This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 Excerpt: ...Cod: similar muscles extend from the last dorsal to the caudal fin (u) in the Perch; and ' infra-carinales' (v) extend from the anal to the ...
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 Excerpt: ...Cod: similar muscles extend from the last dorsal to the caudal fin (u) in the Perch; and ' infra-carinales' (v) extend from the anal to the caudal along the keel of the tail. In the Gymnotus the supra-carinales form a single pair, which extends from the occiput to the end of the tail. The modified cranio-dermal spines, which constitute the oval sucking-disc of the Remora, have a complex series of minute muscles, which raise or depress the transverse lattice-work; and thus become the means of giving the little feeble fish all the advantage of the rapid course of the whale or the ship to which it may have attached itself. The muscular and membranous webs of the coalesced pectorals and ventrals of the Lump-fish, form a sucker on the opposite surface of the body, by which it may safely anchor itself to the rock, in the midst of the turbulent surf or storm-tossed breaker. The muscles of the gills, the eyeball, the air-bladder, and other special organs will be described with the parts they move. The muscular tissue (myonine) of fishes is usually colourless, often opaline, or yellowish; white when boiled: the muscles of the pectoral fins of the Sturgeon and Shark are, however, deeper coloured than the others; and most of the muscles of the Tunny are red, like those of the warm-blooded classes. The want of colour relates to the comparatively small proportion of red blood circulated through the muscular system; and to the smaller proportion of red-particles in the blood of fishes: the exceptions cited seem to depend on increased circulation with great energy of action; and, in the Bonito and Tunny, with a greater quantity of blood and a higher temperature I than in other fishes. The deep orange colour of the flesh of the Salmon and Char depends on a peculiar oil dif...
First edition; xi, , 308, 16 (ads dated January 1847), illustrations in text; original cloth very worn and faded with front cover and early leaves detached, general age toning, markings of three private owners including book plate of American zoologist Charles Atwood Kofoid, reading copy. Photos available upon request.
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