Discovery Projects - Grant ID: DP170101617 [ 2017 - 2023 ]

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Researchers Prof Gerasimos Cassis; Prof Marie Herberstein; Dr Gonzalo Giribet; Dr Mike Speed

Brief description This project aims to resolve why some mimics resemble their models closely, whereas others are only superficially similar. The existence of imperfect mimics makes understanding the biology of mimicry difficult. This project addresses the difficulty by evaluating competing hypotheses. It will combine morphometrics, colourmetrics and phylogenomics with predator behaviour across several independent lineages of mimetic arthropods. Predicted outcomes include advancing the understanding of mimicry by distinguishing between competing hypotheses. The project will generate open access genomic, morphological and behavioural databases for the scientific and public communities.

Funding Amount $324,500

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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