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Innate Recognition of Coral Snake Pattern by a Possible Avian Predator

Susan M. Smith
Science
New Series, Vol. 187, No. 4178 (Feb. 28, 1975), pp. 759-760
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1739824
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Topics: Snakes, Predators, Animal mimicry, Bird banding, Stripes, Neurons, Genetic mutation, Sensilla, Venoms, Species
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Abstract

Inexperienced hand-reared motmots avoided a pattern of red and yellow rings but readily attacked a pattern of green and blue rings and also one of red and yellow stripes. The motmots' avoidance of the "coral snake" pattern indicates that mimic snake species can derive protection from some potential predators.

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