
    1 July 2008
  • Environmental Science
Abstract Batesian mimics are predicted to lose their fitness advantage not only in the absence of an unpalatable model, but also when the mimic becomes relatively abundant. The phenotypic hybrid zone between mimetic and nonmimetic admiral butterflies, comprising the polytypic Limenitis arthemis species complex, offers an ideal opportunity to test these predictions because the position of the hybrid zone is hypothesized to be controlled by the geographic range of Battus philenor, the chemically… 
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