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“A popular name of the species of actinia and some other Actiniadae. It seems to have been first applied to them about a century ago by Ellis, one of the most celebrated investigators of the department of natural history to which they belong, who remarks that ‘their tentacles, being disposed in regular circles, and tinged with a variety of bright lively colors, very nearly represent the beautiful petals of some of our most elegantly fringed and radiated flowers, such as the carnation, marigold, and anemone.’” — Chambers’ Encyclopedia, 1875


Sea Cucumbers


Chambers's Encyclopedia (Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1875)


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