Stimulus Salience as an Explanation for Imperfect Mimicry

  title={Stimulus Salience as an Explanation for Imperfect Mimicry},
  author={Baharan Kazemi and Gabriella Gamberale-Stille and Birgitta Sill{\'e}n Tullberg and Olof Leimar},
  journal={Current Biology},
UNLABELLED The theory of mimicry explains how a mimic species gains advantage by resembling a model species [1-3]. Selection for increased mimic-model similarity should then result in accurate mimicry, yet there are many surprising examples of poor mimicry in the natural world [4-8]. The existence of imperfect mimics remains a major unsolved conundrum. We propose and experimentally test a novel explanation of the phenomenon. We argue that predators perceive prey as having several traits, but… CONTINUE READING
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