Proceedings of the United States National Museum, Volume 7

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United States National Museum, 1885 - Alcidae - 9 pages

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Page 339 - What these relations shall be is one of the most interesting, and, at the same time, one of the most difficult, of the many problems with which we, or our successors, must deal.
Page 308 - ... in head. Teeth of moderate size, the outer enlarged; antrorse teeth in the posterior part of each jaw considerably enlarged; those of the upper jaw caninelike, larger than any of the other teeth. Scales large; those of the anterior and middle parts of the body, down to the level of the lower part of pectoral, much enlarged, having nearly double the depth of the scales above lateral line; rows above lateral line running very obliquely upward and backward; those below somewhat wavy, most of them...
Page 440 - Color in life very dark green above, the middle part of each scale brassy black, its edge broadly pearly whitish. Below lateral line the duskiness of the middle of the sca'le passes into brassy, and below into bright coppery, the belly and lower parts of head being more or less distinctly bright coppery red ; the lower jaw grayish. No blue stripe below eye, except in the very young. Top of head blackish olive.
Page 453 - ... where some of them are almost canine-like ; within these is a very narrow band of villiform teeth in front of jaw only ; tongue with a broad oval patch of teeth, scarcely twice as broad as long ; in front of this patch is a small irregular patch ; vomer with a broadly arrow-shaped patch, with a rather short backward prolongation on median line, its length about equaling width of patch in front.
Page 469 - Interorbital space slightly concave, 4 in head, the supraorbital ridges prominent. Upper jaw with a narrow band of villifonn teeth, outside of which is a row of moderate teeth, the two canines (sometimes duplicated) in front very sharp and projecting forward and downward, their length about 3 in diameter of pupil. Lower jaw with villiform teeth in front of jaw only, the larger teeth of the outer row smaller and more numerous than in the upper jaw ; canines of lower jaw not differentiated. Tongue...
Page 440 - ... diameter of eye; lower jaw with a single row of rather small teeth, usually largest on side of jaw, where some of them are almost caninelike; within these is a very narrow band of villiform teeth in front of jaw only; tongue with a broad oval patch of teeth, scarcely twice as broad as long...
Page 445 - This handsome species is rather common in the markets of Havana, where it is known as Pargo de lo Alto. When fresh it may always be known by the bright yellow color of the eye, a color which does not entirely fade in spirits. It is evidently the Mesoprion aya of Cuv.
Page 93 - It rarely exceeds a foot in length. At Havana it is apparently equally common, the numbers seen in the market exceeding that of all other species combined. It is one of the least brightly colored of the species of the genus.
Page 277 - The changes of nomenclature have invariably been made in obedience to the rules of the British and American associations for the advancement of science.

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