Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences

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During the interval between the lst and 2d series two pamphlets of Proceedings were published, 1880-1881, relating to the Jeanette Arctic expedition; also the 2 vols. (8 nos.) of the Bulletin, 1884/1886-1886/1887.

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Page 31 - ... minutes to swallow a squealing young rabbit, and finally fly away with the hind feet protruding. The dead bodies of murres are also eaten; they detach pieces of flesh by backing away and dragging the body, meanwhile shaking their heads, till a piece breaks off.
Page 71 - ... black points aggregated into black spots in places, and with opaque white spots; caudal transparent, having minute points, its upper half with opaque milk-white bars running obliquely downward and backward from ray to ray; lower half with interrupted longitudinal lines of opaque white, alternating with black spots; dorsal transparent, with white and dark dots most conspicuous between last rays; body marbled with light and darker. Key West, Florida; 1 specimen dredged in 5 fathoms.
Page 51 - ... mouth large, oblique; maxillary extending below posterior margin of orbit, 2 in head; intermaxillary anteriorly on a level with center of pupil; teeth all recurved, large, those of upper jaw in a narrow band ; teeth of outer and inner series enlarged, those of lower jaw similar, largest in front. No dermal flaps on shoulder girdle. Scales large, very weakly ctenoid, becoming cycloid and very much crowded above and below pectoral...
Page 26 - ... much more abundant than in others; these densely populated rookeries are the ones worked by the eggers, who, during three months of the year, send the eggs of the murre and western gull to the San Francisco market, where they find a sale at from twelve to twenty cents a dozen. Between 1850 and 1856 there was reported to have been brought to San Francisco between three and four millions of eggs. For the last few years the number of eggs marketed has averaged from one hundred and eighty thousand...
Page 8 - California, proved to be uwarowite inmicrocrystallineform, and not trautwinite as supposed. Trautwinite2 is associated with chromite from Monterey County. In chemical composition it approaches uwarowite, but differs, according to Goldsmith, in crystal form, since it is hexagonal ; it is, moreover, very soft, while uwarowite has a hardness approaching 7. SCORODITE. At Steamboat Springs, Nevada, metalliferous veins occur with arsenopyrite among other minerals in the metamorphic series. In cavities...
Page 22 - ... extremes of both diameters, are 81 x 50; 77 x 48; 74 x 50; 71.5 x 51; 71 x 46; 65.5 x 45; 64 x 50; 63.5 x 50 millimeters. 2. Ptychoramphus aleuticus. CASSIN'S AUKLET. — A strictly nocturnal species, flying during foggy, stormy or moonlight nights, but never at dusk. They arrive early in the year, coming in great numbers in the night of January 14, 1887. The auks do not fly until it is quite dark, and are supposed not to fly very high; otherwise more, it would seem, would strike the lighthouse....
Page 31 - The gulls are indiscriminate feeders; in addition to their usual articles of diet, they subsist largely upon eggs during the summer. They do not eat the eggs of their own species, nor do they trouble the cormorants after the murres have commmenced laying. Sea urchins, crabs, young murres and rabbits, and fish stolen from the cormorants
Page 138 - Distance of dorsal fin from tip of snout 2| in the length, the spine 1? in the head, its outer margin granular toothed near its base, its inner margin with short teeth; distance of adipose fin from the dorsal 3J in the length.
Page 138 - Pectoral spine a little longer than the dorsal spine, 1| in the head; its outer edge roughened, inner edge with rather sharp teeth. Brown above, the sides silvery, entire ventral surface sprinkled with brown dots; a black median line on the back; fins dusky; barbels blackish.
Page 9 - BLACK PHCEBE. — A pair built for two consecutive years in a well four feet below the surface. The first year a second nest was built after the first had been taken. (WOE) Epidonax difficilis. BAIRD'S FLYCATCHER. — A nest was built at the bottom of a hole five inches deep, made by a red-shafted flicker in a. live oak. (AMI) Cyanocitta stelleri frontalis. BLUE-FRONTED JAY.— A strange departure from the usual habits of jays was noticed in Placer County...

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