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II. Jacques Loeb. A Contribution lo the Physiology of Coloration in Ajiimals 161-164.
II. Jacques Loeb. A Contribution lo the Physiology of Coloration in Ajiimals 161-164.
III. W. S. Miller. The Structure of the Lnng 165-188
III. W. S. Miller. The Structure of the Lung 165-188
IV. Albert C. Eycleshymer. The Developme7it of the Optic Vesicles in Amphibia 189-194
IV. Albert C. Eycleshymer. The Development of the Optic Vesicles in Amphibia 189-194
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With the Co-operation of EDWARD PHELPS ALLIS, junr. Milwaukee.

Vol. VIII.



No. I. — April, 1893

I. Wm. M. Wheeler. A Contribution to Insect Embryology . 1-160

II. Jacques Loeb. A Contribution lo the Physiology of Coloration in Ajiimals 161-164.

III. W. S. Miller. The Structure of the Lung 165-188

IV. Albert C. Eycleshymer. The Development of the Optic Vesicles in Amphibia 189-194

No. 2. — May, 1893

I. J. S. Kingsley. The Embryology of Linmlits {Part II) . 195-268

II. Edwin O. Jordan. The Habits and Development of the Newt 269-366

III. WiLLLAM A. LOCY. The Formation of the Mediillary Groove in the Elasmobranchs

IV. Howard Ayers. Some Nerve-Mnscle Experiments on the s , 379-392

V. Alice L. Gaule. Biological Changes in the Spleen of the Frog 393-414

VI. F. Mall. Histogenesis of the Retina in Amblystoma and Nectnnis 415-432

VII. S. Watase. Homology of the Centrosome .... 433-444

No. 3. — August, 1893

I, Howard Ayers. The Auditory or Hair-cells of the Ear and their Relations to the Auditory Nerve 445-466

II. Herbert P. Johnson, A Contribution to the Morphology and Biology of the Stentors 467-562

III. Louise B. Wallace. The Structure and Development of the Axillary Gland of Batrachus . . . 563-568

IV. F. R. Lillie. Preliminary Accoimt of the Embryology of Unio Complanata 569-578

V. Edmund B. Wilson. Amphioxus, and the Mosaic Theory of Development 579-638

VI. C. O. Whitman. The Inadequacy of the Cell-Theory of Development 639-658





Introduction 2

I. The embryonic development of the Locustidas 3

1. The oviposition of Xiphidiiun ensiferum, Scud. 3

2. The formation of the Xiphidium embryo audits backward passage

through the yolk 5

(a) Description of surface changes beginning with the completed

blastoderm 5

(b) The indusiiun {prmoral organ) in section 12

3. The develop7nent of the embryo from the time of its reaching the

dorsal surface of the yolk to revolution 18

4. Variations in the development of the indtisium 25

5. The revolution of the embryo 27

6. The stages intervening between revolution and hatching. 29

7. The development of Orchelimtim vtilgare 35

II. Gastrulation in the Orthoptera 3^

III. The indusium and its homologues in the Arthropoda 55

IV. General consideration of the embryonic envelopes and revolution of

the insect embryo 59

1. The amotion and serosa 59

2. The yolk ^+

3. Blastoki7tesis ^7

4. The elimination of the embryonic envelopes 7^


V. Neurogenesis in the Insecta 82

1. The nerve-cord 82.

2. The brain 99

3. General remarks on the nervous system 108

VI. The development of the reproductive organs in the Insecta 113

1. The gonads 1 13

2. The male ducts 116

3. The female ducts 119

4. General considerations 126

VII. The subcesophageal body in Xiphidium and Blatta 136

VIII. Technique I39

IX. Bibliography 143

Description of the plates 150-160

The very primitive and synthetic character of the Orthoptera has long been recognized by systematists and comparative anatomists, but the full importance of the group from an embryological standpoint has been but little appreciated, owing to the meagre and fragmentary nature of the observations hitherto published. For this reason I have made the Orthoptera the starting point of my studies, with a view to determining their relations, on the one hand to the Apterygota and on the other to the higher Pterygote orders. Only a portion of the evidence bearing on these relationships is presented in the following paper ; a number of observations on the Malpighian vessels, corpus adiposum, oenocyte-clusters and abdominal appendages will be published as separate papers.

I have devoted more attention to Xiphidium than to other Orthoptera, partly because the Locustidae occupy a somewhat central position in the order, and partly because this curious form exhibits in its embryogeny better than any other insect hitherto studied, the co-existence of certain very ancient with very modern characters.

My German co-workers in the field of insect development will probably regard my treatment of the literature as rather perfunctory ; but Prof. Graber, Dr. H eider and others have given from time to time such complete resumes of past and current literature that I feel justified in departing from the general custom. If I have failed to give credit where it is due,


I beg that this may be regarded as a fault of omission and not as a fault of commission.

I would express my sincere gratitude to Prof. C. O. Whitman for his kindly guidance and friendly counsel throughout the progress of my work in his laboratory at Clark University during the autumn and winter, and at the Marine Biological Laboratory during the summer months, of 1891 and 1892. I am also indebted to Mr. S. H. Scudder for the identification of several Orthoptera.

I. The Embryonic Development of the Locustid^e.

I. The Oviposition of XipJiidiiim ensifenim, Scud.

Xiphidiiint ensifenim, Scudder, a very common Locustid in Wisconsin and the neighboring states, deposits its eggs in the silvery napiform galls produced by Cecidomyia gnaphaloides (and perhaps allied species) on the low willows that abound in the marshy lands and along small water courses. I have found the insect ovipositing from the middle of August to the middle of September. It thrusts its ensate ovipositor in between the imbricated scales of the gall and places its eggs singly or in a more or less even row with their long axes directed like the long axis of the gall. The eggs are completely concealed by the scales, the overlapping edges of which spring back to their original positions as soon as the ovipositor is withdrawn. The number of eggs deposited in a gall varies greatly: sometimes but two or three will be found; more frequently from fifty to one hundred; in one small gall I counted 170 and I have opened a few which contained more. Sometimes as many as ten eggs will be found under a single scale; when this is the case, the eggs adhere to one another and are more or less irregularly arranged, as if two or three insects had in succession oviposited in the same place.

The Cecidomyia galls vary considerably in shape: some are long and more or less fusiform, others are spheroidal. In the former variety the scales are pointed and flat, while in the latter they are rounded and have their median concave portions less closely applied to the convex surfaces of the scales


which they overlap. These differences materially affect the eggs, for many of those thrust in between the closely appressed scales of the spindle-shaped galls are so much flattened as to be incapable of developing; on the other hand the eggs deposited in the more spacious interstices of the globular galls are usually in no wise injured. The two forms of gall do not always occur in the same locality and may be the productions of two distinct species of Cccidoviyia or of one species on different willows. The Locustids, however, seem to show no preference for the globular galls.

The galls of Cccidomyia, being essentially stem-galls, do not drop to the ground in the autumn like the various leafgalls on the willows, but persist through several seasons. Although the insects are not averse to ovipositing in the fresh galls, they nevertheless seem to prefer these blackened and weather-beaten specimens, probably because their scales are more easily forced apart.

