Uncovering the effects of Müllerian mimicry on the evolution of conspicuousness in colour patterns

Ombeline Sculfort, Ludovic Maisonneuve, Marianne Elias, Thomas G. Aubier & Violaine Llaurens
Variation in the conspicuousness of colour patterns is observed within and among defended prey species. The evolution of conspicuous colour pattern in defended species can be strongly impaired because of increased detectability by predators. Nevertheless, such evolution of the colour pattern can be favoured if changes in conspicuousness result in Müllerian mimicry with other defended prey. Here, we develop a model describing the population dynamics of a conspicuous defended prey species, and we assess the...
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