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Orientation responses animals

Definitions for the key terminology used when describing the orientation responses of animals
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created December 1, 2016
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Terminologykeywords indefinitionDefinitionexample
Taxisdirectional, towards or away, positive or negative, environmental cueA directional response towards or away from an environmental stimulus coming from one direction onlyMoths to a flame
KinesisRandom, intensity of the stimulusA random response due to an environmental stimulus that varies in intensityAnts that scatter when the rock is lifted
Migrationcomplex, timed, environmental changes, group, regular long distancesA mass movemet of large groups af animals from one area to another due to improved environmental conditions on the other side, often involves a return journey.Monarch butterflies
HomingShort journey, foraging, finding food or mates dailyA short distance return journey from the nest site to find food or matesBees leaving the hive
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