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Excerpt from The Naturalist in AustraliaThe endeavour is made in this volume to present to the English reading public a few glimpses of the Faunal and Floral products of that magnificent component of our Empire - the Island-Continent of Australia.MoreExcerpt from The Naturalist in AustraliaThe endeavour is made in this volume to present to the English reading public a few glimpses of the Faunal and Floral products of that magnificent component of our Empire - the Island-Continent of Australia.No attempt is made here to produce a systematic monograph or anything beyond a general compendium of any particular group or groups, the purpose being more in the direction of recording data concerning the life phenomena or peculiarities of biological types that specially attracted the authors attention during the period of close upon twelve years in which he acted as Commissioner of Fisheries, or specially engaged Fisheries expert to the greater number of the Australian colonies, and in the fulfilment of which professional engagements he extended his travels throughout the entire Australian coast-line.The material here selected for description and illustration will, it is trusted, assist towards the promotion of a wider interest in the natural history wealth in sea and on shore possessed by the Australian peoples, and conduce towards its more intimate investigation both by dwellers on the land and by systematic explorers. Concerning many of the subjects here dealt with, as for example the form, habits, and architectural fabrications of the Termites and the varieties, distribution, and bizarre manners of many members of the Bird and Lizard races, a wide field is open both for original investigation and for inexhaustible recreation to every intelligent observer.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.