aggressive mimicry

[ə-grĕsĭv]

A form of mimicry in which a predator (the mimic) closely resembles another organism (the model) that is attractive to a third organism (the dupe) on which the mimic preys. The anglerfish is an example of aggressive mimicry, having a modified dorsal spine that mimics a worm or small shrimp and serves as a lure to attract its prey. Compare Batesian mimicry Müllerian mimicry.

Nearby words

  1. aggregatory,
  2. aggress,
  3. aggression,
  4. aggressive,
  5. aggressive infantile fibromatosis,
  6. aggressively,
  7. aggressivity,
  8. aggressor,
  9. aggrieve,
  10. aggrieved

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