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Animal camouflage : mechanisms and function

Author: Martin Stevens; Sami Merilaita
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2011
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In the last decade, research on the previously dormant field of camouflage has advanced rapidly, with numerous studies challenging traditional concepts, investigating previously untested theories and incorporating a greater appreciation of the visual and cognitive systems of the observer. Using studies of both real animals and artificial systems, this book synthesises the current state of play in camouflage research  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Stevens; Sami Merilaita
ISBN: 9780521199117 0521199115 9780521152570 0521152577
OCLC Number: 768493234
Description: xii, 357 s. : ill
Contents: Machine generated contents note: 1. Animal camouflage: an introduction / Martin Stevens and Sami Merilaita; 2. Crypsis through background matching / Sami Merilaita and Martin Stevens; 3. The concealment of body parts through coincident disruptive coloration / Innes C. Cuthill and Aron Székely; 4. The history, theory and evidence for a cryptic function of countershading / Hannah M. Rowland; 5. Camouflage breaking mathematical operator and countershading / Ariel Tankus and Yehezkel Yeshurun; 6. Revisiting Abbott H. Thayer : non-scientific reflections about camouflage in art, war and zoology / Roy R. Behrens; 7. Camouflage behaviour and body orientation on backgrounds containing directional patterns / Richard J. Webster, Alison Callahan, Jean-Guy J. Godin and Thomas N. Sherratt; 8. Camouflage and visual perception / Tom Troscianko, Christopher P. Benton, P. George Lovell, David J. Tolhurst and Zygmunt Pizlo; 9. Rapid adaptive camouflage in cephalopods / R.T. Hanlon, C.C. Chiao, L.M. Mäthger, K.C. Buresch, A. Barbosa, J.J. Allen, L. Siemann and C. Chubb; 10. What can camouflage tell us about non-human visual perception? A case study of multiple cue use in the cuttlefish / Sarah Zylinski and Daniel Osorio; 11. Camouflage in marine fish / Justin Marshall and Sönke Johnsen; 12. Camouflage in decorator crabs: integrating ecological, behavioural and evolutionary approaches / Kristin Hultgren and John J. Stachowicz; 13. Camouflage in colour changing animals: trade-offs and constraints / Devi Stuart-Fox and Adnan Moussalli; 14. The multiple disguises of spiders / Marc Théry, Teresita C. Insausti, Jérémy Defrize and Jérôme Casas; 15. Effects of animal camouflage on the evolution of live backgrounds / Kevin R. Abbott and Reuven Dukas; 16. The functions of black and white colouration in mammals: review and synthesis / Tim Caro; 17. Evidence for camouflage involving senses other than vision / Graeme D. Ruxton; Index
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Using studies of real animals and artificial systems, this book synthesises the current state of play in camouflage research and understanding. Primary research and up-to-date reviews introduce the  Read more...

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'... the broad overview on the functions and mechanisms of camouflage in various communication systems makes reading this book very enjoyable.' H. Martin Schaefer, Basic and Applied Ecology "It is a Read more...

 
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