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warning coloration

bright colors or patterns indicating that an organism is dangerous or unpalatable. Predators can learn from a single encounter to avoid other organisms with similar markings. Examples include the black and white coloration of skunks; the yellow and black markings of many stinging insects; and the red, yellow, and black bands of a coral snake. Also called aposematic coloration. See Batesian mimicry.

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June 18th 2024



n. an implicit memory phenomenon in which people mistakenly believe that a current thought or idea is a product of their own creation when, in fact, they have encountered it previously and then forgotten it. Cryptomnesia can occur in any creative enterprise, as for example when an investigator develops a research idea that he or she believes is original whereas in actuality it can be documented that he or she saw or heard the idea at some earlier point in time. Also called inadvertent plagiarism; unconscious plagiarism.