warning coloration

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warning coloration (aposematic coloration) The conspicuous markings of an animal that make it easily recognizable and warn would-be predators that it is a poisonous, foul-tasting, or dangerous species. For example, the yellow-and-black striped abdomen of the wasp warns of its sting. See also mimicry.

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warning coloration See aposematic coloration.

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warning coloration See APOSEMATIC COLORATION.