AT the annual soirée, held on Tuesday, December 16, 1873, celebrating the sixteenth year of the existence of the society, Mr. W. R. Hughes, F.L.S., the president, gave, at the request of the committee, an address on “The recent Marine Excursion made by the Society to Teignmouth.”After alluding to the apt and graceful remarks of his predecessor in office (Rev. H: W. Crosskey, F.G.S.) twelve months ago, on the advantages of the study of Natural History, and then describing the preliminary arrangements in connection with the excursion which have already been detailed in NATURE, vol. viii. pp. 334 and 469, Mr. Hughes stated that upwards of 20 members of the society, including several ladies, proceeded from Birmingham and assembled at the headquarters at Teignmouth on Monday, September 1, on which day the dredging operations commenced on board the yacht Ruby with satisfactory results. These were carried on during the week, and have already been described in NATURE; the principal feature being the capture of the pedunculate form of Antedon rosaceus (Comatula rosacea), the rosy feather star, including representatives of 12 genera of Echinodermata and about 40 species of Hydrozoa and Polyzoa, the last of which had been mounted and presented to the society by his friend and colleague, Mr. A. W. Wills, to whom the Society were also indebted for lifelike drawings of the Antedon in various stages of development.
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Birmingham Natural History and Microscopical Society . Nature 9, 253–254 (1874). https://doi.org/10.1038/009253a0