The effect of distastefulness of the model on the predation of artificial batesian mimics

@article{Goodale1977TheEO,
  title={The effect of distastefulness of the model on the predation of artificial batesian mimics},
  author={Melvyn A. Goodale and Ian Sneddon},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1977},
  volume={25},
  pages={660-665}
}
In experiments with wild birds in suburban gardens, it was found that the rate of predation on artificial Batesian mimics was a function of the level of distastefulness of the model . Birds which had eaten pastry pellets containing a high concentration of quinine dihydrochloride rejected more palatable pastries than did birds which had experienced only mildly distasteful models . Furthermore, experience with the more aversive models resulted in the rejection of mimetic pellets further away from… CONTINUE READING
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