I have called attention to the fact ('90^) that X. cnsiferiivi departs widely in its habits of oviposition from its congeners, several of which are known to lay their eggs in the pith of easily penetrated twigs, like the species of the allied genus Orcheliimivi. X. cnsifcriim has evidently found it of great advantage to make use of the galls so abundant in its native haunts. So recent may be the acquisition of this habit, that on further investigation some females may, perhaps, even now be found to have a tendency to oviposit, like ConocepJialus ensiger, between the root-leaves and stems of plants, or even in the plant tissues. It still occasionally happens that the eggs are run through or into the tissues of the gall-scales, and not loosely deposited. The fact that the insects have not yet learned to distinguish the kind of gall best adapted to their purposes, lends some support to the view that it is not so very long since X. ensiferum agreed with its congeners in habits of oviposition.^

1 In the vicinity of Worcester, Mass., I found galls very similar to those formed on the Wisconsin willows. They contained a few slender yellow eggs, smaller than those of X. ettsifcrinu. As this species does not occur in New England I conclude that these eggs were probably deposited by the very common X. fasciaturn, De Geer.


2. The Formation of the Embryo and its Backward Passage

Through the Yolk.


The sub-opaque, cream-colored ^^g of Xiphidiiim is elongate oval, 3-5 mm. long and i mm. broad through its middle. One of its poles is distinctly more attenuate than the other, and there is a faint curvature in the polar axis which causes one side of the Q.^g to be distinctly convex and the other distinctly concave. The broader pole is the posterior, and is the first to leave the vagina during oviposition; the attenuate pole is, therefore, the anterior. In the galls the eggs stand with their attenuate poles pointing upwards. The convex face of the Q.^g is the ventral, the concave face the dorsal region. Inasmuch as the Q.g^ undergoes no change in shape during development, it is easy to orient the embryo in its different stages. This is of considerable importance, as will appear from the sequel.

The yolk is pale yellow and very similar in constitution to the yolk of other Orthopteran eggs. It is enclosed by a thin leathery chorion which suddenly becomes transparent on immersion in alcohol. When dry it is white, and the creamy color of the ^^% is due to the yellow yolk shining through. As in Blatta, the chorion is the only envelope of the freshly laid ^^■g ; what I described in a former paper ('90b) as the vitelline membrane is in reality comparable to a " Blastodermhaut " as I shall point out.

The chorion varies somewhat in thickness at different points in the ^gg, being ii/^ towards the middle and 19/x at the poles. It is quite elastic and when cut curls in at the edges. Its inner surface is very smooth, while outwardly it is covered with round or oval projections which measure about 3. //a in diameter. They are flattened at their summits and are placed so closely together that only narrow channels run between them and give the chorion the appearance of being covered with a fine net of nearly uniform meshes. On closer examination it is seen that the projections are arranged in hexagonal groups. These are very distinct at either pole but fade away


on the median portions of the Qgg till they become very difficult to resolve. They evidently coincide with the areas covered by the polygonal cells of the follicular epithelium.

No traces of micropyles could be found. Their absence in Xiphidmni is of interest, since Leuckart (-55) long since described and figured them in several European Locustidae {Mcconenia, Decticits, Locusta, Ephippigerd) . In these genera they consist of funnel-like perforations on the ventral surface of the chorion either near the anterior pole or nearer the middle of the ^gg.

The preblastodermic stages were not studied. They probably resemble the corresponding stages of Blatta, of which I have given a detailed account in a former paper ('89).

When fully formed the XipJtidhim blastoderm, like that of Blatta, consists of a thin sheet of cells, that have in part reached the surface from the interior of the Qgg, and are in part derived from these centrifugal cells by tangential division after their arrival at the surface. Numerous cells — the future vitellophags — are to be found at different points in the yolk. Whether they are derived from the incompleted blastoderm by centripetal division, or are inhibited before reaching the surface, my limited observations will not permit me to decide.

The cells forming the blastoderm are polygonal, much flattened and of uniform size and distribution. Those on the center of the convex, or ventral face of the Q,gg soon begin to change their dimensions; from being broad and flat, they become more nearly cubical, their lenticular nuclei again assuming the spherical or oval shape which they had in preblastodermic stages. These changes take place over a limited and somewhat oval area and result in the formation of the ventral plate. The few eggs that I have been able to find in the very first stages after the completion of the blastoderm leave me in some doubt as to the exact process whereby the embryo is established. I am satisfied, however, that the thickening and narrowing of the individual blastodermic cells does not take place simultaneously over the whole ventral plate area, but that there appear, as in the crustacean egg {e.g. Astacus, Homanis), several discrete centres about which the


cells are at first more closely aggregated. The spaces between these centres are subsequently filled in by tangential celldivisions. Of such centres I can distinguish four: two of them, the precursors of the procepbalic lobes, are paired, while the other two form respectively the growing caudal end of the ventral plate and what I shall call the indusium.^ The indusial centre, which does not make its appearance till a short time after the other centres are formed, does not join the body of the embryo till after the spaces between the procephalic and caudal centres are filled in. This is distinctly seen in Fig. I (Stage A) where the somewhat T-shaped embryo is already established and distinctly marked off, at least posteriorly, from the undifferentiated blastoderm. The nuclei of the blastoderm are as yet no larger than the nuclei of the ventral plate. Numerous caryokinetic figures in all parts of the embryo bear witness to active cell proliferation. No such figures were to be seen in the extra-embryonal blastoderm during and after this stage. The ventral plate including the indusium is scarcely a fifth as long as the ^%g, being much smaller in proportion to the size of the yolk than in some other Orthoptera {Blatta, Gryllotalpd).

The blastopore is seen in the stage figured as a very narrow but distinct groove extending from the oral region to the caudal end of the embryo, where it bifurcates before its termination. The infolded cells give rise to the mesoderm and also, I believe, to the entoderm.

In XipJiidiimi the three folds that form the amnion and serosa arise like their homologues in Blatta. The first appears as a crescentic duplication surrounding the caudal end; thence it grows forward and after enveloping the whole postoral portion of the embryo coalesces with the two head-folds, each of which arises from the edge of a procephalic lobe. The progress of the anal fold is shown in Fig. 2 (Stage B) PI. I. Although agreeing in its main features with what has been described for most insect embryos, the process of envelope ^In a preliminary note ('9C) this structure was called the praeoral plate (Praoralplatte). Many reasons have led me to abandon this term together with others referring to the parts of the organ in its subsequent development.


formation in XipJiidiiiviy is, nevertheless, peculiar in two respects: first, the envelopes are so closely applied to the germ-band that in surface view their advancing edges can be detected only with difficulty, though they may be distinctly seen in sections; second, the point of closure of the envelopes is situated further forward on the head than in Blatta, HydrophihLS, DorypJiora, etc. This I infer from an embryo, which I figure (Fig. 15. PI. II.) Here the cells and nuclei of the amnion, and serosa have become much larger than the cells and nuclei of the embryo. The edges of the folds are unusually distinct and enclose a circular space through which the oral and praeoral regions are clearly visible. On the median anterior edge of the head the amnion and serosa are completely interrupted. In no other insects have I found the envelopes lacking on the anterior edge of the head in so late a stage. This fact is probably significant when taken in connection with changes about to occur in front of the head.

The wide procephalic lobes are succeeded by the strap-shaped body In this a number of segments have made their appearance. These are in order from before backwards: the mandibular {7nd. s), the first maxillary {inx. s^), the second maxillary, (inx. S-) the three thoracic (/. s'^-p. j3), and the first abdominal (a. j-i). Further back lies a small segment which is incompletely constricted off from the first abdominal and which I take to be the proliferating terminal segment, or telson. The seven segments depicted in the figure are undoubtedly definitive segments. The manner of their appearance will be clear from a glance at Fig. I. In A the ligulate part of the germ-band is seen to be faintly constricted at its base into two segments with indications of a third. In B, a slightly later stage, four definitive postoral segments are present, but a portion of the germ-band still remains unsegmented. This is, however, soon broken up into segments and we reach the stage in Fig. 15, PI. II. It will be observed that the embryos in Fig. I are in many respects older than that in Fig. 15, PI. II. The antennae have made their appearance and the amnioserosal fold has closed completely. These embryos prove several points: — first, that the wave of metameric segmen


tation passes from before backwards dividing the germ-band into 7 or 8 segments; second, that these segments are the definitive segments and not macrosomites, or complexes of definitive segments; and third, that there is considerable variation in the time when segmentation sets in. To these points I may add a fourth : segmentation appears first in the ectoderm and only somewhat later in the mesoderm.






