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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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Vagile benthos of a Late Pleistocene patch reef, Falmouth Formation, Jamaica.
The rivers of the Amazon Basin are important barriers to the distributions of terrestrial animals (Wallace 1852), even for relatively vagile taxa such as birds (Sick 1967, Haffer 1969).
insidiosus are highly vagile, and they rapidly invade pepper and eggplant fields to control the western flower thrips adults and larvae (Ramachandran et al.
The scallop Argopecten purpuratus is an infralittoral vagile species living on muddy sand bottoms.
Because birds perceive the landscape at a broader spatial scale than less vagile taxa, the issue of offsite influences on conservation outcomes within PAs appears both particularly relevant and easier to assess at the coarse spatial scale that we use.
A smaller Macadamia from a more vagile tribe: inference of phylogenetic relationships, divergence times, and diaspore evolution in Macadarnia and relatives (tribe Macadamieae; Proteaceae).
sierra, is a vagile neritic epipelagic species, which forms large schools and migrates seasonally for feeding and spawning.
Hence, if arid-land amphibians are more vagile than traditionally expected, we should detect a response to density of tanks at buffers >1 km.
It is interesting to note that two benthic groups, brachiopods and polychaetes, show reversed diversity patterns: a low-diversity brachiopod fauna is associated with a high-diversity scolecodont assemblage, suggesting that the bottom environments were indeed more suitable for vagile benthos than sessile filtrators.
These less vagile floral visitors might prove more effective as pollinators should gender determination prove to be more flexible or certain modes of bisexuality more common in Ailanthus than is normally reported.
Depth and seasonal distribution of some groups of vagile fauna of the Posidonia oceanica leaf substratum: structural and trophic analyses.