scutellation

[skyoot-l-ey-shuhn]
noun Zoology.
1.
a scutellate state or formation; a scaly covering, as on a bird's foot.
2.
an arrangement of scutella or scales.

Origin:
1870–75; scutell(um) + -ation

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scutellation (ˌskjuːtɪˈleɪʃən)
 
n
1.  the way in which scales or plates are arranged in an animal
2.  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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Color pattern and scutellation are variable across the snake's range, but are relatively uniform at any locality.
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