Fig. I. A and B. Isolated embryos of Xiphidiiim in successive stages of metamerization. ind., indusium ; pd., procephalic lobe ; st., stomodaeum ; at., antenna ; nid. s., mandibular segment ; mx. s\ first ; nix. 5^ second, maxillary segment ; p. s\ prothoracic segment.

The indusium (Fig. i 5,/. o.) is still only a rounded thickening of the blastoderm. Its small deep cells are continuous through a zone of larger cells with the relatively very large and flat elements of the primitive cell-layer. Two broad and flat commissures appear to connect the organ with the procephalic lobes. Thus a small space containing a few larger cells is enclosed between the indusium and the head of the embryo. This space (j), seen as a clear spot in surface view, lies at the breach in the envelopes. In many embryos the indusium is


united with the head of the embryo (Fig. I, A and B) before the stage of Fig. 15 and soon after this stage is, I believe, normally united with it. This union is probably purely mechanical — the organ remaining at its place of origin on the surface of the yolk, while the embryo lengthens till its head unites with the posterior end of the organ. This union is of brief duration as is seen in Fig. 3 (Stage C).

During this stage the caudal tip of the embryo shows a tendency to bury itself in the yolk. The amnion and serosa,^ hitherto closely applied to each other, now separate at the caudal end, where, as I have said, they first arose as a crescentic fold. Soon the tendency to enter the yolk becomes more pronounced so that the tail curls back and leaves the ventral face of the q,^%. Meanwhile the remainder of the embryo moves down the ventral face a short distance, thus pushing its tail still further into the yolk and causing the separation of the envelopes to advance still further headwards. The indusium does not accompany the embryo in this movement, but remains nearly or quite stationary ; consequently the head gradually separates from the organ till it is connected only by means of a slender band of cells in the median line. (Fig. 3 and Fig. 16.) This link soon ruptures and the indusium is set adrift from the embryo, or, more precisely, the embryo is set adrift from the indusium. (Fig. 4, Stage D.) In profile the embryo now resembles the small letter j, — the dot being supplied by the isolated indusium.

Important changes begin to affect the indusium during or more frequently just after its separation from the embryo. The closely packed cells at the periphery, as indicated by their nuclei, begin to arrange themselves radially (Fig. 16). Some of the large nuclei of the serosa may be seen encroaching on the edges of the disk from all sides, leaving only the median portion free. Sections show that the organ is now forming an amnion like that of an embryo. In the middle of the disk appear several shrunken but distinctly defined nuclei which are proved by focusing to be confined to the surface of the organ.^

1 Only four of these peculiar bodies are represented in the figure {nii)\ there were several others in the same preparation, but for the sake of clearness I have omitted them in the drawing.


The serosal fold continues to advance from all sides till the organ is entirely covered. Viewed from its ventral surface the egg now has the appearance of Fig. 4 (Stage D). Here the indusium is cordate in outline and somewhat larger than usual. Of the abdomen only the two basal segments still remain on the ventral face of the egg ; the remaining segments curl back into the yolk.

During this and the two preceding stages the cephalic and thoracic appendages have become distinctly established as rounded lateral outgrowth of their respective segments. The antenna {at) originate as lobular outgrowth from the posterior edges of the procephalic lobes. They are distinctly postoral in origin. The margins of the triangular oral orifice are somewhat swollen; the anterior edge, where the labrum is about to appear, is cleft in the median line (Fig. 16). The three thoracic segments are very slightly or no broader than the two maxillary segments. The appendages of these five segments are also alike in size, shape, and position. In very early stages of other insect embryos, even before the amnion and serosa are fully formed, the thoracic become broader than the maxillary segments, and the legs, as soon as they appear, may be readily distinguished from the two pairs of maxillae by their greater size and prominence. The Locustid embryo, therefore, has even a stronger tendency to revert to annelid-like or myriopod-like ancestors than is apparent in any of the other insects whose ontogenies have been investigated.

The mandibular segment of XipJiidium like that of other insects, is somewhat retarded in its development. Between this and the antennary segment careful study of sections and surface preparations reveals the presence of another segment, shown very distinctly in outline in Fig. 16 (/r. J-.). This is no other than what I have called the intercalary segment in Doryphora. It is the tritocerebrum of Viallanes ('90^- '90^).

The embryo continues to move back into the yolk, following the curved path established by the inflexion of the posterior segments till its tail is finally arrested by striking the serosa on the dorsal surface. At this time the embryo has the form of an arc subtending the dorsoventral diameter of the ^%g.


Returning to consider the indusium, we find that it begins to increase in size before the embryo's head leaves the ventral face. The organ stains much less deeply, and even in surface view its expansion may be seen to be due to a flattening of its component cells. In Fig. 5 (Stage E) is represented an embryo merged in the yolk up to the first maxillary segment. The indusium extends around on either side nearly to the middle of the lateral face of the ^gg. Either the transition of the embryo takes place rapidly or the organ changes very gradually, for the latter is in about the same stage after the embryo has become established on the dorsal surface. The manner in which the expansion of the indusium is brought about will be apparent when I come to describe its structure in sections.


As will be seen from the preceding account, the indusium is simply a circular thickening of the blastoderm, situated in the median line, between and a little in front of the procephalic lobes. It does not arise as a part of the ventral plate but as a separate centre which is at first merely a cluster of blastoderm cells that have changed from the pavement to the cubical or columnar type. This centre is further increased in breadth and thickness by caryokinesis. In the earliest stages examined, sections of the organ show the same cell-structure as sections of the procephalic lobes.

Median longitudinal sections of the embryo in Stage C are interesting as showing the relations of the indusium to the embryo and its envelopes. I reproduce such a section in Fig. 21, PI. III. Here the organ (/. 0) appears as a large flattened cell-aggregate somewhat thinner in the centre than nearer its periphery. Owing to the shape of the mass, the median cells, as indicated by their nuclei, are arranged with their long axes perpendicular to the flat outer surface of the organ, while the cells of the thickened lateral portions become gradually more oblique till those on the extreme periphery assume the same position as the serosa cells (j.). The nuclei are most frequently


situated at the inner ends of the cells so that masses of enucleate protoplasm are left at the surface. Posteriorly the organ is linked to the embryo by means of a few flattened cells. In the section two of these cells are seen at z differing in no wise from the serosal elements {s) in front and on either side of the organ ; the upper cell passes directly into the serosa covering the embryo, while the lower abuts on the cells that form the transition from the ectoderm to the amnion. The ectodermal layer of the embryo {ec) is nearly as thick as the indusium and of similar cytological structure. The beginning of the stomodaeal invagination is shown at o.

