aposematic coloration

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Noun1.aposematic coloration - conspicuous coloration or markings of an animal serving to warn off predatorsaposematic coloration - conspicuous coloration or markings of an animal serving to warn off predators; "a skunk's aposematic coloration"
protective coloration - coloration making an organism less visible or attractive to predators
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However, the juvenile stage, known as the red eft, is terrestrial and contains roughly ten times higher concentrations of TTX that correspond to their bright orange aposematic coloration ([9, 11]; but see [12,13]).
versicolor specimens could take some advantage from the possible aposematic coloration of L.
Although these data cannot be extrapolated to other groups of opistho-branchs, and some of the most conspicuously colored groups (such as chromodorid nudibranchs) could have achieved rapid diversification because of aposematic coloration defense strategies (Johnson and Gosliner, 2012), the present paper points out the need for caution in making broad generali7ations about the biological and evolutionary role of color in opisthobranchs and other marine organisms.
Experimental support for aposematic coloration in the salamander Ensatina eschscholtziixanthoptica: implication for mimicry of Pacific newts.
Predation has been important in the evolution of many amphibian characteristics, such as toxic and distasteful skin secretions, cryptic and aposematic coloration, and a variety of defensive postures and behaviors (WELLS, 2007; VITT & CALDWELL, 2009).
Evolutionary stability of aposematic coloration and prey unprofitability: A theoretical analysis.