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8.7: Cyclic Behavior of Animals

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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biological clock

Structure that controls the activities of an organism whose activities change on a regular 24-hour cycle.

circadian rhythms

Regular change in biology or behavior that occurs in a 24-hour cycle.

diurnal

Animals that are active during the daytime and rest during the night.

hibernation

State in which an animal’s body processes are slower than usual, and its body temperature falls in order to conserve energy when food is scarce.

migration

Regular movement of animals each year, usually to find food, mates, or other resources.

nocturnal

Animals that are active during the night and sleep all day.

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