The next section figured (Fig. 17 PI. II) is from an indusium in a somewhat younger stage than that represented in surface view in Fig. 2. Being transverse the section shows an evenly convex outer surface, continuous with the surface of the serosa {s) enveloping the yolk. The cell-contours are still visible and show that the cells constituting the median portion of the organ are polygonal. The nuclei of these elements are spherical or oval and contain one, or more rarely, two nucleoli besides the usual chromosomes. In the peripheral ring-shaped thickening the cells {d) are larger and pyramidal or fusiform in outline, while their nuclei differ in no wise from the nuclei of the median cells. The serosal cells stain more deeply than the cells of the organ, as may be seen at s where a single cell overlaps the edge of the disk. This depth of color is apparently purely optical, being due to the greater size and flatness of the serosal nuclei. The walls of both the small polygonal and larger pyramidal elements fade away towards the surface, where the bodies of the different cells become confluent to form a homogeneous mass.

In this surface-mass of protoplasm which takes the normal pink stain in borax carmine, are to be found several of the peculiar nuclei, mentioned above as distinctly discernible from the surface (Fig. 16). They differ markedly in structure and appearance from the normal nuclei in the inner portions of the indusium as will be seen by comparing the cells of Fig. 24 with those in Fig. 23, both of which figures were drawn with a high power. The normal cells (Fig. 23) have spherical or

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oval, evenly rounded nuclei with one or two nucleoli and their chromatin is distributed in what I take to be the typical resting reticulum. The caryolymph, or Kernsaft, is faintly stainable. On the other hand, in the nuclei of Fig. 24 the nuclear wall is very irregular, the caryolymph much more limpid and refractive and the chromatic reticulum has coarser meshes. The chromatic nodes of the reticulum are larger than in Fig. 23 and seem to be applied to the indentations of the nuclear wall. Nucleoli appear to be absent. These specialized nuclei also vary greatly in size. In a series of sections it is easy to find nuclei intermediate between the two extremes here described, being evenly rounded but with colorless caryolymph and coarse chromatic reticulum. A cluster of four such nuclei is shown at nn'^ Fig. 17. These intermediate forms, occurring as they usually do, between the normal and the modified nuclei may be taken to indicate that the nuclei of the extreme types are genetically connected. Some of the normal nuclei probably leave their respective cells in the median portions of the organ and move up into the syncytial protoplasmic layer, undergoing the modification in structure during their emigration. When they have reached their destination they are perhaps broken down and converted into protoplasm. Certain it is that later no traces of them are to be found in the indusium. I do not believe that I am here considering collapsed and distorted caryokinetic figures, as these delicate structures are quite faithfully preserved in eggs killed by means of heat. The distorted nuclei are not confined to the indusium but occur also in the ectoderm of the embryo itself.

When the organ has reached the state just described it usually separates from the head of the embryo; it may, however, remain attached for some time longer. Like the embryo it is now an isolated body lying on the yolk; but unlike the embryo it is still only a part of the serosal envelope (which is itself only the extra-embryonal portion of the blastoderm). The serosa is a closed sack enveloping the whole yolk and the indusium is simply a swelling at one point on its inner face. (Fig. II, A.) The process of envelope formation which now begins in the indusium is much less clear than the cor


responding process already completed in the embryo. From among the numerous preparations which I have made I select for illustration one (Fig. 18) which seems to show the process clearly. In surface view the organ would appear as in Fig. 3, The spreading of the serosal cells over the edges of the disk from all sides is now seen to be due to a process of induplication, or folding. The circular fold is, of course, cut in two places in the median transverse section figured. It advances in such a manner as to leave the outer face of the indusium evenly rounded and undisturbed, the upper surface of the fold usually forming a continuous line both with the outer surface of the serosa and with the median still uncovered portion of the organ. The fold continues to advance from all sides till the layers of which it consists meet and become confluent in essentially the same manner as the folds that form the amniotic and serosal layers over the embryo proper. We now have three layers of cells. (Fig. 19.) The outermost layer, s, is the serosa which has everywhere the same structure and evenly envelops the whole Qgg, having been separated first from the embryo and now by a similar process also from the indusium (Fig. II, B). The innermost layer consists of the unchanged greater portion of the organ. The median layer, to judge from its component cells, seems to be derived exclusively from cells of the original body of the organ and not from the serosa. This layer is, therefore, like the amnion of the embryo proper, structurally more closely related to the body it envelops than to the serosa. Fig. 18 favors this conclusion, which presupposes that only the outer half of the circular fold is derived from the serosa, for in this section the lower and thicker layer of the fold on either side certainly consists of cells derived from the body of the organ. Even before the layers are fully formed the edges of the twolayered organ are sharp and somewhat irregular (Fig. 18), not rounded like the edges of the embryo when its amnion is completed. The whole organ still has essentially the same form that it had in the stage represented in Fig. 17.

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I shall retain the old name; the corresponding envelope of the indusium and the body of the organ will be designated as the outer and inner indusium respectively.

In by far the greater number of cases the process of



Fig. II. Diagrams illustrating the movements and envelopes of the Xiphidhtm embryo. A, after the closure of the amnioserosal folds ; B, during the embryo's passage to the dorsal surface ; C, just after the straightening of the embryo on the dorsal surface, ind., indusium — afterwards forming /wo'S the inner, and ind^, the outer indusium ; ch., chorion ; sr., serosa ; am., amnion ; gb., germ-band ; v., yolk ; bl. c, Blastodermhaut.

envelope formation over the indusium is much obscured by rapid slurring. In fact the whole process has frequently the appearance of being due rather to a shifting and migration of cells than to the formation of true folds. The cells of the serosa seem to creep over the disk while the cells forming the



edge of the organ itself appear to creep along under and a little in the rear of the advancing serosal elements. I cannot here go into greater detail without unduly increasing the number of my figures. Nor is it necessary, since it will, I believe, be



Fig. II.

Diagrams illustrating the movements and envelopes of the Xiphidium embryo. D, the stage of the shortened embryo on the dorsal yolk ; E, embryo returning to the ventral surface ; F, embryo nearly ready to hatch, ch., chorion ; bl. c, Blastodermhaut ; sr., serosa; ind'^, outer indusium ; ind'^, inner indusium ; ind'^ -\- am., inner indusium and amnion fused ; am., amnion ; ind^ c, cuticle of the inner indusium ; ind^ s., granular secretion of the inner indusium ; am. s., amniotic secretion ; v., yolk ; cl., columella ; gb., germ-band.

acceded that the process briefly described in the above paragraph, though now occurring in comparatively few embryos, is very probably the more primitive process, whereas the slurring observed in so many cases is to be attributed to an unquestionably rudimental condition of the organ.

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By the time the folds have closed over the indusium the abdomen of the embryo has sunk into the yolk to a considerable extent, presenting in surface view the appearance of Fig. 4. The organ seems to undergo no further change till the embryo has almost left the ventral face of the Qgg. Then, as we have seen, it begins to increase by spreading. An early stage in this process is shown in section in Fig. 20. No change is perceptible in the serosa, which is now independent of the organ ; the outer indusium {am^) is much attenuated, as may be seen by comparison with Fig. 19. Its cells have assumed the same shape and dimensions as those of the superjacent serosa ; only along the edges of the disk, where the outer becomes continous with the inner indusium, or body of the organ, do the cells still retain their original shapes. In the body of the organ the cells are arranged in two irregular rows, whereas in the previous stage (Fig. 20) there were three. This diminution in the number of cell-rows is the result of horizontal spreading, a process which also accounts for the stretching of the outer indusium as indicated by the flatness of its cells. At nn is seen one of the large modified nuclei, which has persisted unusually late.

