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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Despite their relatively large size, cryptic coloration allows them to be easily concealed.
Apart from the spiders' cryptic coloration, the key adaptation to survival in the cover-free habitat seems utilization of underground space, i.
In the present study, clay models of the common garter snake were used to test for a difference in attack frequency between adult and juvenile striped and melanistic garter snakes; such difference may indicate a difference in cryptic coloration between the two morphs.
30), but no reversals from iridescent to cryptic coloration were observed.