a sight worth seeing. Care should be taken to keep them with their mouths downwards, and from the sun and light, or their brilliant colours will soon fade."
I must not omit to mention also, the more homely, but at the same time, more useful Spindles and Whelks of our own shores. The former genus (Fusus
) is remarkable for the size of its members. F. antiquus
, the largest of British univalves, being frequently found six and occasionally seven inches in length. This shell is used by the inhabitants of the Shetland Isles as a lamp, suspended horizontally by a cord, the ample cavity being made to hold the oil, and the wick projecting from the canal. The
- ↑ Penn. Cyclop.; art. Entomostomata.