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How the zebra got its stripes - biting flies as selective agents in the evolution of zebra coloration



How the zebra got its stripes - biting flies as selective agents in the evolution of zebra coloration



Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa, 442: 351-358



Zebra stripes have traditionally been thought of as an adaptation against detection by vertebrate predators such as lions and hyaenas. A different hypothesis is suggested: that the stripes are an adaptation against visually orienting biting flies and act by obliterating the stimulus presented by a large dark form, which is important in host-finding by many Diptera.

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