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adj. Zoology
Characterized by or used for climbing: scansorial birds.

[From Latin scānsōrius, from scānsus, past participle of scandere, to climb; see skand- in Indo-European roots.]


(Zoology) zoology specialized for, characterized by, or relating to climbing: a scansorial bird.
[C19: from Latin scānsōrius, from scandere to climb]
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dorsalis, a terrestrial species, which appears scansorial in the montane zone.
oyapocki with those of other similar-sized rodents, we selected vouchered animals (list of specimens available from senior author ) collected in French Guiana for one scansorial (Hylaeamys megacephalus), one terrestrial (Zygodontomys brevicauda), and two arboreal (Oecomys auyantepui and Rhipidomys nitela) cricetid rodents.
As summarized by Koprowski (1994), gray squirrels are medium sized (300-700 g) scansorial mammals with relatively long maximum lifespans (12 years in females, 9 years in males) compared to other comparably sized mammalian species.
turcicus may remain undocumented for prolonged periods of time because of its nocturnal, scansorial, and secretive behaviors.
Dense understoreys are not needed by the less arboreal (scansorial) brushtails.
Phyllodactylus reissi is a scansorial gecko, using primarily vertical rock boulders and, to a lesser extent, trees as perches in the study area.
These substrate utilization strategies are not equivalent to and should not be confused with the more restricted locomotor characteristics: natatorial, fossorial, cursorial, scansorial, and volant.
Many Furnariidae maintained the primitive scansorial habit either on the soft ground of forests (as Sclerurus), or at tree branches (Aphrastura, Berlepschia and Xenops) where the highest degree of specialization is found (Dendrocolaptinae; and Pygarrhichini Margarornis).
Furthermore, most Neotropical marsupial genera are recognized as arboreal or scansorial (Vieira and Camargo, 2012).
Hershkovitz (1972) compare the characteristics of the feet between species of Muridae and drew attention to the large feet of terrestrial rodents with scansorial habits, citing the genus Oligoryzomys as an example.