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aposematic

(ˌæpəsɪˈmætɪk)
adj
(Zoology) (of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) characterized by bright conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; warning
[C19: from apo- + Greek sēma sign]
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In this order, a large number of species use acoustic communications for aposematism.
Aposematism and bioluminescence: Experimental evidence from glow-worm larvae (Coleoptera: Lampyridae).
Since then numerous adaptive functions for animal colors have been described including camouflage, sexual signalling, thermoregulation and aposematism (Poulton 1890; Cott 1940).
These studies included investigations of the importance of prey size, habitat, distance from predators, mimicry, and aposematism (warning coloration) on the rate of predation on the model organisms.
From an ecological point of view, pigmentation has been proposed to play an important role in thermoregulation, resistance to desiccation, ultraviolet radiation and parasitism, crypsis, aposematism, mate choice and courtship behavior (Wittkopp et al.
Multiple, recurring origins of aposematism and diet specialization in poison frogs.
Aposematism evolves by individual selection: evidence from marine gastropods with pelagic larvae.
For example, among infrahumans, peak shift has been invoked as a mechanism underlying the evolution of aposematism (warning coloration) among prey (Gamberale & Tullberg, 1996; Gamberale-Stille & Tullberg, 1999; Leimar, Enquist, & Sillen-Tullberg, 1986), the sexual selection among birds for elaborately plumaged males (Weary, Guilford, & Weisman, 1993), and the preference for supernormal stimuli displayed by many species (Ghirlanda & Enquist, 1998, 1999, 2003; Staddon, 1975).
and Brown (2001) as a case of aposematism, notwithstanding the different
The paper, 'Do aposematism and Batesian mimicry require bright colours?