Poison Frog Uses Less Toxic Look To Survive, Study Finds

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: March 8, 2006   View Article

Many animals avoid being eaten by copying the appearance of their poisonous neighbors. But when it comes to deciding whose looks to mimic, an Amazonian poison frog is teaching biologists a new lesson about this evolutionary trick.

Instead of copying its most poisonous and numerous neighbors, a nontoxic species of poison frog in Ecuador has been found to get better protection from predators by looking like a less abundant frog that packs a less toxic punch.

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