A Manual of British Vertebrate Animals: Or Descriptions of All the Animals Belonging to the Classes, Mammalia, Aves, Reptilia, Amphibia, and Pisces,: Which Have Been Hitherto Observed in the British Islands, Including the Domesticated, Naturalized, and Extirpated Species: the Whole Systematically Aranged

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Printed at the Pitt Press, by John Smith, ... sold by J. & J.J. Deighton; and T. Stevenson, Cambridge; and Longman & Company, London., 1835 - 559 pages

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Page 290 - The ermine is of the genus mustela, (weasel,) and resembles the common weasel in its form ; is from fourteen to sixteen inches from the tip of the nose to the end of the tail. The body is from ten to twelve inches long.
Page xxvii - A NATURAL HISTORY OF UNCOMMON BIRDS, and of some other rare and Undescribed Animals, Quadrupeds, Reptiles, Fishes, Insects, &c.
Page xxxi - ZOOLOGICAL ILLUSTRATIONS; OR, ORIGINAL FIGURES AND DESCRIPTIONS OF NEW, RARE, OR INTERESTING ANIMALS, selected chiefly from the Classes of Ornithology, Entomology, and Conchology.
Page xxxi - British Fauna, containing a compendium of the Zoology of the British Islands : arranged according to the Linnean System.
Page 411 - The anterior dorsal commences midway between the end of the snout and the base of the caudal fin.
Page 226 - ... during the winter. Beautiful it is, not only in appearance, but still more so in flavour, being perhaps the most delicate of all the water-fowl race we obtain an acquaintance with. The bird is thus described by Daniel : — " The bill of the Brent-goose is short, black, and elevated ; irides hazel ; the head, neck, and upper part of the breast, black ; on each side the hindmost part of the neck is a white spot ; the lower part of the breast, the scapulars, and coverts of the wings, are all coloured,...
Page 410 - ... power, when we consider that they serve to assist in almost constantly suspending this little fish in the most rapid streams. Scales of the parr, taken from the lateral line below the dorsal fin, were altogether larger, the length greater by nearly onethird, the furrowing more delicate, and the form of the canal not so apparent, or so strongly marked, towards the basal end of the scale. The greater delicacy of the bones of the parr is still kept up very distinctly.
Page 405 - Brasiliensis Linn. Syst. Nat. It was taken by me in the harbour at Polperro, in July 1818, as it was swimming with agility near the surface of the water. It was about an inch in length, the head somewhat flattened at the top, the upper jaw short and pointed, the inferior much protruded,- being at least as long as from the extremity of the upper jaw to the back part of the gill-covers. The mouth opened obliquely...
Page 166 - British list, consists in the capture of a specimen of the migratory pigeon of America, recorded by Professor Fleming to have been " shot while perched on a wall in the neighbourhood of a pigeon-house at Westhall, in the parish of Monymail, Fifeshire, 1st December, 1825. The feathers were quite fresh and entire, like those of a wild bird." * A second specimen is said to have been killed in Roxburghshire, but we have not been able to trace it. According to Temminck, it occurs in a similar stray manner...
Page 290 - It is near six inches in length from the tip of the bill to the end of the tail, the former being about half an inch, and the latter two inches and a half.

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