Dynamic masquerade with morphing three-dimensional skin in cuttlefish.

  title={Dynamic masquerade with morphing three-dimensional skin in cuttlefish.},
  author={Deanna Panetta and Kendra C. Buresch and Roger T Hanlon},
  journal={Biology letters},
  volume={13 3}
Masquerade is a defence tactic in which a prey resembles an inedible or inanimate object thus causing predators to misclassify it. Most masquerade colour patterns are static although some species adopt postures or behaviours to enhance the effect. Dynamic masquerade in which the colour pattern can be changed is rare. Here we report a two-step sensory process that enables an additional novel capability known only in cuttlefish and octopus: morphing three-dimensional physical skin texture that… CONTINUE READING
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