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Aposematism and mimicry

Conspicuous colors are often used by prey to advertise their toxicity to predators. Some species have evolved similar color patterns to toxic prey, capitalizing on the tendency for predators to learn to avoid conspicuously signaling toxic prey. Mimicry can extend to behavioural and acoustic mimicry, while aposematic coloration can evolve secondary functions in signaling to competitors and potential mates. In this virtual issue we explore the rich behavioral ecology of aposematism and mimicry.

Invited Review

Learning about aposematic prey
Skelhorn, J., C. G. Halpin and C. Rowe (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 955-964

Invited Commentaries

State-dependent optimization: a comment on Skelhorn et al.
Sherratt, T. N. (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 965

When to attack defended prey? A comment on Skelhorn et al.
Stevens, M. (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 966

Broadening the angle of view on aposematism: a comment on Skelhorn et al.
Merilaita, S. (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 966-967

OFT reloaded? A comment on Skelhorn et al.

Cuthill, I. C. (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 967-968 

What do predators do? A response to comments on Skelhorn et al.
Skelhorn, J., C. G. Halpin and C. Rowe (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 968

Original Articles

Importance of internal pattern contrast and contrast against the background in aposematic signals
Aronsson, M. and G. Gamberale-Stille (2016) Behavioral Ecology 20(6): 1356-1362

State-dependent decision making: educated predators strategically trade off the costs and benefits of consuming aposematic prey
Barnett, C., M. Bateson and C. Rowe (2009) Behavioral Ecology 18(4): 645-651

Aposematic signals in North American black widows are more conspicuous to predators than to prey
Brandley, N., M. Johnson and S. Johnsen (2007) Behavioral Ecology 27(4): 1104-1112

The role of avoidance learning in an aggressive mimicry system
Cheney, K. L. (2008) Behavioral Ecology 19(3): 583-588

A multifunctional warning signal behaves as an agonistic status signal in a poison frog
Crothers, L. R. and M. E. Cummings (2015) Behavioral Ecology 26(2): 560-568

Glow-worm larvae bioluminescence (Coleoptera: Lampyridae) operates as an aposematic signal upon toads (Bufo bufo)
De Cock, R. and E. Matthysen (2003) Behavioral Ecology 14(1): 103-108

Hidden in plain orange: aposematic coloration is cryptic to a colorblind insect predator
Fabricant, S. A. and M. E. Herberstein (2015) Behavioral Ecology 26(1): 38-44

Benefit by contrast: an experiment with live aposematic prey
Gamberale-Stille, G. (2001) Behavioral Ecology 12(6): 768-772

Responses of domestic chicks (Gallus gallus domesticus) to multimodal aposematic signals
Hauglund, K., S. B. Hagen and H. M. Lampe (2006) Behavioral Ecology 17(3): 392-398

"Parasite-induced aposematism” protects entomopathogenic nematode parasites against invertebrate enemies
 Jones, R. S., A. Fenton and M. P. Speed (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(2): 645-651

An empirical test of 2-dimensional signal detection theory applied to Batesian mimicry
Kikuchi, D. W., G. Malick, R. J. Webster, E. Whissell and T. N. Sherratt (2015) Behavioral Ecology 26(4): 1226-1235

Selection for multicomponent mimicry: equal feature salience and variation in preferred traits
Kikuchi, D. W., J. Mappes, T. N. Sherratt and J. K. Valkonen (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(5): 1515-1521

Rufous-tailed jacamars and aposematic butterflies: do older birds attack novel prey?
Langham, G. M. (2006) Behavioral Ecology 17(2): 285-290

Direction and strength of selection by predators for the color of the aposematic wood tiger moth
Lindstedt, C., H. Eager, E. Ihalainen, A. Kahilainen, M. Stevens and J. Mappes (2011) Behavioral Ecology 22(3): 580-587

Effects of novelty and gregariousness in survival of aposematic prey Mappes, J. and R. V. Alatalo (1997) Behavioral Ecology 8(2): 174-177

A bee or not a bee: an experimental test of acoustic mimicry by hoverflies
Moore, C. D. and C. Hassall (2016) Behavioral Ecology DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arw107

Do crab spiders perceive Batesian mimicry in hoverflies?
Morris, R. L. and T. Reader (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(3): 920-931

Locomotory mimicry in ant-like spiders
Nelson, X. J. and A. Card (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(3): 700-707

Aposematic coloration, luminance contrast, and the benefits of conspicuousness
Prudic, K. L., A. K. Skemp and D. R. Papaj (2007) Behavioral Ecology 18(1): 41-46

A tale of 2 signals: signal mimicry between aposematic species enhances predator avoidance learning
Rowland, H. M., T. Hoogesteger, G. D. Ruxton, M. P. Speed and J. Mappes (2010) Behavioral Ecology 21(4): 851-860

The evolution of imperfect mimicry
Sherratt, T. N. (2002) Behavioral Ecology 13(6): 821-826

The position of eyespots and thickened segments influence their protective value to caterpillars
Skelhorn, J., G. Dorrington, T. J. Hossie and T. N. Sherratt (2014) Behavioral Ecology 25(6): 1417-1422

Jumping spiders attend to context during learned avoidance of aposematic prey
Skow, C. D. and E. M. Jakob (2006) Behavioral Ecology 17(1): 34-40

The benefits of being toxic to deter predators depends on prey body size
Smith, K. E., C. G. Halpin and C. Rowe (2016) Behavioral Ecology DOI: 10.1093/beheco/arw086

Flexible color learning in an invertebrate predator: Habronattus jumping spiders can learn to prefer or avoid red during foraging
Taylor, L. A., Z. Amin, E. B. Maier, K. J. Byrne and N. I. Morehouse (2016) Behavioral Ecology 27(2): 520-529
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