Optimization of cryptic coloration in heterogeneous habitats

  title={Optimization of cryptic coloration in heterogeneous habitats},
  author={Sami Merilaita and J. Tuomi and Veijo Jormalainen},
We present a theoretical approach to the optimization of crypsis in heterogeneous habitats. Our model habitat consists of two different microhabitats, and the optimal combination of crypsis in the microhabitats is supposed to maximize the probability of escaping detection by a predator. The probability of escaping detection for a prey is a function of: (i) degree of crypsis, (ii) probability of occurrence in the microhabitats and (iii) probability of encountering a predator in the microhabitats… CONTINUE READING