cryptic behavior

cryptic behavior

[′krip·tik bə′hāv·yər]
(zoology)
A behavior pattern that maximizes an organism's ability to conceal itself.
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They were here 25 years ago, but in very low numbers and it was difficult to find one because of their cryptic behavior," Krysko said.
This is likely the result of deVos (1990) relying on bi-monthly aerial surveys to observe neonates and incorrectly classifying ages of fawns, or not seeing fawns due to their cryptic behavior the first few weeks of life (Kitchen, 1974; Autenrieth and Fichter, 1975).
Primary defense consists of cryptic behaviors that reduce the probability of detection or recognition by predators.