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Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution$
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Martin Stevens

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199601776

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601776.001.0001

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Deception, Mimicry, and Sensory Exploitation

Deception, Mimicry, and Sensory Exploitation

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(p.120) Chapter 8 Deception, Mimicry, and Sensory Exploitation
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Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution
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Martin Stevens

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199601776.003.0008

Many signals in nature are dishonest, including various forms of mimicry. This can involve organisms exploiting the communication systems of other species in order to deceive an animal into mistaking it for something else, or exploiting pre-existing biases in the sensory systems of animals to manipulate the receiver’s response. This chapter discusses how sensory exploration and mimicry is widely found in mating signals and communication systems, such as those of brood parasites, predators and prey, and pollination systems; and how sensory exploitation and biases can lead to exaggerations in signal form (supernormal stimuli) and a wide range of complex interactions between organisms, and the evolutionary implications of this.

Keywords:   mimicry, sensory exploitation, sensory bias, supernormal stimuli, manipulation, signals

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