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Overview[ edit ] There is a strong evolutionary pressure for animals to blend into their environment or conceal their shape, for prey animals to avoid predators and for predators to be able to avoid detection by prey.
Exceptions include large herbivores without natural enemies, brilliantly-colored birds that rely on flight to escape predators, and venomous or otherwise powerfully armed animals with warning coloration. Cryptic animals include the tawny frogmouth feather patterning resembles barkthe tuatara hides in burrows all day; nocturnalsome jellyfish transparentthe leafy sea dragonand the flounder covers itself in sediment.
List of camouflage methods Methods of crypsis include visual camouflage, nocturnalityand subterranean lifestyle.
Camouflage can be achieved by a wide variety Camouflage paper methodsfrom disruptive coloration to transparency and some forms of mimicryeven in habitats like the open sea where there is no background. Camouflage paper Camouflage allows animals like this disruptively-patterned spider to capture prey more easily.
Such animals may resemble rocks, sand, twigs, leaves, and even bird droppings mimesis. Other methods including transparency and silvering are widely used by marine animals. Countershadingthe use of different colors on upper and lower surfaces in graduating tones from a light belly to a darker back, is common in the sea and on land.
It is sometimes called Thayer's law, after the American artist Abbott Handerson Thayerwho published a paper on the form in that explained that countershading paints out shadows to make solid objects appear flat, reversing the way that artists use paint to make flat paintings contain solid objects.
Where the background is brighter than is possible even with white pigment, counter-illumination in marine animals, such as squid, can use light to match the background.
Some animals actively camouflage themselves with local materials. The decorator crabs attach plants, animals, small stones, or shell fragments to their carapaces to provide camouflage that matches the local environment. Some species preferentially select stinging animals such as sea anemones or noxious plants, benefiting from aposematism as well as or instead of crypsis.
The active strategy was described as a "phantom echo" that might therefore represent "auditory crypsis", with alternative theories about interfering with the bats' echolocation "jamming".
Tiger moth species appear to cluster into two distinct groups. One type produces sounds as acoustic aposematismwarning the bats that the moths are unpalatable,  or at least performing as acoustic mimics of unpalatable moths.
In the latter type of moth, detailed analyses failed to support a "phantom echo" mechanism underlying sonar jamming, but instead pointed towards echo interference.
Zoologists need special methods to study cryptic animals, including biotelemetry techniques such as radio trackingmark and recaptureand enclosures or exclosures.
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