To T. H. Huxley 20 February 1
Down Farnborough Kent
My dear Huxley
I send a few specimens of the cementing apparatus of Sessile Cirripedes,2 & shd. be very glad if at some future time you wd have a look at them; merely that I may feel that I have one living witness of this odd structure which I have described.3 I send a single specimen, also, of an ovigerous frænum with its so-called glands;4 as this specimen was in act of moulting it entirely puts out of the question the bodies which you doubt about being foreign organisms.
I saw some time ago that you do not find any anus in the Brachiopod Molluscs;5 I may just mention that this is precisely the case with the Cirripede Alcippe in which rectum & anus are absolutely null.—6
I have this morning just received your Article on Mollusca;7 I am particularly obliged to you for having sent it to me, as I had heard of it & shall be very glad to read it, as indeed everything which you write. But as far as criticism goes, I really do not know enough of the subject to pretend to offer an opinion worth the paper on which it shd be written.
Yours very truly | C. Darwin
This note & specimen &c all goes in a parcel for Dr. Percy.—8
Please look at specimens in following order, with good & varying light & moderately high powers. I shd like to have them back at some future time.— 280. Basal membrane of Coronula; showing cement-glands & ducts simplest structure in any Sessile Cirripede. 219. do of Chelonobia: ducts bifurcating more complicated; cement glands small. 203. do of Elminius: ducts very complicated: main cement trunk tortuous, like a great worm. 285. fragments of basis of Balanus tintinnabulum, after dissolution in acid, showing curious cement glands & bifurcating ducts 179. Piece of ovigerous frænum of Lepas anatiferum, showing glands. N.B. This specimen was in act of moulting, & the old membrane with the old glands & the new membrane with new glands, closely investing the corium, can both be plainly seen. Use th. focal distance & good light.—
Sends specimens of sessile cirripedes for corroboration of their cementing apparatus.
Absence of anus in Brachiopoda and Alcippe cirripedes.
- Letter no.
- Darwin, C. R.
- Huxley, T. H.
- Sent from
- Source of text
- Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine Archives (Huxley 5: 23, 372, 376)
- Physical description
- 4pp, encl Amem 2pp
Please cite as
Darwin Correspondence Project, “Letter no. 1635,” accessed on 22 October 2016, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/DCP-LETT-1635