Meaning of Batesian mimicry

Bates'i•an mim'icry

Pronunciation: (bāt'sē-un), [key]
— Ecol. Ecol.
  1. the protective resemblance in appearance of a palatable or harmless species, as the viceroy butterfly, to an unpalatable or dangerous species, as the monarch butterfly, that is usually avoided by predators. Cf. Müllerian mimicry.
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