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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.
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How to use aggressive mimicry in a sentence
Now this cuckoo is much like a hawk in appearance, so much so that it affords the stock example of aggressive mimicry among birds.Glimpses of Indian Birds|Douglas Dewar
In the cases of aggressive mimicry an animal resembles some object which is attractive to its prey.