Transactions of the Linnean Society Volume 13

Transactions of the Linnean Society Volume 13

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1822 edition. Excerpt: ...in the lower jaw there is a vacant space between the canines and the molars. The tail is nearly naked to within an inch of the extremity, where it is tufted with hair. The animal has been forwarded in spirits to Sir_Everard Home: it will therefore be unnecessary to enlarge more upon it here. T he name Singapooa appears to be given to it from some fan cied resemblance to a Lion, Singa signifying a Lion, and (the generic name of the Scitamineous plants) being employed figuratively to denote smallness. It is related in the fables of the country, that the animal was originally as large as a Lion, but has degenerated in modern times to the size we now find it. It is only seen in the depth of.the forests, and that very rarely, once perhaps in two or three years, and is said to live on various kinds of wild fruits and young leaves. It is said to ascend trees by short leaps, and to produce only one young one at a time. The inhabitants have superstitious dread of these animals, insomuch that, if they happen to see one upon any tree near their ladangs or forest rice-fields, they will immediately abandon them and seek seek another spot; otherwise they believe some misfortune will certainly befall them or their family. ' BUCEROS COMATUS, R. This species differs from all the others of the genus in the acute ness of the keel or arch of the upper mandible, which is also much shorter than usual, being scarcely six inches in length. The head and neck are covered with white feathers, more or less black at their roots. These feathers are wiry or filiform, and stand nearly erect, particularly on the top of the head, while on the forehead they are directed forwards over the crestof the bill and conceal it in part. On...show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236846893
  • 9781236846891