In Fig. 22 I give a section of the indusium seen in surface view in Fig. 5. The spreading of the cells has processed till the oro-an lies like a saddle on the ventral face of the egg, covering nearly half of its circumference. The serosal layer (s) is, of course, unaffected. The outer indusium {am'^) is stretched to such an extent that its cells are united only by an exceedingly thin and in many places, almost imperceptible layer of protoplasm. The inner indusium now consists of a single row of cells, instead of two rows as in the preceding stage. It is in about the same state of tension as the outer layer in Fig. 19.

3. The Development of the Embryo from the Time of its ReacJiinz the Dorsal Yolk to Revolution.

In the foregoing paragraphs the development of the embryo was traced to Stage E, when the germ-band hangs festoon-like


in the yolk with its ceplialic amnion applied to the ventral serosa and the amnion overlying its terminal abdominal segments applied to the serosa covering the dorsal yolk. No sooner has the caudal end become fixed than the head is detached from the ventral face of the q%% and the embryo swings back, straightens out, and becomes applied full length to the dorsal serosa. The movements whereby this condition is attained resemble the movements of a leech in passing from one side of a test-tube to the opposite surface; holding fast to the glass by means of the oral sucker, the tail is stretched out till it reaches the opposite surface, when the anterior end is loosened and the body drawn over. There is, however, a marked difference between the embryo and the leech since the body of the former is not contracted during its transition.

Fig. 5 represents a rather rare condition in that the procephalic lobes lie at the same level and are symmetrically disposed with respect to the long axis of the Q.gg, More frequently the germ-band is twisted during its transition so that one of the procephalic lobes reaches further forward than the other on the surface of the yolk. Sometimes it is the left lobe which extends further forward but more frequently it is the right. The twist in the germ-band occurs in the thoracic or abdominal region, more often in the former, the abdomen being nearly straight. I take this twisting of the embryonic axis to indicate that the germ-band executes a screw-like movement while penetrating the yolk, and I believe it to be perfectly normal, having observed it in the majority of embryos. Traces of this twisting are clearly discernible even in embryos which have almost straightened on the dorsal surface.

As a consequence of the passage of the embryo through the yolk in the manner above described, the germ-band has shifted its position from the median convex ventral to the median concave dorsal surface of the yolk, so that it is now reversed : originally its head pointed to the tapering anterior pole, now it lies with its head directed towards the blunt posterior pole of the Qgg. The amnion, of course, accompanies and remains in close contact with the ventral surface of the embryo during all this time.


During or more frequently at the close of the embryo's migration the primary serosa secretes from its whole outer surface a thin chitinous cuticle. In my preliminary notes ('90' '90°) I wrongly designated this cuticle as the vitelline membrane, an error which is, to a certain extent, pardonable, inasmuch as the layer in question is structurally exactly like the vitelline membranes of other insects. But it certainly cannot be homologized with these membranes since it is secreted during a comparatively advanced stage by an embryonic cell-layer, the serosa, and not by the surface protoplasm of the unsegmented ^g%.

As soon as the embryo has taken up its position on the dorsal surface, the yolk segments ; each vitellophag appropriating as many of the yolk-bodies as the radiating filaments of its cytoplasm can hold together and fashion into a rounded mass. Apparently the process is delayed in order that the passage of the embryo through the yolk may be facilitated, for obviously the embryo will move more easily over a prescribed path through a mass of small mobile particles than between large masses formed by the aggregation of such particles. The yolk-masses, at first very distinctly marked, soon fuse with one another so that their boundaries can be traced only by reference to their centres, which coincide with the nuclei of the vitellophags.

After leaving the ventral face of the q%^ the embryo increases greatly in length. Just before burying its tail in the yolk and while still completely on the ventral surface it measured only .7 mm.; now it measures 1.7 mm. This increase in length, as will be inferred from the foregoing description, is due to two causes : an intercalation of new segments in front of the anal plate to complete the abdomen, and a stretching of the segments thus arising.

A glance at Fig. 6, which represents an embryo in the stage of its greatest elongation on the dorsal surface, shows that many important changes have taken place since it left the ventral surface. The cephalic and thoracic appendages have assumed a more definite character. The labrum (lb) has suddenly appeared, the first and second maxillae (tnx^, mx~) have


each become trilobed, while the metathoracic leg (/3) already exhibits unmistakable traces of its characteristic thickening in the larva and imago. The pleuropodia (//. (ap^)) stand out clearly from the edges of the first abdominal segment. Shining through the stretched ectodermal layer of the abdominal segments may be seen the paired mesodermal somites (coe), or mesomeres. The anal plate with its pair of cerci (^r. (ap^^)), and the anus are definitely established. A faint neural furrow runs from the mouth to the anus, and in the thoracic region faint metameric indications of the ganglia are apparent. All these important changes have taken place within the yolk during the transition of the embryo. This renders their study on hardened material very difficult, for although the embryo may be dissected away from the yolk, it is so much curved that it can be mounted only in pieces, and the yolk is at this period so difficult to cut that only fragmentary series of sections can be obtained.

One of the most interesting changes undergone while the embryo is still in the yolk is the appearance of the labrum. In Fig. 6 (Stage F) the labrum is a distinctly unpaired circular appendage. But that it has a paired origin I infer from a transverse section, part of which is represented in Fig. 35. This passes just in front of the mouth of an embryo but little older than Stage E. The appendage {lb.) is here seen to be distinctly bilobed although it does not yet project beyond the general level of the head. This bilateral condition is speedily slurred over and the organ grows into an unpaired and in most embryos perfectly circular disk overhanging the mouth. Very rarely, as in Fig. 7 it may show traces of its paired origin even during later stages.

Let us return to the indusium which we left as a thin round plate gradually spreading over the yolk just beneath the ventral serosa. The outlines of this plate are not always circular but exhibit traces of lobulation (Fig. 5). The spreading is at first uniform along its whole circumference so that the organ soon assumes the shape of a circular scroll clasping the egg. Its lateral edges approximate on the dorsal surface just over the ventral face of the embryo but are temporarily arrested



in their growth before they unite. The anterior and posterior edges, however, continue to advance without interruption, so that the disk if spread out on a plane surface would in its successive stages represent a series of ellipses with constant short axis but continually increasing longitudinal axis. In this manner the disk grows towards either pole while enveloping the ^gg laterally. The edges of the organ continue to approximate on the dorsal surface but stop growing just before they meet. Hence, when the egg is viewed from the dorsal surface a long, narrow slit is seen extending nearly its entire length and separating the dorsal edges of the organ. It is not till the anterior and posterior edges have nearly or quite reached their respective poles that this slit closes with the fusion of the edges of the organ. The raphe is at first so weak that the edges may be broken apart by slight pressure with the needles, but it soon becomes permanent and the Qgg is now completely enveloped by two further membranes — the inner and outer indusia. Before the fusion of these two membranes the amnion of the embryo was in contact with the serosa but now that the edges of the indusia have worked their way in between the serosa and amnion, the latter comes to lie in contact with the inner indusium. Henceforth the serosa is excluded from taking any part in the development of the embryo; both its position and function are now usurped by the inner indusium.

One is enabled to follow the different stages in the progress of the indusium, from its disk-like condition on the ventral yolk to the complete union of its dorsad-growing edges, by means of a peculiar secretion of its inner layer. This is a brownish or blackish granular substance, probably some urate, which appears to be secreted by all the cells of the inner indusium and which gives the organ the appearance of a large brown blotch in a stage a little older than E. At first pale and hardly perceptible, this spot gradually deepens in color till its advancing edges become distinctly outlined on the underlying yolk. A clear idea of the closure of the edges may be obtained from Fig. Ill, A-C. The dark granular secretion is shown in Fig. 6 at envl.


