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Sketches of Natural History of Ceylon eBook

J. Emerson Tennent
This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 472 pages of information about Sketches of Natural History of Ceylon.
  The transparent pearl oyster (Placuna placenta)
  The “musical fish” at Ballicaloa
  A similar phenomenon at other places
  Faculty of uttering sounds in fishes
  Instance in the Tritonia arborescens
  Difficulty in forming a list of Ceylon shells
  List of Ceylon shells

II. Radiata.—­Star fish
  Sea slugs
  Parasitic worms
  Planaria

III. Acalephae, abundant
  The Portuguese man-of-war
  Red infusoria
  Note on the Tritonia arborescens

CHAP.  XII.

INSECTS.

Profusion of insects in Ceylon
  Imperfect knowledge of

I. Coleoptera.—­Beetles
  Scavenger beetles
  Coco-nut beetles
  Tortoise beetles

II. Orthoptera.—­Mantis and leaf-insects
  Stick-insects

III. Neuroptera.—­Dragon flies
  Ant-lion
  White ants
  Anecdotes of their instinct and ravages

IV. Hymenoptera.—­Mason wasps
  Wasps
  Bees
  Carpenter Bee
  Ants
  Burrowing ants

V. Lepidoptera.—­Butterflies
  The spectre
  Lycaenidae
  Moths
  Silk worms
  Stinging caterpillars
  Wood-carrying moths
  Pterophorus

VI. Homoptera
  Cicada

VII. Hemiptera
  Bugs

VIII. Aphaniptera

IX. Diptera.—­Mosquitoes
  Mosquitoes the “plague of flies”
  The coffee bug

General character of Ceylon insects

List of insects in Ceylon

CHAP.  XIII.

ARACHNIDAE, MYRIOPODA, CRUSTACAE, ETC.

Spiders
  Strange nets of the wood spiders
  The mygale
  Birds killed by it
  Olios Taprobanius
  The galeodes
  Gregarious spiders
  Ticks
  Mites.—­Trombidium tinctorum

Myriapods.—­Centipedes
  Cermatia
  Scolopendra crassa
  S. pollippes
  The fish insect

Millipeds.—­Julus

Crustacae
  Calling crabs
  Sand crabs
  Painted crabs
  Paddling crabs

Annelidae, Leeches.—­The land leech
  Medicinal leech
  Cattle leech

List of Articulata, &c.

Note.—­On the revivification of the Rotifera and Paste-eels

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS.

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View of an Elephant Corral Frontispiece

Group of Ceylon Monkeys to face 5

The Loris (Loris gracilis) 12

Group of Flying Foxes (Pteropus Edwardsii) to face 14

Head of the Horse-shoe Bat (Rhynulophus) 19

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