The American Naturalist, Volume 2

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Essex Institute, 1869 - Biology

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Page 251 - Especially scrape off any small sponges, and see that no worms have made their twining tubes of sand among the weed-stems ; if they have, drag them out; for they will surely die, and as surely spoil all by sulphuretted hydrogen, blackness, and evil smells. Put your weeds into your tank, and settle them at the bottom ; which last some say should be covered with a layer of pebbles : but let the beginner leave it as bare as possible ; for the pebbles only tempt cross-grained annelids to crawl under...
Page 235 - As I expected, a Luidia came up in the dredge — a most gorgeous specimen. As it does not generally break up...
Page 235 - The first time I ever took one of these creatures I succeeded in getting it into the boat entire. Never having seen one before, and quite unconscious of its suicidal powers, I spread it out on a rowing-bench, the better to admire its form and colours. On attempting to remove it for preservation, to my horror and disappointment I found only an assemblage of rejected members.
Page 541 - FIELD, FOREST, AND GARDEN BOTANY. A simple introduction to the Common Plants of the United States, east of the Mississippi, both wild and cultivated. Cloth, 8vo, 386 pages. Price $2.00. SCHOOL AND FIELD BOOK OF BOTANY. Comprising the " Lessons in Botany," and " Field, Forest, and Garden Botany.
Page 261 - A nutomy, vol. i. is as if a head were suddenly to be developed out of your lumbar vertebra, yet still remain attached to the column, and thus produce a double-headed monster, more fantastic than fable. Or suppose you were to cut a caterpillar in half, fashion a head for the tail half, and then fasten this head to the cut end of the other half — this would give you an image of the Syllis budding. But in some worms the process does not stop here. What the mother did, the child does, and you may...
Page 235 - I went to dredge on the same spot, determined not to be cheated out of a specimen in such a way a second time, I brought with me a bucket of cold fresh water, to which article, star-fishes have a great antipathy. As I expected, a Luidia came up in the dredge, a most gorgeous specimen.
Page 257 - The victim is tired now; and slowly, and yet dexterously, his blind assailant is feeling and shifting along his side, till he reaches one end of him ; and then the black lips expand, and slowly and surely the curved finger begins packing him...
Page 627 - The maxillae are minute, their palpi being single-jointed, and the mandibles or jaws are comparatively useless, being very short and small, compared with the lancet-like jaws of the mosquito or horse-fly. But the structure of the tongue itself (labium), is most curious.
Page 128 - THE BRITISH REPTILES: A Plain and Easy Account of the Lizards, Snakes, Newts, Toads, Frogs, and Tortoises indigenous to Great Britain.
Page 431 - The human jaw and other bones found in Florida by myself in 1848 were not in a coral formation, but in a freshwater sandstone on the shore of Lake Monroe, associated with freshwater shells of species still living in the lake (Paludina, Ampullaria, et cet.). No date can be assigned to the formation of that deposit, at least from present observation.

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