protective coloration


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protective coloration

any patterning or camouflage that helps an organism blend into its background and thus gives it protection from predators.
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Small wonder that anyone who sought intimacy with the man was put off by his curiously detached mien and his gift for shifting protective coloration.
Instead, the defensive squeaks may serve as a warning that the moth is distasteful--an audible version of the protective coloration of some bitter-tasting butterflies and poison frogs.
While protective coloration is well known among animals that rely on blending in with their environs, such adaptations aren't often noticed in the plant world.
Like Taguieff, Schoenfeld shows how anti-Semites have taken on the slogan of"anti-Zionism" as a sort of protective coloration.