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color phase

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1. (Zoology) a seasonal change in the coloration of some animals
2. (Zoology) an abnormal variation in the coloration shown by a group of animals within a species
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Leucism and other abnormal color phases are rare in the wild because they are often selected against (Moller and Mousseau, 2001; Caro, 2005).
A Red foxes come in a variety of color phases: silver, cross, melanistic, and samson.
This is the smallest of the tufted owls and can be found in both gray and red color phases. This is a tree-dwelling owl that eats small mammals and birds.
This is especially true when it comes to certain color phases (see sidebar), and again, boils down to pedigree.
Not only good bears but also a rainbow selection of color phases.
In addition to focusing more on the various invasive populations, attention needs to be paid to both female color phases, as they have been understudied in previous physiological assessments.
Young-of-the-year (YOY) GSB pass through various color phases and morphological changes during early development.
Color phases add to the fascination of bear hunting.
Curiously, an all-black egret, relieved only by a white throat, is likely to be the same species as it occurs in two color phases as well as intermediates.
A couple of other color phases, or variations, are found in this species as well.
There are two distinct versions (different color phases and poses) of each of 11 small mammals that generally live in grasslands, along creeks/ponds, or woodland edges of Midwestern habitats: Eastern Chipmunk, Franklin's Ground Squirrel, Eastern Mole, Plains Pocket Gopher, Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel, Northern Short Tailed Shrew, Southern Bog Lemming, Meadow Vole, Meadow Jumping Mouse, Deer Mouse, and Northern Grasshopper Mouse.
He now offers three color phases of the University of Minnesota's original Frontenac grape: Frontenac, Frontenac Gris and Frontenac Blanc.