aposematic


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aposematic

[¦ap·ə·sə¦mad·ik]
(ecology)
Pertaining to colors or structures on an organism that provide a special means of defense against enemies. Also known as sematic.
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Defensive chemistr y of an aposematic bug, Pachycoris stallii Uhler and volatile compounds of its host plant Croton californicus Muell.
Another survival advantage to depositing eggs in large clusters is that aggregation of larvae increases advertisement of their toxic nature by multiplying the effect of the larval aposematic coloring (Stamp 1980; Bowers 1993; Osborn & Jaffe 1998).
Evidence for peak-shift in predator generalization among aposematic prey.
They estimated that about 50% of opisthobranch species are aposematic, whereas the rest use other color-related defensive strategies such as camouflage.
Evidence for the hight importance of signal size over body size in aposematic signaling in insects.
Aposematic insects as 6-legged fruits: incidental short circuiting of their defense by frugivorous birds.
Predation has been important in the evolution of many amphibian characteristics, such as toxic and distasteful skin secretions, cryptic and aposematic coloration, and a variety of defensive postures and behaviors (WELLS, 2007; VITT & CALDWELL, 2009).
While diurnal velvet ants have conspicuous aposematic color patterns, such as those in the genus Dasymutilla, nocturnal species are small and inconspicuous.
1999: Development of colour in an aposematic ladybird beetle: the role of environmental conditions.
Orange has been suggested to be an aposematic warning color in the larvae of some marine organisms (e.