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industrial melanism

noun

Definition of industrial melanism

  1. :  genetically determined melanism as a population phenomenon especially in moths in which the proportion of dark individuals tends to increase due to differential predation especially by birds which more easily find and eat lighter-colored individuals in habitats darkened by industrial pollution



1943

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1943


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