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Batesian mimics influence mimicry ring evolution

Franks, D.W. and Noble, J. (2004) Batesian mimics influence mimicry ring evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society Series B, 271 (1535). pp. 191-196. ISSN 0962-8452

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Mathematical models of mimicry typically involve artificial prey species with fixed colorations or appearances; this enables a comparison of predation rates to demonstrate the level of protection a mimic might be afforded. Fruitful theoretical results have been produced using this method, but it is also useful to examine the possible evolutionary consequences of mimicry. To that end, we present individual-based evolutionary simulation models where prey colorations are free to evolve. We use the models to examine the effect of Batesian mimics on Mullerian mimics and mimicry rings. Results show that Batesian mimics can potentially incite Mullerian mimicry relationships and encourage mimicry ring convergence.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Biology (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2009 10:26
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2009 10:26
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2003.2582
Status: Published
Publisher: Royal Society, The
Identification Number: 10.1098/rspb.2003.2582
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7384

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