### Abstract

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.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 87-92 |

Number of pages | 6 |

Journal | Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society |

Volume | 2005 |

Issue number | 1 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - Jan 12 2005 |

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Modeling and Simulation

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*Discrete Dynamics in Nature and Society*,

*2005*(1), 87-92. https://doi.org/10.1155/DDNS.2005.87