Soon after the union of the edges of the outer and inner indusial layers a chitinious cuticle is secreted by the outer surface of the latter. This cuticle is thicker and seems to be of a deeper hue than the cuticle secreted by the serosa. It



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Fig. III.

Two stages in the spreading of the indusium. A, lateral view of egg just after the arrival of the embryo on the dorsal yolk ; B, lateral view of the egg with the indusium nearly reaching the poles ; C, same egg seen from the dorsal surface.

definitely excludes the outer indusium from any further share in the development of the embryo. Even in Stage E, this celllayer was reduced to an exceedingly thin membrane. (PI. Ill, Fig. 22, am.^) It seems to fuse with the serosa and to retain a connection with the inner indusium only at the ex


treme anterior pole of the egg. I confess, however, that my observations on this envelope are rather unsatisfactory.

After the completion of the processes described in the preceding paragraphs we may distinguish several envelopes in a median transverse section of the ^g'g. Passing from without inwards we have (i) the chorion, (2) the Blastodermhautlike cuticle secreted by the serosa, (3) the serosa, (4) the outer indusium, (5) the layer of dark, granular secretion, (6) the cuticle secreted by the inner indusium, (7) the inner indusium and (8) the amnion. While envelopes 1-7 invest the whole o^^gy layer 8, the amnion, covers only the embryo.

The general development of the embryo has been traced to Stage F, when it lies as a straight and attenuated body on the dorsal yolk with its head directed towards the caudal and its tail towards the cephalic pole of the Qg^.

Like all other insects that have a stage during which the body is greatly elongated (Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera) Xiphidhim passes into a series of stages during which the germ-band is gradually shortened. The shortening is accompanied by a broadening of all the segments, a growth of the appendages, and very important internal changes. The completion of this process is reached in Stage G (Fig. 7). Besides a greater development of the appendages seen in Stage F, Fig. 7 also shows that the abdominal appendages have appeared. Of these there are nine pairs, exclusive of the pleuropodia and cerci, so that in Xiphidium, just as in Blatta and many other insects, every segment of the abdomen bears a pair of appendages. Starting with the basal segment there are eight pairs of stigmata. These are not all seen in the figure. Just back of each pair of tracheal invaginations appears a second pair of ingrowths — the metastigmatic depressions — seen as small white spots just outside the appendages, near the posterior edges of their respective segments. They are in line (homostichous) with the tracheal invaginations which occupy corresponding positions near the anterior edges of their respective segments.

The ventral flexure of the abdomen constitutes another very important difference between Stages G and F. In Xiphidium


this flexure always takes place between the 7th and 8th segments and is brought about during the shortening of the embryo. It is essentially the same flexure which is found in Blatta and in Decapod Crustacea.

In Stage G the antennae have increased to nearly one-third the length of the embryo. The procephalic lobes on which the segmentation of the brain is plainly visible, have developed greatly. The appendages, instead of projecting laterally, as they do in the younger embryo, are folded over the ventral surface of the germ-band. The nerve cord is distinctly marked out. (See abdominal region. Fig. 7.)

It is in this stage, or one but slightly more advanced, that the embryo passes the winter. Cleavage and the succeeding stages up to F are passed within a month after oviposition — during the warm days of August and September. But even should October and November be mild and sunny, development seems to have come to a temporary standstill on reaching Stage G. Among the hundreds of embryos which I collected during three succeeding autumns, I did not find one that had passed far beyond this stage. Nevertheless if kept in a warm, moist atmosphere during winter, a certain number of eggs will continue their development almost to hatching.

Before passing on to later stages in the development I will here give a brief account of some anomalies in the development of the indusium.

4. Variations in the Development of the Indiisiuni.

In the preceding pages I have described what I take to be the normal development of the indusium of Xiphidiiim. A considerable number of embryos (about 100), being nearly one half of the total number examined for the stages thus far described, deviated more or less widely in so far as the indusium was concerned from what I consider the normal type of development. Unfortunately I did not discover the organ till it was too late in the season to obtain a large supply of material in the requisite stages, so that the variations here briefly noticed probably represent only a small fraction of those

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observable in a large number of eggs. The variations may be tabulated thus : —

1. Variations in size. Normally the indusium is of the same size as one of the procephalic lobes (.2 mm. in diameter) so that the head of the embryo resembles a clover leaf as long as the organ is attached to it. When the chorion is removed the organ may be distinctly seen with the unaided eye as a milk-white spot on the translucent yolk. Occasionally, however, embryos will be found in which it is less than .1 mm. in diameter, and all variations between this and the normal size may be observed.

2. Variations from the typical circular form. These variations are very numerous and may be regarded as belonging to two classes. In one class the indusium is rounded in outline, while in the other it is ragged and more or less irregular. To the first class may be assigned the oval, cordate and multilobulate varieties not infrequently observed ; to the second belong a number of irregularly stellate and rhizopod-like forms. In one of my preparations, midway between the two classes, the indusium is evenly rounded anteriorly and ragged posteriorly along that portion of its periphery which has just broken away from the head of the embryo.

3. There is a variation in the time at which the organ is set free from the head. This cannot be proved directly by observation of the organ itself, for it usually does not begin to form the circular fold till after its isolation, but differences in the embryo, especially in the prominence of the segments and appendages, show that the organ remains attached to the head in some cases longer than in others.

4. Variations in the development of the circular fold. These variations, alluded to above, are characterized by a greater or less distinctness in the folds that give rise to the inner and outer layers. All shades in the process may be found between the distinct and comparatively rare method described and figured (Fig. 3), and the more frequent and obscurer method whereby the three layers are formed by a shifting of the individual cells.

5. Variations in number. I have twice observed two indusia


in the same ^g^. In the first case the embryo itself was in every way normal, and the first indusium of the normal size and shape, and in the usual position. The second, somewhat smaller, though regularly circular organ, was situated in front of the first and a little to the right of the median line. The distance between the two organs was about double the distance between the first organ and the head of the embryo. The outlines of the second or more anterior organ were less definite than those of the first. The amnion and serosa had formed over the embryo, but neither of the indusia showed as yet any tendency to form envelopes. Whether these two organs were derived from the division of one original praeoral cluster of cells, or were originally established as two separate centres on the blastoderm, I am unable to decide. The latter method would seem to be the more probable.

The other case is somewhat singular. The first indusium was normal in size and position, but irregularly heptagonal in outline. The second, situated a short distance to the side of the right procephalic lobe, was not more than a third the size of the first organ and quite regularly quadrangular. The embryo itself was normal and covered with the amnion and serosa. The envelopes had also formed over the two organs, which in this case also probably originated from two discrete centres in the blastoderm. The smaller organ had probably never been attached to the head of the embryo.

5. TJie Revolution of the Embryo

During the first warm days of spring the Xiphidiiim embryo resumes its development. This is characterized for some time by a growth of the germ-band in breadth and length and a lengthening of the appendages. The body of the embryo, which in Stages F and G was much narrower than the ^gg now becomes almost as broad so that its pleural edges embrace the yolk. This increase in size brings the head somewhat nearer the lower pole, and there soon sets in a decided movement of the whole body in this direction. When the head has almost reached the lower pole, the amnion covering the face


of the cephalic end fuses with the overlying inner indusium. A rent appears in this fused portion of the envelopes and through it the head is soon seen protruding. Gradually more of the body is pushed through the orifice, first the mouth parts, then the thoracic legs and finally the abdominal segments, till the whole embryo comes to lie free on the surface of the yolk in the space between the inner indusium and its cuticle. The amnion and inner indusium, which during the evagination of the embryo have remained united at the edges of the rent are folded over the pleural region of the embryo onto the yolk. The two envelopes now form but a single layer enclosing the yolk like a bag. The inner indusium is united to the edges of the amnion and these in turn are united to the pleural edges of the embryo, with the ectoderm of which the amniotic cells are continuous. The small size of the amniotic cells as compared with the huge flattened elements of the inner indusium enables one readily to distinguish the limits of the two envelopes.

