Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society

Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society / 2005 / Article

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Volume 2005 |Article ID 253208 | https://doi.org/10.1155/DDNS.2005.87

Terence R. Blows, Barry J. Wimmer, "A simple mathematical model for Batesian mimicry", Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society, vol. 2005, Article ID 253208, 6 pages, 2005. https://doi.org/10.1155/DDNS.2005.87

A simple mathematical model for Batesian mimicry

Received24 Sep 2003


A simple mathematical model is presented for Batesian mimicry, which occurs when a harmless species (mimic) is morphologically similar to another species (model) that is noxious or distasteful to predators, thus gaining a measure of protection. Although mathematical models for species interaction, such as predator-prey or competition, are well known, there is no similar literature on mimicry. The mathematical model developed here is a one-dimensional iterated map which has the full range of dynamic behavior present in the logistic map, depending on the values of its parameters. The dynamics ranges from a stable fixed point and stable cycles through chaotic dynamics achieved through a sequence of period doubling bifurcations.

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