- a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
- an arrangement of scutella or scales.
Origin of scutellation
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There are only ten tail-feathers, and the scutellation of the tarsus is like that of Xenicus.Extinct Birds
In scutellation these specimens are like T. dorsalis cyclides.
In other characters of scutellation the specimens are highly variable.
Examination of 18 specimens from Costa Rica shows no differences in scutellation, nor geographic segregation of two populations.Amphibians and Reptiles of the Rainforests of Southern El Peten, Guatemala
William E. Duellman
The scutellation of the cottonmouth closely resembles that of the other species of Agkistrodon.
- the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
- a covering of scales or scutella, as on a bird's leg
C19: New Latin, from scutella, plural of scutellum + -ation
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