Explanatory Text to S.R. Urbino's Charts of the Animal Kingdom

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Samuel Kneeland
Urbino, 1869 - Zoology - 158 pages
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Page 44 - ... general gray color with a whitish band stretching obliquely from the angle of the lower jaw over the shoulders. The White-lipped Peccary, D. labiatus, Cuv., is larger than the preceding one, and is very destructive to vegetation. . EQUID.E, OR HORSE FAMILY. — This Family, called Solepedes by Cuvier, comprises animals which have only one apparent toe and a single hoof to each foot ; although under the skin, on each side of their metatarsus and metacarpus, there are spurs representing two lateral...
Page 143 - ... by their bodies being densely hirsute, the mouth parts lengthened and partially united to form a kind of proboscis that can be folded up out of sight under the head ; and in their broad, flattened hirsute hind legs, adapted for collecting and carrying pollen. They are social, and the species often consists of males, or drones ; females, or queens ; and imperfect females, or workers, improperly called neuters, which are much smaller than the others. Apis mellifica is the honey bee, whose complex...
Page 87 - ... long toes. They live in marshes, and are but little seen except by hunters and naturalists. The Genus Rallus — Rails — has the bill rather longer than the head, wings and tail very short. It includes about twenty species, inhabiting all countries. The King Rail, or Marsh Hen, R. elegans, Aud., of the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America, in the warmer parts, is seventeen inches long, and the wing six and a half inches ; upper parts olive brown ; under parts rufous chestnut. The Clapper...
Page 45 - ... lateral toes. The Genus Equus comprises all the species. The Horse, E. caballus, Linn., is indigenous to the Old World, but has accompanied man, and become established in every quarter of the globe. This noble animal is the most beautiful, graceful, and the most useful to man of all the Pachyderms. The Horse no longer exists in a wild state, except in those countries where horses once in a state of domestication have been set at liberty, as in Tartary and in America. Here they live in troops,...
Page vi - Belknap has concisely placed the essentials in the care of an infant before the reader, although, of course, it is impossible, in a work of this kind, to fully cover the subject.
Page 141 - The nutgall, used in the preparation of ink, is formed in this manner upon the leaves of a species of oak, which grows in Asia Minor and in the East Indies.

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