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.
The cryptic coloration adopted by Paralabrax clathratus may function in both foraging and predator avoidance.
Generally, after the last molt males became much more conspicuous and easy to spot while female cryptic coloration remained unchanged.
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.
Many species are camouflaged and this, together with their shape, renders them almost invisible against the substrate or indistinguishable from certain invertebrates or even plants (cryptic coloration).