During its evagination from the cavity of the amnion the embryo gradually passes around the lower pole of the ^^% head first and begins to ascend the convex ventral surface. An embryo freed from all its envelopes except the two that take part in revolution is represented in Fig. 8, in the very act of turning the lower pole. The amnion and inner indusium are folded back over the yolk, the former {am) characterized by its small rounded nuclei, the latter {sr) by its large flat elements. The line of juncture of the amnion with the body of the embryo is marked by a denser aggregation of nuclei. The ventral flexure still persists on the dorsal surface.

The cavity of the amnion contains a quantity of serum-like liquid, which during the evagination of the embryo is poured into the space separating the inner indusium from its cuticle. This liquid collecting at the lower pole, may function as a lubricant and cushion, and thus facilitate the movements of the germ-band. In hardened specimens it is found as a granular magma enveloping the appendages. It is not shown in Fig. 8.

In many respects the embryo in Stage H has advanced considerably beyond that represented in Fig. 7. In the head, the


eye is distinctly marked out and its cells are arranging themselves to form the ommatidia, as is evident from the regular series of pale dots. The labrum, now considerably enlarged, is spade-shaped in ventral aspect. The antennae have grown in length, and the saltatory legs (/a) are assuming their definitive characters. The large tapering pleuropodia stand out prominently on the first abdominal segment. Near the bases of the legs the thoracic stigmata are distinctly seen. They had made their appearance in Stage G, but for obvious reasons could not be shown in the figure.

The anterior end of the embryo continues to move up the ventral surface of the ^^Z-i straightening out as it rises. Finally the flexed terminal segments of the abdomen are again bent back to their original position in line with the rest of the body. Since their flexure these segments (the 8thiith) have been the only portion of the body provided with a completed dorsal wall {vide Fig. 7). After the bending back of the abdominal tip its segments still retain a certain independence and make no attempt to embrace the yolk of the posterior pole as do the segments in front of them. It is for this reason that the abdomen presents a constriction just in front of the eighth segment. This constriction is especially noticeable in profile view.

The turning of the lower pole of the ^^^ seems to take place very rapidly compared with other equally important processes of development, such as the passage of the embryo through the yolk. I infer this from the relative scarcity of embryos in the act of returning to the ventral surface. I have, however, succeeded in finding all the stages in the process of revolution, and feel quite as confident of having correctly interpreted my preparations as if I had studied the living &gg.

6. The Stages Intervening between Revolution and


Fig. 9 represents an embryo that has just straightened out on the ventral surface of the yolk, which the reader may imagine as extending up beyond the head to nearly twice the

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length of the embryo and terminating in the pointed anterior pole. A comparison of Figs. 8 and 9 shows that, although the former embryo has completed its revolution, it is nevertheless in an earlier stage so far as the development of its organs is concerned. This is particularly noticeable in the labrum, antennae and mouth parts, the eyes and the saltatory legs. Hence we may infer that the time for turning the lower pole is subject to considerable variation.

In Fig. 9 it will be observed that many of the abdominal appendages have disappeared. Pairs are, however, retained on the 8th to nth segments {ap^-cc, {ap'^'^)). The pleuropodia are also still present though concealed behind the bases of the metathoracic legs. The disappearance of the appendages on the 2d-8th segments probably has its immediate mechanical cause in the lateral stretching which characterizes these segments in their attempts to embrace the yolk.

The embryo continues its growth as before in two directions — the body constantly lengthening and thus bringing the head nearer the pointed anterior pole, while its lateral walls, enveloping more and more of the yolk, gradually grow towards each other and finally unite in the median dorsal line. The union begins with the 7th abdominal segment, just in front of the segments which have for some time been provided with a dorsal wall, and continues headward. I am not certain as to what becomes of the amnion during this process. Its cells appear to take no part in the formation of the dorsal wall, but very probably degenerate and become supplanted by the cells of the advancing ectoderm. It must be remembered that a hard and fast line cannot be drawn between the amnion and the pleural ectoderm ; the cells of both structures passing into one another by insensible gradations. My reasons for supposing that the amnion proper takes no part in building up the embryo are mainly of a theoretical nature and will be given in the latter part of this paper.

Concerning the fate of the inner indusium there can be little doubt. While the embryo is continually advancing towards the cephalic pole and enclosing more and more of the yolk — this envelope, which, as above stated, is characterized by


huge flat cells and nuclei, is being as gradually restricted to a more and more limited yolk surface. In consequence of this restriction its component cells become broader radially and narrower tangentially. In this stage the envelope functionally corresponds to the "dorsal organ" of other insects. It cannot, however, be thus designated without still further increasing the number of heterogeneous structures included under that unfortunate term, since the "dorsal organ" of other insects is a thickening of an envelope represented in Xiphidmm by the serosa.

The thickened inner indusium is soon reduced to a cap of cells on the anterior pointed pole of the ^gg. As the head of the embryo advances to cover more of this pole, the envelope is pushed further forward and finally stripped from the yolk altogether. The anterior cranial walls then close over the pole and thus effectually separate the yolk from the inner indusium. The latter is reduced to a small conical mass, the cells of which soon show unmistakable signs of degeneration.

Soon after the embryo has thus rid itself of its envelopes and has taken into its mesenteron the whole mass of yolk not utilized in the processes of development hitherto undergone, a chitinous cuticle is shed from its entire surface. This may be designated as the first larval cuticle. It appears first on the ventral abdominal surface and spreads thence headward and dorsad. The progress of cuticularization is readily traceable by staining embryos in this stage, for the parts over which the cuticle is formed will not take the color ; where it is being deposited the stain takes faintly and where it has not yet appeared, the stain, of course, penetrates easily. Ayers ('84) observed in CEcantJms that the secretion of the cuticle began on the ventral surface of the embryo and extended dorsad. This is just what we should expect from the fact that the dorsal hypodermis is ontogenetically a more recent formation than that of the ventral surface.

The first larval cuticle is about 5 /x thick and consists of three layers. The innermost is apparently homogeneous and stains deeply in Orth's lithium carmine while the middle layer remains clear and vitreous. The outer layer is radially striated



and has the distinctly yellow tint of old chitin. Its outer surface is minutely papillate. On the appendages the cuticle is much thinner than it is on the trunk and though it stains it does not show a differentiation into three layers.

Before shedding the first cuticle the hypodermis secretes a second larval skin which persists till after hatching.

