Mimicry


This term refers to the protection strategy that some living beings have where they modify their appearance to resemble another animal or the environment that surrounds them; In this change of appearance, the smell, color and even the sound it emits can be modified to camouflage itself depending on where it is, an animal that is constantly aware of mimicry is the chameleon.

The living being capable of imitating or imitating the conditions of the place where it is, mostly makes these changes in accordance with the beings of other species that surround it.

According to its function, mimicry is indicated as a defensive imitation, although not a form of attack that avoids being recognized by those organisms that are detrimental to its life.

Within the mimicry there are some subdivisions, one of them is aposematism, which is when an animal that is harmless adopts the characteristics of others that have more defenses, with this they avoid being attacked. Also self-mimicry is that it is when an animal in its body adopts less vulnerable parts of it when if they are attacked by a predator it will be much easier to get away from it.

There is also Batasian mimicry, which is when a harmless species resembles a more dangerous one to avoid any attack. Mullerian mimicry is when they coincide with the factor of another species that makes them repel predators, in this case it may be the effect of giving their attacker a bad taste.

A security system that does not have mimicry at its base is that of poisonous or distasteful animals. They usually warn predators with bright colors, usually the combination of black with another color, like the ladybug, the scorpionfish and breastfish, among others.

Some fish have taken on the color of the environment in which they live. Others, however, adapt, in a few minutes, to the color of the environment in which they are placed. This is the case of the flounder, capable of putting its skin on black and white squares if it is placed on a chessboard.