Excerpt from The Crinoids of the Indian Ocean At the suggestion of Dr. F. A. Bather the Indian Museum entrusted to me for study the magnificent collection of recent crinoids brought together mainly as a result of the operations of the Royal Indian Marine Survey Steamer "Investigator." Covering as it does the vast region from the Malay Archipelago to the Persian Gulf the collection is one of extraordinary interest, for by its aid the westward extension of many East Indian genera and species may be accurately traced, and it ...
Excerpt from The Crinoids of the Indian Ocean At the suggestion of Dr. F. A. Bather the Indian Museum entrusted to me for study the magnificent collection of recent crinoids brought together mainly as a result of the operations of the Royal Indian Marine Survey Steamer "Investigator." Covering as it does the vast region from the Malay Archipelago to the Persian Gulf the collection is one of extraordinary interest, for by its aid the westward extension of many East Indian genera and species may be accurately traced, and it is possible to form a very clear concept of the progressive diminution in intensity of the wonderfully rich East Indian fauna as one travels westward. In addition to the "Investigator" material, the Indian Museum also sent all of its collections accumulated from other sources - collections of no small importance to the student of the Indian fauna. Most of the species in the collection are represented by large series, and there is an astonishingly complete representation of those very small forms so common in the East Indian region which are frequently disposed of in toto as "unidentifiable young," graphically bringing out the thoroughness with which the collectors of the "Investigator" performed their labours. While the work of studying these large collections was in progress, I received the material from the marine survey of the Philippine Islands, which was undertaken by the United States Fisheries Steamer "Albatross." This proved extremely rich in species as well as in individuals, and formed a most valuable supplement to that obtained by the "Investigator." I had myself in 1906, when naturalist of the "Albatross," made large collections off the coasts of Japan as well as further north, subsequently receiving the collection made by Mr. Alan Owston in shallower water off the southern shore, in the vicinity of Sagami Bay, and these were naturally most instructive in throwing light upon the northern limits of many East Indian genera and species. Recently the Australian Museum at Sydney, New South Wales, sent me its entire Austrahan collection to study so that I was able to form a good idea of the southward extension of the East Indian genera and species about the shores of that continent. After the report was written I visited the chief museums of Europe for the purpose of studying the crinoids therein contained in connection with my forthcoming extended monograph on the group. I examined the Lamarckian and Miillerian types preserved at Leyden and at Paris (those at Berlin having previously passed through my hands), and studied other important collections at Bergen, Berlin, Copenhagen, Dresden, Kristiania, Lyons, Monaco, and Vienna. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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