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How Anisomorpha got its stripes?

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2000
Authors:P. Hoskisson
Journal:Phasmid Studies
Start Page:33
Date Published:12/2000
Keywords:Anisomorpha, Aposematism, Density-dependence, Evolution, mate protection, Phasmida, Schistocerca

The significance of the colour pattern in the phasmid genus Anisomorpha is discussed in relation to recent hypotheses on the evolution of density dependant aposematism in the desert locust. The biology of Anisomorpha species offers several alternative explanations of coloration in these species, such as true aposematism, regarding defensive spray; aposematism as the result of feeding behaviour; and density dependant aposematism.

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