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The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:07 am
by Johann
Wanted to share this awesome find - Came across these 2 books at a local second hand book store: :D
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Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:13 pm
by hkv
That is a great find! I bet the illustrations are very nice. Seems to be in great shape considering the age of the books.

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:49 pm
by KurtM
I, for one, am green with envy!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:





(Let me know if you wanna sell 'em... :P )

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Tue Feb 14, 2017 8:48 pm
by 75RR
Great find! Nothing like having the book in your hands. Congratulations.

For the rest of us, we will have to make do with a virtual facsimile:

The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules Vol I: https://archive.org/details/rotiferaorwheela01huds_0

The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules Vol II: https://archive.org/details/rotiferaorwheela02huds_0

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 1:43 am
by rnabholz
Yes, what treasures! I'm with Kurt, green!

But 75's discovery of the digital version is the next best thing!

I love the "voice" of the vintage texts. How about this for a chapter title "On the Haunts and Habits of the Rotifera". Very cool.

Congrats on the books Johann, and thanks for bringing this to all of us 75.

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:29 am
by Johann
I'm amazed by the detail in these books, fascinating to think it was done in the 1800's.

@Glenn: Thanks for the links :)
@Kurt: Sorry, not for sale ;) :P
@Rnab: Also love these vintage texts

( Didnt mean to make you guys green ;) )

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 12:55 pm
by btschumy
Does anyone know how accurate the taxonomy is? Have there been major revisions in the Rotifera classifications since this was written?

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2017 6:15 pm
by charlie g
Thanks for sharing these wonderful texts,Johann..always a treat to open vintage microscopy texts...I hope you have a cabinet to keep your vintage texts in?! I have a few texts by that author you showcase...the vintage texts are a treat!


charlie guevara

Re: The Rotifera or wheel-animalcules

Posted: Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:48 am
by actinophrys
btschumy wrote:Does anyone know how accurate the taxonomy is? Have there been major revisions in the Rotifera classifications since this was written?
It's not quite modern. We still use orders Bdelloida and Ploima but boundaries of the latter have changed, and the other orders are shuffled into it or the Gnesiotrocha. Many of the genera and families hold up, and I gather Hudson & Gosse were key in our classification of illoricate rotifers, which still mostly depends on trophi types. But there are definitely exceptions to watch out for.

And if someone wanted to use this as a guide, the most important difference is that they use Ehrenberg's names for genera, which in many cases had already been named by Bory. Testudinella are thus given as Pterodina, Filinia as Triarthra, Trichotria as Dinocharis, and so on. So you could probably use it for recognition, but would have to use a list of synonyms (e.g. Segers or NIES) to turn that into modern placement.

Johann, exciting to find such a work! I have seen very few actual books on microscopic creatures from that long ago, and always kept in a library rather than store.