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- n. The ability of an organism to avoid observation
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Concealment. See extract.
- n. A term used in the discussions of the seventeenth century to designate Christ's possession of divine omnipotence and divine omniscience, with conscious restraint in the use of them.
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"crypsis," or the ability of an organism to blend into its surroundings (and thus avoid predation).
Another popular form of mimicry in plants and animals is crypsis, the art of concealment.
Aposematism is in contrast with crypsis, or those adaptations helping to conceal a prey item.
In animals, markings alone are not sufficient to effect crypsis as background matching behavior is also vital.
The offspring of the more cryptic (camouflaged) moths resemble their parents (heredity), so gradually the color of the population drifts toward more crypsis.
Several studies have shown that crypsis and mimicry confer a selective advantage against visual predators 2.
This conclusion is further strengthened by the existence of many gradations of stick- and leaf-like crypsis in living insects.
If an experiment is made to show crypsis has a selective advantage, it must be faulty or faked peppered moth anyone?
What Goldschmidt seems to imply is that “selection” is a direct result of “industrial chemicals” and not, in the words of Gould, “crypsis”.
Goldschmidt also elucidated the genetics of industrial melanism and proposed scenarios that sought the adaptive value of dark color not directly in crypsis against visual predators, but indirectly as the by-products of metabolic change that permitted the caterpillars to feed upon plants loaded with industrial chemicals.
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