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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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.
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).
Predator perception and the interrelation between different forms of protective coloration.
Of special note is mention of Abbott Handerson Thayer (1849-1921), a prominent American painter who promoted his speculative theories of biological camouflage in a scientific journal review titled The Law Which Underlies Protective Coloration.