Müllerian mimicry

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The similarity in appearance of one species of animal to that of another, where both are distasteful to predators. Both gain from having the same warning coloration, since predators learn to avoid both species after tasting either one or the other. The phenomenon is named after Fritz Müller who described it in relation to insects in S. America. Compare Batesian mimicry.

Subjects: Biological Sciences.

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