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Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead

by Martin Stevens

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Cheats and Deceits: How Animals and Plants Exploit and Mislead by Martin Stevens is a detailed yet accessible look at how predators and prey use trickery to improves their chances at capturing or evading capture. While some of these are fairly well known the explanations make each example interesting.

While the writing is not meant to be entertainment I found it to be quite engaging and combined with the subject matter made this an extremely enjoyable read. In addition to simply telling the reader what trick a given organism uses, like many books that touch on this subject, Stevens explains how this trait has evolved (in prey for example) and also how the predator may have also evolved in response to this. Perhaps to seek other prey, perhaps an ability to trick or deceive the initial prey. This is an ongoing evolutionary process and Stevens treats it as dynamic rather than static.

This book is definitely accessible to a general reader with an interest yet is also detailed enough to be of interest to professionals in any associated field. If, like me, your curiosity seems to be never ending, then you will find yourself looking up additional information about species that were unknown to you.

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  pomo58 | Jun 19, 2016 |
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In nature, trickery and deception are widespread. Animals and plants mimic other objects or species in the environment for protection, trick other species into rearing their young, lure prey to their death, and deceive potential mates for reproduction. Cuckoos lay eggs carefully matched to their host's own clutch. Harmless butterflies mimic the wing patterning of a poisonous butterfly to avoid being eaten. The deep-sea angler fish hangs a glowing, fleshy lure in front of its mouth to draw the attention of potential prey, while some male fish alter their appearance to look like females in order to sneak past rivals in mating. Some orchids develop the smell of female insects in order to attract pollinators, while carnivorous plants lure insects to their death with colourful displays.

In Cheats and Deceits, Martin Stevens describes the remarkable range of such adaptations in nature, and considers how they have evolved and increasingly been perfected as part of an arms race between predator and prey or host and parasite. He explores both classic and recent research of naturalists and biologists, showing how scientists find ways of testing the impact of particular behaviours and colourings on the animals it is meant to fool. Drawing on a wide range of examples, Stevens considers what deception tells us about the process of evolution and adaptation.

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Martin Stevens describes the remarkable range of deceptive adaptations in nature, and considers how they have evolved and increasingly been perfected as part of an arms race between predator and prey or host and parasite. He explores both classic and recent research of naturalists and biologists, showing how scientists find ways of testing the impact of particular behaviors and colorings on the animals it is meant to fool. Drawing on a wide range of examples, Stevens considers what deception tells us about the process of evolution and adaptation.… (more)

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