Kenelm Philip fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu
Sun Apr 12 05:48:47 EDT 1998

	Pierre le Roux said: "This would mean that the predators actually
determine mimicry!"

	Was this presented as being a new idea? It was my understanding
that no other explanation consistent with Darwinian ideas had ever
turned up, for either Muellerian or Batesian mimicry. Looking like
another species (either a distasteful one or an abundant tasty one) will
increase your survival by decreasing predation--so depends critically
on whether the predators can _perceive_ the resemblence.

	I would be interested (and might learn something?) to hear about
any alternative explanations for mimicry--especially any where the mimic
'chooses' to mimic the model (!), which seems to me unbelievable.  :-)
Or have I missed something here?

							Ken Philip
fnkwp at aurora.alaska.edu

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