Prodromus Faunę Zeylanicę: Being Contributions to the Zoology of Ceylon, Volume 1

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Page iv - I expect neither profit nor general fame by my writings," says Coleridge, in the preface to his poems ; " and I consider myself as having been amply repaid without either. Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has soothed my afflictions ; it has multiplied and refined my enjoyments ; it has endeared solitude, and it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and the beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
Page iv - Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto ; whom no man hath seen, nor can see : to whom be honour and power everlasting.
Page 17 - For the following particulars derived from the observation of the animal in ihe Shervaroyah hills, I am indebted to Mr. Fischer, of Salem : " The Bison ordinarily frequents the hills, seeking the highest and Coolest parts, but during the hottest weather, and when the hills are. parched by the heat, or the grass consumed by fire, the single families, in which they commonly range the hills, congregate into large herds, and strike deep into the great woods and valleys ; but after the first showers,...
Page 163 - Eyelids connivent, valvular. Feet, for walking. Toes all free, unequal ; the thumb of the hind feet on the same plane as the other toes ; the little toes lower down on the ankle than the thumb. The thumb is anterior and internal, and the great toe of the hind feet occupies the same position, the thigh and foot being bent forwards. This is proved by analogy ; this toe being the one that is clawless in the Gecko, which have the clawless thumb, and in Anolii, where the thumb and great toes are simple,...
Page 174 - ... According to Mr Houston, the skin is not only very thin, but highly vascular ; and he thinks that the colour of the blood appearing through that semi-transparent covering, and variously modified by its more permanent hues, is of itself sufficient to account for every diversity of tint which the chameleon can assume. He maintains the opinion that these effects are produced by vascular turgescence, 'just as the increased redness in blushing is caused by ' a rush of blood to the cheeks.
Page 25 - Asiaticus differs from L. vernalis in having the crown deep red, passing to a 'saffron hue on the nape, and in some specimens over much of the back; while the fore part of the neck is tinged, more or less deeply with verditer.
Page 17 - ... bare. That on the neck and breast and beneath is longer, the skin of the throat is somewhat loose, giving the appearance of a slight dew-lap. The legs are white, with a rufous tint on the back and side of the forelegs. The skin of the under parts when uncovered, is a deep ochry yellow. The cow has the legs of a purer white. The breeding season is said to be early in the year, and the calves are born after the rains. The bulls are often found separate from the herd, which consists generally of...
Page 20 - ... plumage generally being of a darker hue." " After the first moult, the markings of the lower surface disappear, except a few on the lower part of the abdomen and leg feathers, the plumage above becomes more of a bluish tinge, and the edgings and barrings disappear ; with further moultings, the shade of the plumage above becomes still lighter, and of a slaty blue, the markings beneath vanish entirely, and the rufous tint of the breast becomes paler.
Page 19 - Tongue long, narrowed in front, widened, forked, free behind ? teeth on the vomer forming two groups, between the internal openings of the nostrils ; tympanum distinct ; Eustachian tubes middling ; four fingers free ; toes completely or partially webbed ; subdigital disks slightly dilated ; process of the first os cuneiforme blunt, very minute ; males with vocal sacs ; sacral transversal processes not dilated. LIMNODYTES ERYTHR/EUS, Schlegel.
Page 13 - Curassavicd) with its orange blossoms, and seeds with long silky tails, is a South American. Most of these must have been long established before the English took possession of the country; but the following are well known to have escaped from the Botanical gardens at Colombo or Peradenia during the last five-and-twenty years. The small white flowered...

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