Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

The theory of aposematism as an adaptive explanation of conspicuous attributes in unprofitable prey is outlined before the selective conditions favouring aposematism are considered. Two componnets of aposematism, unprofitability and warning signal, are distinguished. Unprofitability may be favoured by individual selection or kin selection, whilst warning signals may be favoured by individual selection, kin selection, or synergistic selection (with the latter likely to be very important). The details of predator learning and memory can critically affect evolutionary pathways to aposematism. -from Author

Type

Journal article

Journal

Acta Oecologica

Publication Date

01/12/1990

Volume

11

Pages

835 - 841