Batesian mimicry
the condition where a rare and harmless species (the mimic) closely resembles a common and distasteful species (the model) and thus escapes being eaten as it deceives a predator (the operator)

Dictionary of ichthyology. 2009.

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  • Batesian mimicry — is a form of mimicry typified by a situation where a harmless species has evolved to imitate the warning signals of a harmful species directed at a common predator. It is named after the English naturalist Henry Walter Bates, after his work in… …   Wikipedia

  • Batesian mimicry — [bāt′sē ən] n. a kind of mimicry in which one species, to make itself less vulnerable to a particular predator, imitates the structure and coloration of another species that is unpalatable, difficult to capture, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Batesian mimicry — /bayt see euhn/, Ecol. the protective resemblance in appearance of a palatable or harmless species, as the viceroy butterfly, to an unpalatable or dangerous species, as the monarch butterfly, that is usually avoided by predators. Cf. Müllerian… …   Universalium

  • Batesian mimicry — A form of deceptive mimicry in which a palatable species assumes the appearance of a species distasteful or poisonous to a predator; false warning color; allosematic color; pseudaposematic color; see Mullerian mimicry …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • Batesian mimicry — [ beɪtsɪən] noun Zoology mimicry in which an animal is protected by its resemblance to one avoided by predators. Origin C19: named after the English naturalist Henry W. Bates …   English new terms dictionary

  • Batesian mimicry — Bates′i•an mim′icry [[t]ˈbeɪt si ən[/t]] n. mimicry in which a species with poor defenses resembles another species that more successfully avoids predators • Etymology: after Henry Walter Bates (1825–92), English naturalist …   From formal English to slang

  • Batesian mimicry — noun the resemblance of one or more non poisonous species to a poisonous species, for example, the scarlet king snake and the coral snake …   Wiktionary

  • batesian mimicry — ˈbātsēən noun Usage: usually capitalized B Etymology: Henry Walter Bates died 1892 English naturalist + English ian zoology : resemblance of an innocuous species to another that is protected from predators by unpalatability or other qualities …   Useful english dictionary

  • Batesian мимикрия — * Batesian мімікрыя * Batesian mimicry форма мимикрии, при которой безвредные виды обеспечены защитой от врагов вследствие их сходства с ядовитыми или опасными видами …   Генетика. Энциклопедический словарь

  • Mimicry — For other uses, see Mimic (disambiguation). Plate from Henry Walter Bates (1862) illustrating Batesian mimicry between Dismorphia species (top row, third row) and various Ithomiini (Nymphalidae, second row, bottom row) In …   Wikipedia

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