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Mimicry, Aposematism lincomMimicry, aposematism and related phenomena

Mimetism in nature and the history of its study

Stanislav Komarek

LINCOM, München 2003

The book "Mimicry, aposematism and related phenomena mimetism in nature and the history of its study" presents the development of mimicry study from the Antique age up to the 90´s of the twentieth century in such detail as no other publication has so far. A whole spectrum of natural phenomena linked to resemblance is described, of which the most interesting and remarkable are displayed in 39 ink-drawings. The complete story of human interpretation of living organisms´ exterior appearance, always in relation with the mainstream idea flow of every individual epoch, is portrayed in great detail. The phenomenon of protective resemblance is also reflected from the philosophical point of view, especially in connection with the ideas of Adolf Portmann. The book is designed for biologists as well as humanities scholars interested in this topic and represents the first detailed work ever dealing with the problematics of mimicry also from the historical and interpretative viewpoint. Mimicry and related phenomena, as well as various pattern types and coloration in animals, represent the touchstone of every biological theory and form a hermeneutic problem of a distinctive nature. The book also contains a voluminous bibliography related to this topic; an entirely complete bibliography referring to more than 5000 items has already been published by the author in 1998 (Mimicry, aposematism and related phenomena in animals and plants bibliography 1800-1990, Prague, Vesmír) and also represents the most detailed work of its kind.

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Contents:

Introduction - Defining the scope of interest - Surface, interiority, similarity, and kinship. The time-period up to the year 1800 - The time-period from 1800-1860 - The time-period between 1859 and 1900. Darwinism and sociomorphic modeling - Sexual dimorphism and selection, exaggerated structures - Wallace's concept of adaptive coloration - Aposematism - Wallace's concept of mimicry - Müllerian mimicry - Mimicry rings. The time period from 1890 to 1953 (with a note on later development trends up to the nineties of the 20th century) . Teachings on mimicry and interpretations of the external appearance of organisms in England - Poulton, a classic of Darwinian interpretation - Hingston and his original conception of animal coloration - Poulton's coworkers and followers - Research and interpretation of mimetic phenomena and external appearance of organisms on the Continent - Eimer and the problem of animal color patterns - Linking color patterns and Portmann's concept - Piepers, Wasmann, Heikertinger, and other Continental authors - Mimicry in plants and fungi. Summary - Glossary - Bibliography - List of Illustrations - Name Index - Subject Index.

 

Mimicry, Aposematism and Related Phenomena

Mimicry, Aposematism

And Related Phenomena In Animals And Plants

Bibliography 1800-1990

Stanislav Komarek

Vesmir, Prague 1998

The largest bibliography ever produced on the subject of mimicry, aposematism and related phenomena. It contains a total of 5000 bibliographical entries, with information being given on each of them under the following five categories: the geographical region, genus or higher taxonomic group, type of mimicry, the model which is mimicked, and the type of work. The book is equipped with comprehensive indexes. The high degree of cross-referencing between the individual entries and the indexes ensures that the information you are looking for can be found quickly and easily. The publication is indispensable for any academic institution concerned with mimicry (Batesian, Muellerian, Peckhamian) and aposematism. It emphasizes the broader ecological and ethological context. Particular attention is devoted to predation and pollination, but works are also included dealing with eyespots, extreme examples of crypsis, false heads, etc. Ideal for finding relevant material quickly and easily. Also contains older, little-studied works which are nevertheless of a high standard and have a contribution to make to the field.

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Keywords

mimicry; Batesian; Muellerian; Peckhamian; aposematism; concealing; adaptive coloration; eye spot; false head; Mimetism

 



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