Definition of Müllerian mimicry in English:

Müllerian mimicry

Line breaks: Mül¦ler|ian mim|ic¦ry
Pronunciation: /mʊˈlɪərɪən


[mass noun] Zoology
  • A form of mimicry in which two or more harmful or unpalatable animals develop similar appearances as a shared protective device.
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    • These sister species are sympatric across much of Central and Andean South America below 1500 m; both are unpalatable and warningly colored, and their speciation has been accompanied by a shift in Müllerian mimicry.
    • This is largely due to their bright wing-color patterns and Müllerian mimicry among species.
    • To measure natural selection generated by Müllerian mimicry, I exploited the unusual polymorphism of Heliconius cydno (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae).


late 19th century: named after Johann F. T. Müller (1821–97), German zoologist.

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