One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The mimicking or accentuation of some characteristic of one's own species as an adaptive response.
- ‘Another form of automimicry occurs when a signal coming from one part of the body is duplicated by another part.’
- ‘Some authors have suggested that enhanced human characteristics are also examples of automimicry.’
- ‘Now a researcher says he has found the first example of automimicry in plants: species that mimic their own thorns in an effort to look even less appealing to herbivores.’
- ‘The lantern fly's elongated head is an evolutionary adaptation called automimicry, in which parts of the body are disguised or artificially shifted to other areas to confuse predators: the lantern fly's head looks like a tail, and its tail looks like a head.’
- ‘When an animal mimics some part of it's own body, it's called automimicry.’
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