Camouflage through colour change: mechanisms, adaptive value and ecological significance

  title={Camouflage through colour change: mechanisms, adaptive value and ecological significance},
  author={Rafael C Duarte and Augusto Alberto Valero Flores and Martin Stevens},
  booktitle={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
Animals from a wide range of taxonomic groups are capable of colour change, of which camouflage is one of the main functions. A considerable amount of past work on this subject has investigated species capable of extremely rapid colour change (in seconds). However, relatively slow colour change (over hours, days, weeks and months), as well as changes arising via developmental plasticity are probably more common than rapid changes, yet less studied. We discuss three key areas of colour change… CONTINUE READING
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