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 (văj′əl, -īl)
Able or tending to move from place to place or disperse: a vagile animal species.

[Latin vagus, wandering + -ile.]

va·gil·i·ty (və-jĭl′ĭ-tē, vă-) n.


(Zoology) able to move freely


(ˈvædʒ əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl)

adj. Biol.
able to move freely, as organisms.
[1885–90; < Latin vag(us) wandering]
va•gil•i•ty (vəˈdʒɪl ɪ ti) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vagile - having freedom to move about; "vagile aquatic animals"
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
sessile - permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about; "sessile marine animals and plants"
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Novel single nucleotide polymorphisms reveal genetic structure and viability selection in the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), a vagile raptor with a holarctic distribution.
This led to the realization that additional agents were needed, particularly vagile species capable of producing large populations rapidly and thereby able to thrive in the unstable circumstances associated with weed management activities.
Range extension is by natural flight dispersal, rather than any deliberate translocation, a tool sometimes used for less vagile species.
Drouin A, Archambault P, Clynick B, Richer K, McKindsey CW (2015) Influence of mussel aquaculture on the distribution of vagile benthic macrofauna in iles de la Madeleine, Eastern Canada.
Thus, studies of habitat selection are also informative to understanding the ecology of vagile species.
Eighty percent of the piercer taxa arrived on day 0, and these were highly vagile taxa such as corixids (plant-piercers) and naucorids (predator-piercers).
Geographic barriers to dispersal on Hispaniola are reflected in the gene pools among the most vagile vertebrates, such as the birds.
Vagile benthos of a Late Pleistocene patch reef, Falmouth Formation, Jamaica.
Likewise, army ants of the species Labidus praedator were only found in the wetland of Vereda D2, reflecting the availability of considerable amounts of invertebrate resources to sustain their vagile colonies.
The scallop Argopecten purpuratus is an infralittoral vagile species living on muddy sand bottoms.
However, it is known that young, benthic, vagile individuals are often found in higher concentrations on substrates with higher structural complexity, which can provide refuge for them (Moksnes & Heck, 2006; Webley et al.