protective coloration


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protective coloration

n
(Zoology) the coloration of an animal that enables it to blend with its surroundings and therefore escape the attention of predators
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.protective coloration - coloration making an organism less visible or attractive to predators
coloration, colouration - appearance with regard to color; "her healthy coloration"
aposematic coloration, warning coloration - conspicuous coloration or markings of an animal serving to warn off predators; "a skunk's aposematic coloration"
apatetic coloration - coloring serving as natural camouflage
cryptic coloration - coloring that conceals or disguises an animal's shape
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
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Predator perception and the interrelation between different forms of protective coloration. Proc.
American naturalist and artist Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921), sometimes referred to as the father of camouflage because of his pioneering research on protective coloration in nature, laid out basic principles: the color of a camouflaged object must match its background.
Robinson questions not the method of science "but the methods of a kind of argument that claims the authority of science or highly specialized knowledge, that assumes a protective coloration that allows it to pass for science yet does not practice the self-discipline or self-criticism for which science is distinguished" (2).
Again pushing against an assimilation model, Randall insists that "Huguenots pursued a strategy of protective coloration designed to prevent a repeat of the Camisard experience" (63), which allowed for the persistence of "a unified core of ideologies and modes of operating in the world, a French Protestant mentalite derived from Huguenot and Camisard experience" (68).