A History of the British Sessile-eyed Crustacea, Volume 2

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J. Van Voorst, 1868 - Arthrostraca - 1043 pages
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Page 48 - All scatter'd in the bottom of the sea : Some lay in dead men's skulls ; and, in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept, As 'twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems, Which woo'd the slimy bottom of the deep, And mock'd the dead bones that lay scatter'd by.
Page xxv - ... soft, generally rests for some time, as if exhausted, near the cast-off skeleton ; should, however, there be any cause, it is perfectly capable of swimming away immediately. In Caprella, Mr. Henry Goodsir (Edinburgh Philosophical Journal, 1842) remarked that the animal, before the process commenced, " lies for a considerable time languid, and to all appearance dead. At length a slight quivering takes place all over the body, attended in a short time with more violent exertions. The skin then...
Page 518 - U. planipes in the Transactions of the Natural History Society of Northumberland and Durham.
Page 48 - ... fishes gnawed upon ; Wedges of gold, great anchors, heaps of pearl, Inestimable stones, unvalued jewels, All scattered in the bottom of the sea. Some lay in dead men's skulls ; and in those holes Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept (As 'twere in scorn of eyes) reflecting gems, That wooed the slimy bottom of the deep, And mocked the dead bones that lay scattered by.
Page xxxv - ... labyrinth in which the blood circulates in many small streams (fig. 8). Should the animal become feeble, a gradual accumulation of corpuscles may be discerned in different parts of the gills, mostly out of reach of the stronger currents, which latter, as the vitality of the animal diminishes, can be observed to lessen in force until it is propelled only by jerks, coexistent with every pulsation of the heart ; and at length a throbbing without any progression of the corpuscles appears as the last...
Page 363 - ... keep that branch exclusively to itself, and will defend it with the greatest vigor against all intruders. It fixes itself to its resting-place by means of its true thoracic feet, and seldom uses these for progression. When it falls to the bottom of the vessel, it fixes its long pointed antennae firmly into the sand, and, with the assistance of the true feet, drags and pushes itself forward. This, however, may not be a natural mode of progression, but may be adopted in consequence of the artificial...
Page 484 - These characters do not appear to us, however, to be of sufficient importance to warrant the establishment of a new genus for the P.
Page 495 - In the light of modern science we can impute the cures attributed to these creatures only to the •effect produced upon the imagination of the patient, and the curative powers of nature, for beyond some slight demulcent qualities, they must be wholly inert, and are now wisely discarded "from the pharmacopoeias.
Page 54 - ... occasionally, and either returned to the pouch again, or else being free, continued more or less perfectly under her protection. This trace of parental affection receives support from the observation of Mr. Henry Goodsir*, who "on one occasion, while examining a female Caprella under the microscope, found that her body was thickly covered with young ones; they were firmly attached to her by means of their posterior feet, and were resting in an erect posture, waving about their long antennae with...
Page xiv - It forms, generally, with the anterior or incisive margin, the two extremities or horns of a crescent. The second, or articulated process, is situated between the two, but somewhat nearer the anterior margin.

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