alexa Color-morphing reef fish is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

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Color-morphing reef fish is a ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’

A new study has shown that the dottyback, a small predatory reef fish, can change the color of its body to imitate a variety of other reef fish species, allowing the dottyback to sneak up undetected and eat their young. The dottyback also uses its colour-changing abilities to hide from larger predators by colour-matching to the background of its habitat disappearing into the scenery. While using mimicry to hunt or hide from other species is commonplace in nature from cuckoos to butterflies scientists point out that if the same physical deception is encountered too frequently, species on the receiving end become more vigilant and develop tactics to mitigate the mimics. The dottyback, however, is able to colour-morph depending on the particular colour of the surrounding species it is currently hunting: different types of damselfish being a popular target.

 
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