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Animal Camouflage
Mechanisms and Function

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Martin Stevens, Sami Merilaita, Innes C. Cuthill, Aron Székely, Hannah M. Rowland, Ariel Tankus, Yehezkel Yeshurun, Roy R. Behrens, Richard J. Webster, Alison Callahan, Jean-Guy J. Godin, Thomas N. Sherratt, Tom Troscianko, Christopher P. Benton, P. George Lovell, David J. Tolhurst, Zygmunt Pizlo, R. T. Hanlon, C. C. Chiao, L. M. Mäthger, K. C. Buresch, A. Barbosa, J. J. Allen, L. Siemann, C. Chubb, Sarah Zylinski, Daniel Osorio, Justin Marshall, Sönke Johnsen, Kristin Hultgren, John J. Stachowicz, Devi Stuart-Fox, Adnan Moussalli, Marc Théry, Teresita C. Insausti, Jérémy Defrize, Jérôme Casas, Kevin R. Abbott, Reuven Dukas, Tim Caro, Graeme D. Ruxton
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  • In the last decade, research on the previously dormant field of camouflage has advanced rapidly, with numerous studies challenging traditional concepts, investigating previously untested theories and incorporating a greater appreciation of the visual and cognitive systems of the observer. Using studies of both real animals and artificial systems, this book synthesises the current state of play in camouflage research and understanding. It introduces the different types of camouflage and how they work, including background matching, disruptive coloration and obliterative shading. It also demonstrates the methodologies used to study them and discusses how camouflage relates to other subjects, particularly with regard to what it can tell us about visual perception. The mixture of primary research and reviews shows students and researchers where the field currently stands and where exciting and important problems remain to be solved, illustrating how the study of camouflage is likely to progress in the future.

    • Synthesises the current state of play in camouflage research and understanding, providing a valuable resource for students and researchers
    • Multidisciplinary approach reflects the broad scope of the field, with contributors ranging from behavioural ecologists, to computer scientists, to art historians
    • Coverage of cutting-edge research gives an insight into the hot topics in this rapidly advancing field
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    "It is a very useful and often provocative overview on the wide range of phenomena that can be used for camouflage. In general, the broad overview on the functions and mechanisms of camouflage in various communication systems makes reading this book very enjoyable. A huge benefit of the book is that the limits of the current knowledge on various topics are clearly delineated. The identification of the current gaps in our knowledge as well as the various alternative hypotheses posed throughout the book allow students and researchers alike to identify suitable research topics... the entire book should be taken as a stimulus to uncover the many unknown and fascinating aspects of camouflage!"
    H. Martin Schaefer, Basic and Applied Ecology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781139119481
    • contains: 111 b/w illus. 12 tables
    • availability: Adobe Reader ebooks available from eBooks.com
  • Table of Contents

    1. Animal camouflage: an introduction Martin Stevens and Sami Merilaita
    2. Crypsis through background matching Sami Merilaita and Martin Stevens
    3. The concealment of body parts through coincident disruptive coloration Innes C. Cuthill and Aron Székely
    4. The history, theory and evidence for a cryptic function of countershading Hannah M. Rowland
    5. Camouflage breaking mathematical operator and countershading Ariel Tankus and Yehezkel Yeshurun
    6. Revisiting Abbott H. Thayer: non-scientific reflections about camouflage in art, war and zoology Roy R. Behrens
    7. Camouflage behaviour and body orientation on backgrounds containing directional patterns Richard J. Webster, Alison Callahan, Jean-Guy J. Godin and Thomas N. Sherratt
    8. Camouflage and visual perception Tom Troscianko, Christopher P. Benton, P. George Lovell, David J. Tolhurst and Zygmunt Pizlo
    9. Rapid adaptive camouflage in cephalopods R. T. Hanlon, C. C. Chiao, L. M. Mäthger, K. C. Buresch, A. Barbosa, J. J. Allen, L. Siemann and C. Chubb
    10. What can camouflage tell us about non-human visual perception? A case study of multiple cue use in the cuttlefish Sarah Zylinski and Daniel Osorio
    11. Camouflage in marine fish Justin Marshall and Sönke Johnsen
    12. Camouflage in decorator crabs: integrating ecological, behavioural and evolutionary approaches Kristin Hultgren and John J. Stachowicz
    13. Camouflage in colour changing animals: trade-offs and constraints Devi Stuart-Fox and Adnan Moussalli
    14. The multiple disguises of spiders Marc Théry, Teresita C. Insausti, Jérémy Defrize and Jérôme Casas
    15. Effects of animal camouflage on the evolution of live backgrounds Kevin R. Abbott and Reuven Dukas
    16. The functions of black and white colouration in mammals: review and synthesis Tim Caro
    17. Evidence for camouflage involving senses other than vision Graeme D. Ruxton
    Index.

  • Editors

    Martin Stevens, University of Cambridge
    Martin Stevens is a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow based in the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge. His research focuses on sensory ecology and behaviour and has covered bird colour vision, computational models of colour and spatial vision, anti-predator markings, brood parasitism and cuckoos and sexual signals and vision in primates.

    Sami Merilaita, Åbo Akademi University, Finland
    Sami Merilaita is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow in the Department of Biology, Åbo Akademi University, Finland. His research focuses on questions related to the evolution and function of animal colouration, especially with regard to prey concealment. He has also studied anti-predator signalling, factors influencing maintenance of colour polymorphism and sexual selection.

    Contributors

    Martin Stevens, Sami Merilaita, Innes C. Cuthill, Aron Székely, Hannah M. Rowland, Ariel Tankus, Yehezkel Yeshurun, Roy R. Behrens, Richard J. Webster, Alison Callahan, Jean-Guy J. Godin, Thomas N. Sherratt, Tom Troscianko, Christopher P. Benton, P. George Lovell, David J. Tolhurst, Zygmunt Pizlo, R. T. Hanlon, C. C. Chiao, L. M. Mäthger, K. C. Buresch, A. Barbosa, J. J. Allen, L. Siemann, C. Chubb, Sarah Zylinski, Daniel Osorio, Justin Marshall, Sönke Johnsen, Kristin Hultgren, John J. Stachowicz, Devi Stuart-Fox, Adnan Moussalli, Marc Théry, Teresita C. Insausti, Jérémy Defrize, Jérôme Casas, Kevin R. Abbott, Reuven Dukas, Tim Caro, Graeme D. Ruxton

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