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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) the quality or state of being vagile
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This, along with same group memberships in the microsatellite data of individuals from sites like Cave Landing, suggest a certain degree of local recruitment and reduced vagility. Recently established populations in Northern California contain two unique mtDNA haplotypes that are not present elsewhere, but microsatellite data do not differentiate these from other populations.
dilatate, have host fishes with low vagility, such as small percids and darters (Cummings and Watters, 2002).
Furthermore, it has been pointed out that the genetic variation observed among populations living in nearly stable environmental conditions could be suggestive of differences in vagility and inbreeding (Gorman et al., 1977).
Using the GPS collars that updated an animal's location regularly and other data, the project found that vagility -- the ability of an organism to move -- declines in areas with human footprints by as much as half to two-thirds the distance than in places where there is little or no human activity.
On the other hand, pseudoscorpions inhabiting temporary habitats, or those found under tree bark, compensate for their low vagility by dispersal via phoresy (Poinar et al.
Primary productivity and species richness: relationships among functional guilds, residency groups and vagility classes at multiple spatial scales.
Effects of road traffic on two amphibian species of differing vagility. Conservation Biology, 15, 1071-1078.
The crawler, or 1st-stage immature, is the only development stage capable of moving from the fruit and establishing on a new host, but generally, it has very low vagility and is particularly vulnerable.
The 168 ft waterfall that is Harvey Lake's sole outlet might well serve as a unidirectional barrier to dispersal for a species of limited vagility such as M.
Rodents experience little movement throughout their lives, and they are strongly linked to characteristics of their microhabitats (Morris, 1987; Lambert et al., 2006); therefore, they would have smaller niche breadths than do bats, which due to their vagility can potentially use a larger variety of resources.
The sessile nature of oysters coupled with the limited vagility of pea crabs postsettlement allows for the assessment of patterns for this relationship.