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An arrangement of scales, as on a fish or reptile.
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the arrangement or formation of scales on a reptile or fish
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(skeɪˈleɪ ʃən)

an arrangement of scales, as on a fish.
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Koi Carp, which originated in Japan, come in more than a dozen varieties and are distinguished by their colouring, patterning, and scalation. The Kohaku variety is a white-skinned koi, with large red markings on the top.
Finally, the population from "Cordillera de Los Altos" can be differentiated from the other species of this genus by subtle characters of coloration and scalation. Therefore, applying the general lineage species concept [57], we recognize the Phyllopezus population from the "Cordillera de Los Altos" as a separate species, described below.
Annable T (1985) Subcaudal scalation analysis of Pseudonaja textilis (Dumeril and Bibron) in the eastern Riverina region.
The representation of convolutional feature is more discriminative than the fully connected feature [24], and it is more sensitive to translation, rotation, and scalation [25].
The frontal scalation patter in some groups of toothcarps (Pisces, Cyprinodontiformes).
The three species are distinguished from each other based on head scalation, length, and distribution (Cogger 2014).
Table 1 lists features of scalation, including the number of ventral, subcaudal, labial and ocular scales, dorsal scale rows and definitions of measuring methods.
Furthermore, it is noteworthy to mention here that Coluber bholanathi and Coluber gracilis (Gunther, 1862), an allopatric congener, both share some scalation and coloration characters in common, except dorsal scale row count --19:19:12-15 (fide Gupta et al.
The head is pointed and dorsal scalation consists of a mixture of small flat scales and other enlarged keeled and tuberculated forming keels.