Fright Posture of the Plesiopid Fish Calloplesiops altivelis: An Example of Batesian Mimicry

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Science  22 Jul 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4301, pp. 400-401
DOI: 10.1126/science.197.4301.400


When frightened by a predator, the plesiopid fish, Calloplesiops altivelis, adopts a posture and appearance that mimics the head of a noxious moray eel, Gymnothorax meleagris. Tests indicate that the mimicry is Batesian and not Müllerian. Unlike the strategy of other reef-fish prey species, which hide when threatened, the Calloplesiops's strategy is one of intimidation.