CALL FOR PAPERS: Mimicry beyond natural selection on colour

Guest Editors

David Outomuro, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cincinnati, OH, USA
Bibiana Rojas, Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Theme & Objective

This collection aims to collate articles that investigate current and novel aspects of mimicry evolution. Mimicry—the resemblance of another species to obtain fitness benefits—is now understood as a complex multimodal signal that involves much more than just visual signals based on colour and pattern. Mimicry also extends to chemical and auditory signals as well as behaviours and locomotion. Moreover, mimicry signals can also have dual function when used as sexually selected traits. How these complex signals evolve in relation to the perceptual capabilities and biases and response(s) of conspecifics and potential predators requires further research.

We seek Research Articles, Perspectives, and Review Articles that highlight the importance of expanding our understanding of the phenomenon of mimicry in the context of multimodal signals and potential multiple receivers. We will consider submissions regarding any taxa in areas including, but not limited to, chemical mimicry, auditory mimicry, behavioural mimicry, the role of mimetic signals in sexual selection, predator perception biases and evolution of complex mimicry signals. We especially encourage research groups from underrepresented regions to submit their work in any of the proposed areas. Students and Early Career Researchers are also encouraged to submit their research.

All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed by a panel of experts.

Pre-submission enquiries to the editors are welcome.

Submission Details

  • Please follow the submission guidelines.
  • Please submit online via SNAPP and select article type “Topical Collection: Mimicry beyond natural selection on colour”.

About the Guest Editors

Dr. David Outomuro is a behavioural ecologist with interests in visual ecology and functional morphology of damselflies, dragonflies, butterflies and spiders. He is particularly interested in the study of colour signals, colour vision, motion signals, visual attention and predator behaviour. Dr. Outomuro uses an integrative, multidisciplinary approach, combining physiological, ecological and behavioural studies in the field and in the lab, with modeling and state-of-the-art statistical analyses. Dr. Outomuro research activities can be viewed here.

Dr. Bibiana Rojas is a behavioural and evolutionary ecologist whose research interests have largely focused on predator-prey interactions. She is particularly interested in the evolution of warning signals and chemical defences, which she studies both in the lab and in the field on species with complex life cycles, particularly poison frogs and tiger moths. In addition to this, her research group also studies parental care, larval aggression, and other aspects of amphibian behaviour and ecology. More information on Dr. Rojas’ group’s research can be viewed here.

Contact Information

Dr. David Outomuro
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH, USA

Dr. Bibiana Rojas
Department of Biological and Environmental Science
University of Jyväskylä

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