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Mimicry

mimicry

1. The act or practice of one who mimics; ludicrous imitation for sport or ridicule.

2. (Science: biology) protective resemblance; the resemblance which certain animals and plants exhibit to other animals and plants or to the natural objects among which they live, a characteristic which serves as their chief means of protection against enemies; imitation; mimesis; mimetism.


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Mimicry - Mertensian/Emsleyan

Recently I've been getting quite interested in mimicry and the different types. I understand that this is a bit of a niche question, so I'm not expecting many responses! In Mertensian/Emsleysn mimicry, both a harmful (usually deadly) and harmless ...

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by nicholasetew
Mon May 28, 2012 7:23 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Mimicry - Mertensian/Emsleyan
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Re: Camouflage in nature

... mirror image of a “moving” object. Again, I don’t mean that a particular object represents a particular goal, but if I observe a perfect level of mimicry today, I assume that after a certain level of accumulated qualities of a specific benchmark bug, a mimicking bug’s deviation to the right / ...

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by Nick7
Fri Dec 16, 2011 11:38 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Views: 13011

Re: Camouflage in nature

... here already), but was rather looking for clarification, because of my limited knowledge on the subject. I came to conclusion that creation of mimicry of a non-static object through the means of natural selection is next to impossible (I welcome anyone to challenge that). Trees seem to be static ...

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by Nick7
Mon Nov 14, 2011 8:37 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Views: 13011

Re: Camouflage in nature

... alter its qualities (or at least shouldn’t do it too fast) or one will not be able to reach a state of a perfect camouflage. Since camouflage and mimicry exist, what's the alternative?

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by Gavin
Sun Nov 13, 2011 3:31 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
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Views: 13011

Re: Camouflage in nature

... which nothing ever actually reaches. Survival of the fittest (greenest). Another factor, which will not apply to all examples of camouflage or mimicry, is the relative abilities of populations to change. With the bug example, we have three relevant populations - the bugs, the trees, and the ...

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by Gavin
Sat Nov 12, 2011 3:34 pm
 
Forum: Evolution
Topic: Camouflage in nature
Replies: 16
Views: 13011
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