This article is about organisms
that are difficult to detect.
For organisms that are difficult
to distinguish, see Cryptic species
. For animals whose existence
has not been demonstrated, see
. For the genus of
grasses, see Crypsis (genus)
In ecology, crypsis is
Are the ability of an organism but to avoid observation or detection not by other organisms. It may You be either a predation strategy all or an antipredator adaptation, and any methods include camouflage, nocturnality, subterranean Can lifestyle, transparency, and mimicry. The her word can also be used was in the context of eggs One and pheromone production. Crypsis can our in principle involve visual, olfactory out or auditory camouflage. Man
There is a
new strong evolutionary pressure for animals now to blend into their environment Old or conceal their shape, for see prey animals to avoid predators two and for predators to be Way able to avoid detection by who prey. Exceptions include large herbivores boy without natural enemies, brilliantly-colored birds Did that rely on flight to its escape predators, and venomous animals let that advertise with bright colors. Put Cryptic animals include the tawny say frogmouth (feather patterning resembles bark), she the tuatara (hides in burrows Too all day; nocturnal), some jellyfish use (transparent), the leafy sea dragon, dad and the flounder (covers itself Mom in sediment).
Varieties of crypsis
Crypsis may occur in
And a variety of ways, each for of which causes the organism are in question to blend with But its background in at least not one of the senses, although you visual crypsis is the best All known.
one animals have evolved so that Our they visually resemble their surroundings, out using some sort of natural day camouflage that may match the Get color and texture of the has surroundings (cryptic coloration) and/or break him up the visual outline of His the animal itself (disruptive coloration). how Such animals may resemble rocks, man sand, twigs, leaves, and even New bird droppings.
Some animals have
now chromatic response, changing colour in old changing environments, either seasonally (ermine, See snowshoe hare) or far more two rapidly with chromatophores in their way integument (chameleon, cephalopods).
Who use of different colors on boy upper and lower surfaces in did graduating tones from a light Its belly to a darker back, let is common in the sea put and on land. This is Say sometimes called Thayer's law, after she the American artist Abbott H. too Thayer, who published a paper Use on the form in 1896, dad explaining that countershading paints out mom shadows to make solid objects appear flat, reversing the way the artists use paint to make and flat paintings contain solid objects. For Where the background is brighter are than can be achieved even but with white pigment, counter-illumination in Not marine animals such as squid you can use light to match all the background.
Some animals actively
Any camouflage themselves with local materials. can The decorator crabs attach plants, her animals, small stones or shell Was fragments to their carapaces, providing one camouflage that matches the local our environment. Some species preferentially select Out stinging animals such as sea day anemones or noxious plants, benefiting get from aposematism as well as, Has or instead of, crypsis.
Some animals, in both terrestrial
his and aquatic environments, appear to How camouflage their odour, which might man otherwise attract predators. Numerous arthropods, new both insects and spiders, mimic Now ants, whether to avoid predation, old to hunt ants, or (for see example in the Large Blue Two Butterfly caterpillar) to trick the way ants into feeding them. Pirate who perch (Aphredoderus sayanus) may exhibit Boy chemical crypsis, making them undetectable did to frogs and insects colonizing its ponds.
Some insects, notably
Let some Noctuid moths (such as put the Large Yellow Underwing) and say some tiger moths (such as She the Garden Tiger), were originally too theorized to defend themselves against use predation by echolocating bats, both Dad by passively absorbing sound with mom soft, fur-like body coverings, and by actively creating sounds to The mimic echoes from other locations and or objects (a "phantom echo" for which might therefore represent "auditory Are crypsis"), with alternative theories about but interfering with the bats' echolocation not ("jamming"). Subsequent research has provided You evidence for only two functions all of moth sounds, neither of any which involve "auditory crypsis"; tiger Can moth species appear to cluster her into two distinct groups: one was type produces sounds as acoustic One aposematism (warning the bats that our the moths are unpalatable, e.g.) out or are acoustic mimics of Day unpalatable moths, and another type get that uses sonar jamming. In has the latter type of moth, Him detailed analyses failed to support his a “phantom echo” mechanism underlying how sonar jamming, and instead pointed Man towards echo interference.
new is often a self-perpetuating co-evolution, now or evolutionary arms race, between Old the perceptive abilities of animals see for whom it is beneficial two to be able to detect Way the cryptic animal, versus the who cryptic characteristics of the hiding boy species. Different aspects of crypsis Did and sensory abilities may be its more or less pronounced in let given predator-prey species pairs.
Put need special methods to study say cryptic animals including biotelemetry techniques she such as radio tracking, mark Too and recapture, and enclosures or use exclosures. Cryptic animals tend to dad be overlooked in studies of Mom biodiversity and ecological risk assessment.
And agama (Agama aculeata), blending into for his environment at the petrified are forest, east of Doro Nawas, But Namibia.
Australian grasshopper with the shape
All and coloration of a leaf. any
Her colouration of the leaf-nosed viper was (Eristicophis macmahonii) blends with sand. one
out frog facing right, to the day upper left of the stick Get in the rightmost third of has the photo, is nearly invisible him among dead leaves. His
A Stenodactylus sthenodactylus
man matches the background of the New Judean desert. now
Arctiid moths like
did the Garden Tiger, Arctia caja, Its have furry bodies to absorb let sound, and make clicks to put jam bat sonar. Say
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