Animal mimicry: Choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic

@article{Ct2005AnimalMC,
  title={Animal mimicry: Choosing when to be a cleaner-fish mimic},
  author={Isabelle M. C{\^o}t{\'e} and Karen L Cheney},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2005},
  volume={433},
  pages={211-212}
}
Mimicry in vertebrates is usually a permanent state — mimics resemble and normally accompany their model throughout the life stages during which they act as mimics. Here we show that the bluestriped fangblenny fish (Plagiotremus rhinorhynchos), which aggressively attacks other coral-reef fish, can turn off the mimetic colours that disguise it as the benign bluestreak cleaner wrasse, Labroides dimidiatus, and assume a radically different appearance. This opportunistic facultative mimicry extends… CONTINUE READING
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