aposematism (plural aposematisms)
- (biology) An adaptation that warns off potential predators; especially as a warning colouration
- 2015 June, Lina María Arenas, Dominic Walter & Martin Stevens, “Signal honesty and predation risk among a closely related group of aposematic species”, in nature.com:
- This could in turn make aposematism evolutionarily stable, as opposed to a constant arms race between toxicity, coloration and predator perception or toxic resistance
- 1990, Mary K. Wicksten, Texas A & M University. Sea Grant College Program, American Society of Zoologists, Adaptive coloration in invertebrates: proceedings of a symposium sponsored by the American Society of Zoologists, USA: Texas A&M Sea Grant College Program, page 129:
- The co-occurrence of conspicuous coloration and noxious characteristics in many coastal marine species suggests that aposematism is a common predator deterrent in the marine environment.