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Darwin Correspondence Project

DCP-LETT-8172

To Raphael Meldola   23 January [1872]1

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Summary

Discusses the problems of mimicry as related to natural selection; the general variability of colour as a character; and the conditions necessary for natural selection to fix firmly a character.

Encloses a Fritz Müller letter speculating that organisms respond to certain colours because of the prevalence of those colours in their environment.

Letter details

Letter no.
DCP-LETT-8172
From
Darwin, C. R.
To
Meldola, Raphael
Sent from
Down
Source of text
Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Hope Entomological Collections 1350)
Physical description
7pp

Summary

Discusses the problems of mimicry as related to natural selection; the general variability of colour as a character; and the conditions necessary for natural selection to fix firmly a character.

Encloses a Fritz Müller letter speculating that organisms respond to certain colours because of the prevalence of those colours in their environment.

Please cite as

Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 8172,” accessed on 30 May 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-8172

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