aposematic coloration

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Warning coloration in which conspicuous markings on an animal serve to discourage potential predators. Usually the animal is poisonous (e.g. has a venomous bite or sting) or unpalatable. Examples include the conspicuous bands or stripes on the back and sides of venomous snakes (e.g. coral snakes), and contrasting markings on the wings of distasteful monarch butterflies.

Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — Zoology and Animal Sciences.

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