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 (văj′əl, -īl)
Able or tending to move from place to place or disperse: a vagile animal species.

[Latin vagus, wandering + -ile.]

va·gil·i·ty (və-jĭl′ĭ-tē, vă-) n.
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(Zoology) able to move freely
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(ˈvædʒ əl; esp. Brit. -aɪl)

adj. Biol.
able to move freely, as organisms.
[1885–90; < Latin vag(us) wandering]
va•gil•i•ty (vəˈdʒɪl ɪ ti) n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.vagile - having freedom to move about; "vagile aquatic animals"
zoological science, zoology - the branch of biology that studies animals
sessile - permanently attached to a substrate; not free to move about; "sessile marine animals and plants"
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Although row crops are likely unsuitable or marginal habitat throughout much of the year (Fleharty and Navo, 1983), they may present a fairly benign matrix between patches of higher quality habitat for vagile carnivores, such as badgers (Caryl et al, 2012; Sunga et al, 2017).
Researchers document outlier stands of this especially vagile tree species.
Also, molluscs can be surprisingly vagile, reinfesting areas quickly after they have been eliminated or suppressed.
Landscape-level estimates of resource properties should be incorporated into resource selection frameworks, especially for large-bodied, vagile species which typically perceive and respond to their surroundings at broad spatial scales.
Novel single nucleotide polymorphisms reveal genetic structure and viability selection in the golden eagle (Aquila chrysaetos), a vagile raptor with a holarctic distribution.
Range extension is by natural flight dispersal, rather than any deliberate translocation, a tool sometimes used for less vagile species.
[20.] Drouin A, Archambault P, Clynick B, Richer K, McKindsey CW (2015) Influence of mussel aquaculture on the distribution of vagile benthic macrofauna in iles de la Madeleine, Eastern Canada.
Thus, studies of habitat selection are also informative to understanding the ecology of vagile species.
Eighty percent of the piercer taxa arrived on day 0, and these were highly vagile taxa such as corixids (plant-piercers) and naucorids (predator-piercers).
Geographic barriers to dispersal on Hispaniola are reflected in the gene pools among the most vagile vertebrates, such as the birds.
Vagile benthos of a Late Pleistocene patch reef, Falmouth Formation, Jamaica.
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