cryptic coloration


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cryptic coloration

[′krip·tik kəl·ə′rā·shən]
(zoology)
A phenomenon of protective coloration by which an animal blends with the background through color matching or countershading.
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In this study, I used clay models of the common garter snake to test for a difference in attack frequency between adult and juvenile striped and melanistic garter snakes, which may indicate a difference in the level of cryptic coloration (hereafter, crypsis) between the two morphs.
Fall Mimicry: Cryptic colorations and mimicry of actual moth wings turns you into the ultimate cloaked predator-a "TREE-D" camouflage designed specifically for fall hunting in hardwoods or timber areas.