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This kind of deception can happen at various levels. Mimicry (which you already mentioned), Camouflage, distractions, deceptions, display behaviors. These are not just for predation or avoiding predator but also for reproduction and avoid conflicts. There are many examples of this kind of behavior, I know few of them. All are not exactly reduction in size ...


In order to answer your question, two things must be demonstrated: First, we must demonstrate that the prey animal has perceived the predator. Second, we must demonstrate that the prey animal believes that it has perceived a small animal (which poses no threat). There are several ways that a predator might achieve these outcomes. The first way is to present ...

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