The evolution of conspicuous coloration: Some experiments in bad taste

@article{Gittleman1980TheEO,
  title={The evolution of conspicuous coloration: Some experiments in bad taste},
  author={John L. Gittleman and P. H. Harvey and Paul J. Greenwood},
  journal={Animal Behaviour},
  year={1980},
  volume={28},
  pages={897-899}
}
Unpalatable species are often brightly coloured. Such aposematic coloration may have evolved because predators can learn to avoid conspicuous prey more readily than cryptic prey. Experiments on young male chicks are described and the results are consistent with this hypothesis. Many unpalatable species, particularly among the insects, are brightly coloured (Edmunds 1974). As with distastefulness (Fisher 1930), such aposematic coloration probably evolved through kin selection (Turner 1975… CONTINUE READING

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