Glogers rule

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Gloger's rule Individuals of many species of insects, birds, and mammals are darkly pigmented in humid climates and lightly coloured in dry ones. This may well be a camouflage adaptation—moist habitats are usually well vegetated and tend to lack pale colours. There are many exceptions to this so-called rule. It was proposed by the German zoologist Constantin Wilhelm Lambert Gloger (1803–59). See also Allen's rule and Bergmann's rule.

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Gloger's rule Individuals of many species of insects, birds, and mammals are darkly pigmented in humid climates and lightly coloured in dry ones. This may well be a camouflage adaptation (moist habitats are usually well vegetated and tend to lack pale colours). There are many exceptions to this so-called rule. See also ALLEN'S RULE; and BERGMANN'S RULE.