. Evenings at the microscope : or, researches among the minuter organs and forms of animal life. Microscopy; Microscopes; Medical microscopy. 22i EVENINGS AT THE MICEOSCOPE. like filament, and are graduated in length; and what is very sti'iking, as illustrating the exquisite workman- ship of the Divine hand, the hairs themselves are compound. structiires; for under a high HAND OF BARNACLE. power they seem to be composed of numerous joints—an illusory appearance probably, what look like joints being rather succes- sive shoulders, or projections and constrictions of the outline— while each shoul

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. Evenings at the microscope : or, researches among the minuter organs and forms of animal life. Microscopy; Microscopes; Medical microscopy. 22i EVENINGS AT THE MICEOSCOPE. like filament, and are graduated in length; and what is very sti'iking, as illustrating the exquisite workman- ship of the Divine hand, the hairs themselves are compound. structiires; for under a high HAND OF BARNACLE. power they seem to be composed of numerous joints—an illusory appearance probably, what look like joints being rather succes- sive shoulders, or projections and constrictions of the outline— while each shoulder carries a whorl of finer spines, lying near- ly close to the main hair, and scarcel}^ deviating from its gen- eral direction. This barbed structure of the hairs is chiefly seen towards their attenuated extremities. And now do you ask—"What is the object of this elaborate contrivance, or rather series of contrivances ? I answer—It is the net with which the fisher takes his food—it is his means of living. You have seen that the animal has no power of pursuing prey : he is im- movably fixed to the walls of his castle which is im- movably fixed to the solid rock. He is compelled therefore to subsist on what passes his castle, and on what he can catch as he sits in his doorway and casts his net at random. Tou saw, also, with what a regular perseverance the casts were made ; and now that you have examined in detail the construction of the net, you are prepared to appreciate its fitness for the work assigned to it.. Please note that these images are extracted from scanned page images that may have been digitally enhanced for readability - coloration and appearance of these illustrations may not perfectly resemble the original work.. Gosse, Philip Henry, 1810-1888. New York, D. Appleton

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