cryptic coloration


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cryptic coloration

any coloration which conceals animals in their normal habitats by its resemblance to that of the surroundings (see CAMOUFLAGE).
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The morphology and behavior of the immature stages suggests a close relationship with Lasaia Bates, 1868 (see DeVries, 1997; and images in Janzen and Hallwachs, 2014); larvae of Lasaia have cryptic coloration while resting on branches, lateral setae directed ventrally, covering the head in front view, and some spatulate-tipped setae laterally and paired dorsally.
The rate of predation by wading birds on hatchling turtles is unknown, but may be mediated by the cryptic coloration and secretive nature of hatchling turtles.