Mimicry is the act and the result of mimicking or mimicking . East verb (mimicry), meanwhile, refers to copy something from another or to adopt the appearance of creatures or elements of the environment .
He concept it is used with reference to the property of certain species of plants and animals that are capable of modify your appearance to resemble other beings . Mimicry allows them to achieve certain advantages over other specimens that live with them.
This capacity, therefore, aims to produce a scam . The others animals , when they see a mimetized specimen, they confuse it.
There are different kinds of mimicry. He Müllerian mimicry , described by Fritz Müller in 1878 , is one that develops two or more species dangerous that, sharing predators, mimic warning signs.
He Batesian mimicry , on the other hand, is developed by a species that copies the traits of another that has greater defensive resources. Thus imitates stingers or spines, by example , so that the predators, when observing it, give up attacking it. The expert who detailed how this mimicry works was Henry Walter Bates .
He automatism , meanwhile, is to make a part of the body blend in with another more vulnerable sector. In this way, the predator encounters two apparently identical regions to attack, which allows the animal that appeals to mimicry to increase their chances of survival and escape.
It should be noted that, although mimicry is usually associated with camouflage , both strategies are not exactly the same. Camouflage is based on the imitation of the environment in general, while mimicry aims to resemble other beings in that environment.