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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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Aposematism and bioluminescence: Experimental evidence from glow-worm larvae (Coleoptera: Lampyridae).
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.
Aposematism and crypsis combined as a result of distance dependence: functional versatility of the colour pattern in the swallowtail butterfly larva.
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).