moulter


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Synonyms for moulter

an animal (especially birds and arthropods and reptiles) that periodically shed their outer layer (feathers or cuticle or skin or hair)

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Relative growth and size at sexual maturity in Halicarcinus cookie (Brachyura: Hymenosomatidae): why are some crabs precocious moulters? Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol.
The high proportion (73%) of male king eiders in wing moult in Kangersooq in early September indicates that, if significant numbers have finished wing moult earlier in the area, some early moulters have left the area by September.
A total of 431 moulters was recorded at three estuarine sites, including one flock of 266 brant at South Snowbird Creek.
In 1984, all four of them were recorded (three as moulters, one with a brood) at the same site where they had been originally banded (Brant Lake).
Among 318 nonbreeding adults and yearlings and 71 breeding adult moulters captured in 1984-86, the only evidence of intermixing with other brant populations came from the capture of one foreign-banded individual (marked on Melville Island a decade earlier), of one unbanded B.