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Zoological terms

Terms in relation to animals, such as mammals, birds, reptiles or fish.

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The shine that is present in the eyes of various birds (goatsuckers, owls, kiwis, and other nightbirds). Caused by reflection off of the tapetum, the vascular membrane of the retina within the eye.

facial shield

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A hard plate on the forehead of some birds (coots, for example). It functions as a display ornament as well as enables the distinguishing between different species

fall bloom

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The rapid growth of algae in temperate lakes following the autumnal breakdown of thermal stratification and mixing of water layers.

fall overturn

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The vertical mixing of the layers of the water in temperate lakes. This turnover occurs in autumn when temperatures start to change


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A plant or animl in an early stage of development; generally still contained within the seed, egg, or uterus.


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Movement of individuals out of a population.

endangered animals

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Endangered animals are species or populations that are at risk of becoming extinct.

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