Definition of countershading in English:


Syllabification: coun·ter·shad·ing
Pronunciation: /ˈkountərˌSHādiNG


  • Protective coloration of some animals in which parts normally in shadow are light and those exposed to the sky are dark.
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    • We therefore report two experiments designed to test whether countershading enhances protection by diminishing the probability of detection by predators.
    • 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.
    • The countershading of their body is a protective camouflage.



Pronunciation: /-ˌSHādid/
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  • Comparisons across all countershaded artiodactyls similarly revealed an association with desert-dwelling.
  • This strongly suggests that for these birds at this point in the experiment, countershaded baits really were least readily detected when placed against a color-matching substrate.
  • It also explains why the coloration of deep-sea species is essentially uniform rather than countershaded, since bioluminescent searchlights may strike the animal from any angle.

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