Mimicry and deception in pollination.

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Outlines the nature of Mullerian mimicry, where there has been convergence of traits whereby plants mutually benefit by sharing the same advantages (in this case pollination), and examines more fully the nature and implications of Batesian mimicry, viz where a relatively rare species that provides no reward mimics flowers of a more abundant species that does reward a pollinator. Discussion centres on reproductive deception, in terms of both imitation of oviposition substrate and sexual deceit. -P.J.Jarvis

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-278
Number of pages20
JournalAnnual Review of Ecology and Systematics
StatePublished - 1984

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology


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