Contrasting coloration in terrestrial mammals.

@article{Caro2009ContrastingCI,
  title={Contrasting coloration in terrestrial mammals.},
  author={Tim Caro},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1516},
  pages={537-48}
}
Here I survey, collate and synthesize contrasting coloration in 5000 species of terrestrial mammals focusing on black and white pelage. After briefly reviewing alternative functional hypotheses for coloration in mammals, I examine nine colour patterns and combinations on different areas of the body and for each mammalian taxon to try to identify the most likely evolutionary drivers of contrasting coloration. Aposematism and perhaps conspecific signalling are the most consistent explanations for… CONTINUE READING
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