color phase

noun
1.
a genetically controlled variation in the colors of the skin, pelt, or plumage of an animal.
2.
one of two or more colorings assumed by an animal, varying with age or season.

Origin:
1925–30

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The white color phase is more common in northern populations.
Spotted goatfish have an active color phase when they're swimming around, which
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