Predator cognition permits imperfect coral snake mimicry.

@article{Kikuchi2010PredatorCP,
  title={Predator cognition permits imperfect coral snake mimicry.},
  author={David William Kikuchi and David W Pfennig},
  journal={The American naturalist},
  year={2010},
  volume={176 6},
  pages={
          830-4
        }
}
Batesian mimicry is often imprecise. An underexplored explanation for imperfect mimicry is that predators might not be able to use all dimensions of prey phenotype to distinguish mimics from models and thus permit imperfect mimicry to persist. We conducted a field experiment to test whether or not predators can distinguish deadly coral snakes (Micrurus fulvius) from nonvenomous scarlet kingsnakes (Lampropeltis elapsoides). Although the two species closely resemble one another, the order of… CONTINUE READING
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