Batesian Mimicry Definition

A kind of mimicry in which one species, to make itself less vulnerable to a particular predator, imitates the structure and coloration of another species that is unpalatable, difficult to capture, etc.
Webster's New World
A form of protective mimicry, especially in insects, in which a species that is palatable or harmless closely resembles an unpalatable or harmful species and therefore is avoided by predators.
American Heritage Medicine

The resemblance of one or more non-poisonous species to a poisonous species, for example, the scarlet king snake and the coral snake.


Origin of Batesian Mimicry

  • After Henry Walter Bates (1825–1892), British naturalist

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Named for Henry Walter Bates

    From Wiktionary

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