Workshops in Ecology and Behaviour: Prof. John Skelhorn

8 October 2019, 4.00 PM - 8 October 2019, 5.00 PM

Prof. John Skelhorn hosted by Dr. Karin Kjernsmo

Life Sciences Building, G13/14 Seminar Room

Unexpected benefits of masquerade

Organisms from a wide variety of taxa closely resemble innocuous, inedible items found in their local environment (e.g. twigs, stones and dead leaves). This phenomenon is known as masquerade, and causes would-be predators to mistake masquerading prey for the inedible items they resemble. However, the benefits of masquerade do not stop there! In this talk I will present data demonstrating that masquerade can confer a range of benefits, from enhancing the efficacy of other forms of antipredator defence through to providing animals with better access to prey. In doing this, I will highlight how the evolution of masquerade could generate selection for, what might initially appear to be, quite unrelated morphological and behavioural adaptations.

https://www.ncl.ac.uk/cbe/about/staff/profile/johnskelhorn.html#background

Everyone is welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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