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warning coloration

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Definition of warning coloration in English:

noun

[mass noun] Zoology
Conspicuous colouring that warns a predator that an animal is unpalatable or poisonous.
Example sentences
  • Pyrazines are extremely volatile compounds and occur alongside warning coloration in insects from widely differing taxonomic groups.
  • All salamandrids have toxic skin secretions (some produce tetrodotoxins), and many have bright warning coloration that is used in defensive displays.
  • Aposematic coloration (conspicuous advertisement of a prey's unpleasant qualities) or warning coloration is found in a wide array of animals.

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