Satyric mimicry: the evolution of apparent imperfection

@article{Howse1994SatyricMT,
  title={Satyric mimicry: the evolution of apparent imperfection},
  author={Philip E. Howse and J. A. . Allen},
  journal={Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences},
  year={1994},
  volume={257},
  pages={111 - 114}
}
  • P. Howse, J. A. Allen
  • Published 22 August 1994
  • Biology
  • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
Dittrich et al. (Proc. R. Soc. Lond. B 251, 195 (1993)) recently proposed that the existence of hoverfly species which are ‘imperfect’ mimics of wasps is a consequence of a constraint on the perceptual or learning mechanisms of birds. Here we put forward a new theory of the evolution of ‘imperfect mimics’. We propose that the apparent imperfection should be regarded as either true ambiguity, in which the vertebrate predator has difficulty in interpreting the meaning of two equally probable… 
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