Das Tierreich


READERS of Stevenson may possibly remember that when the hero of “Catriona” took leave of Alan Breck on Gillane Sands and turned to meet his pursuers, his attention was caught, in the solitude and silence of that “unchancy” place, by “the sand-lice hopping nimbly about the stranded tangles.” One might search far through the fields of literature before finding another mention of the amphipodous Crustacea. Their small size, the aquatic habits of the majority, and the fact that they are neither immediately useful nor directly harmful to man, combine to withdraw them from popular observation, while even to many who claim the title of naturalist they are known only by name. Yet the student who attempts to gain some knowledge of this group of animals is likely to be bewildered at the outset by the almost infinite variety of specific differentiation which they present, no less than by the overwhelming mass of technical literature in which their peculiarities are recorded.

Das Tierreich.

21 Lieferung. Crustacea. Amphipoda, I., Gammaridea. By the Rev. T. R. R. Stebbing. Pp. xxxix + 806; 127 figures in text. (Berlin: R. Friedländer und Sohn, 1906.) Price 48 marks.

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C., W. Das Tierreich . Nature 75, 365–366 (1907). https://doi.org/10.1038/075365a0

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