Workshops in Ecology and Behaviour: Prof. John Skelhorn
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.
Everyone is welcome to attend, and we particularly encourage undergraduate and postgraduate students.