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molt

(mōlt),
To cast off feathers, hair, or cuticle; to undergo ecdysis.
See also: desquamate.
Synonym(s): moult
[L. muto, to change]

molt

(mōlt)
v. molted, molting, molts
v.intr.
To shed part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth.
v.tr.
To shed or cast off (a bodily covering).
n.
1. The act or process of molting.
2. The material cast off during molting.

molt′er n.

molt

(mōlt)
To cast off feathers, hair, or cuticle; to undergo ecdysis.
[L. muto, to change]

molt

the physiological shedding of the integument, usually annual, and at the beginning of the breeding season, including the shedding of the skin by reptiles, of hair by many species, and of feathers by birds; the phenomenon is gradual, has severe metabolic overtones and leaves the bird flightless and off lay for several weeks. It is assumed to be related to hormonal changes related to changes in the length of daylight hours.
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2002), which makes it surprising that these individuals molted at all given the wide migratory range and aggressive nature of the blue crab.
05) lower in non-molted males as compared to molted males, respectively.
The male and all female eiders molted within 50 km of their breeding area.
Twenty-one percent (28) of lobsters tagged in the premolt stage that molted had a misaligned tag (pulled to one side).
Female crabs 11, 13, and 14 (70-83 mm CW) were assumed to be age 2 in June 1997, and had molted twice (105-118 mm CW) by age 3 the following June.
This study showed that breeding performance of greater snow geese nesting on Bylot Island had a strong influence on migratory patterns of this population: the majority of successful nesters molted on the island, whereas most non-breeding and failed-nesting birds left the island to molt elsewhere.
We studied the development of the eyes by viewing the postmolt animals and molted carapaces with a Nikon SMZ-2T dissecting microscope.
Measurements were carried out on the anterior dorsal shells of molted lobsters that were injected with peanut oil (control group) or compound 3 (experimental group).
Distance sex pheromones are secreted in water by premolt female-role EP shrimp, whereas contact sex pheromones are coated on the body of newly molted EP shrimp and are not water soluble (Zhang & Lin 2006).
One might expect that a newly molted animal would have difficulty doing much of anything until the exoskeleton hardens.
Larger crabs molted to morphometric maturity in a greater proportion with no influence of ration or temperature.