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[mass noun] Protective coloration used by some animals in which parts normally in shadow are light and those exposed to the sky are dark.
- ‘We therefore report two experiments designed to test whether countershading enhances protection by diminishing the probability of detection by predators.’
- ‘The coloration of transparent species, the lack of countershading, and the opacity of guts in deep-sea species are all hypothesized to be defenses against detection by bioluminescence.’
- ‘The countershading of their body is a protective camouflage.’
- ‘Because countershading is thought to aid in concealment by reducing shadow in well-lit environments, the hypothesis is partially supported despite no significant associations with other open environments.’
- ‘To blend into their environment, some marine mammals have countershading (their top side is darker that their underneath surfaces).’
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