In Fig. IV, I have attempted to represent semi-diagrammatically the condition of the envelopes at a time when the eyes be^in to acquire pigment. The chorion (<:/^.) is much distended and the egg larger and more resistent to the touch then it was during the autumn. Passing from without inward we first meet with the cuticle secreted by the serosa {sr. c). Then follows the serosa itself {sr) to the inner face of which the remains of the outer indusium {ind.^) are applied. At the extreme anterior end of the ^^^ both these cellular envelopes appear to be much thickened and pass into a cylindrical pedicel of granular plasma which I shall call the columella (<?/.). This in turn is continuous with a conical mass of cells (ind.-), the remains of the inner indusium which was stripped from the head in a preceding stage. Its cells, as shown in the figure, are in an advanced stage of disintegration. The cytoplasm of the different elements is reduced to a mass of granules and the chromosomes have become agglomerated into little spheres floating in the clear nuclear plasma. The process of degeneration is similar to that which I have described as occurring in the "dorsal organ" of Blatta. Between the mass of degenerating cells and the head of the embryo lies a granular coagulum {am. s). This I take to be the amniotic serum which is forced up into the anterior pole by the enlarging of the embryo and the consequent decrease in the space between the body walls and the chorion. The columella and the remains of the inner indusium are held together and thus temporarily prevented from complete disintegration by the thick cuticle of the latter. This cuticle still envelops the embryo and extends forward to the anterior pole where it seems to be attached to the inner face of the outer indusium. Passing further inward we next meet with the first larval cuticle (Iv. c^), which has been shed, and the second larval cuticle {Iv. c~), which is still in organic



connection with the hypodermis. In a little later stage than the one here described the columella and the conical lump of inner indusial elements have disintegrated, and can no longer be distinguished from the granular amniotic serum.

The changes in the configuration of the embryo since its arrival on the ventral yolk, relate mostly to the appendages. At first the antennae are of about the same thickness as the


Fig. IV.

Sagittal section through the anterior pole of a Xiphidiu7n embryo, with pigmented eyes, ch., chorion ; cL, columella ; s}-. c, Blastodermhaut ; sr., serosa ; uid'^ + a7n., remains of the inner indusium and amnion ; ind'^, outer indusium ; ind^ s., secretion of the inner indusium; am. s., amniotic secretion; /v. c^, first larval cuticle ; h'. c~, second larval cuticle ; dr., brain ; e., eye.

legs. The dark line running parallel with their inner edges, and distinctly marked in Fig. 9, is in section seen to be a mesodermal partition dividing the cavity of the appendage into two tubular sinuses. The antennas grow directly tailward till their tips reach the femorotibial joint of the hind legs, when they diverge laterally, describe an arc, and then grow forward. When the tips have reached the head further progress is arrested


by the envelopes, but as the growth of the appendages does not cease, the arcs surrounding the hind legs gradually move tailward. This movement is arrested just before the time for hatching, when the antennae have grown to nearly twice the length of the embryo.

The mouth-parts and thoracic appendages have been gradually assuming their adult characters in the meantime.

The pleuropodia, as described in a former paper ('90^), are shed during hatching and just previous to that event may be found attached to the pleural cuticle by means of very slender pedicels.

In the male the appendages of the 9th and nth abdominal segments persist, the former as the stylets, the latter as the cerci. In the female the cerci also persist but together with them also the pairs on the 8th, 9th and loth segments (Figs. 9 and 10 — op'^ {ap^)-op2) (ap^°). These are converted into the gonapophyses.

Apart from the eyes little pigment is developed in the hypodermis during embryonic life, unless we regard as such the brown granular secretion of the inner indusium.

A number of eggs kept in the house the greater part of the winter hatched May I5th-i8th, but I am inclined to believe that out of doors the regular time for hatching is later, probably not till the end of May. XipJiidiiwi fasciatuni apparently does not hatch till early in June, since I found larvae of this species on Naushon Island June 9, which could not have been more than a few days old. Inasmuch as the imagines of XipJiidiiim ensifenini oviposit on the average about Sept. ist, the whole postembryonic development cannot occupy more than three months. As this Locustid is monogoneutic, nine months is therefore required for embryonic development. Even if we deduct the period of quiescence due to cold weather, it will still be apparent that the embryonic stages must succeed one another very slowly in XipJiidiiim as compared with those of other Ametabola {e.g. Blatta), not to mention the Metabola.


7. TJie Development of Orchelhnum vulgare.

This LocListid oviposits like many of the smaller members of the family in the pith of dead plants. I found the eggs in Ohio during the last days of September in the stems of the wild lettuce {Lachica canadensis), so common along the edges of fields and thickets, and in the petioles of the common elder {Sambucus canadensis). Oviposition probably takes place in the beginning or towards the middle of September. In the case of Lactnca and a few other plants which I did not identify, the insects had invariably selected for oviposition the main stem of the flower-panicles. From base to apex this portion of the stem was punctured at intervals, and a single Q^g thrust into the pith a short distance above each orifice. It is an easy matter to recognize the punctures by the little tufts which the insect evidently gnaws from the woody fibre, before inserting its scimeter-shaped ovipositor. Great care must be taken in splitting the stem, so as not to tear or cut the eggs which adhere very firmly to the pith.

The eggs are larger than those of Xiphidinm ensifernm, being fully 6.-6.25 i^^i^i- lo^^g- ^^ shape they are very similar to Xiphidinm eggs except that the sides are compressed. In the fresh state they are smooth and opaque, and of a pale drab or bluish tint. In this respect, as also in the flattening of their lateral faces, they form a transition to the eggs of our larger Locustidae, e. g. CyrtopJiyllus concavus, AmblycovypJia uJilerii and Microcentrinn retinervis} The chorion is not readily wetted with water, but like that of the Xiphidinm egg, immediately becomes transparent when immersed in alcohol. The outer envelope is then seen to have a yellow tint, deepening into brown at the poles.

As would be expected from its close systematic affinity the embryonic development of Orchelimnm does not differ much from that of Xiphidinm. I have not seen all the stages, nor have I, as yet, sectioned any of my material, but the stages which I have examined are essentially the same as those

1 For a description of the eggs of these species see an article on Orthoptera, by Prof. C. V. Riley, in the Standard Natural History, Vol. II. pp. 188-189.


described in XipJiidium. The embryo of Orchelimwn passes throuo-h the yolk in the same manner as the XipJiidiinn embryo, shortens on the dorsal yolk, then grows apace, moves around the lower pole and finally begins the yolk-enveloping process on the ventral surface of the ^^^ in the same way as the Xiphidimn embryo. It also develops an indusium which is set free from the head and spreads over the yolk while the embryo is passing through it backwards. In Orchelimiim the inner indusial layer also secretes a brownish pigmentlike substance which enables one to follow its movements as it gradually covers more and more of the yolk. A clear slit is likewise left on the dorsal surface between the folds of the organ. But in the time of closure of this slit Orcheliimim differs from XipJiidium. In the latter insect we found that the slit closed soon after the embryo had straightened on the dorsal yolk, before it had shortened very decidedly. In Orchelimum the closure is considerably delayed. The embryo shortens, then grows in length and breadth, passing beyond Stage G of Xiphidimn and its head nearly reaches the lower pole before the two folds of the indusium meet and fuse. Frequently in this stage, when the embryo is about to revolve, the polar ends of the slit are still open, the membranes having fused over the embryo. In a little later stage, however, the indusium has completely enveloped the yolk.

II. Remarks on Gastrulation in the Orthoptera.

Although many important observations have of late been contributed to the embryology of the Insecta, our knowledge of the formation of the germ-layers in the Orthoptera cannot be said to have made any signal advance. As late as 1889 so few forms of this order had been studied that I felt justified in expressing some doubt as to whether their mesentoderm was formed in the same manner as in the higher Metabola (Coleoptera, Diptera, Lepidoptera). My doubts were confirmed by a study of Blatta, when I failed to find the oral formative centre of the entoderm ('89^).^

1 We need not go far to seek the reasons for this gap in our comparative studies. The eggs of the Orthoptera are almost without exception extremely


Bruce ('86) appears to have been the first to describe the origin of the mesentoderm from a median ingrowth of the germ-band in the Orthoptera. The species which he studied, is, I have every reason to believe, Stagmomaiitis Carolina. His description is very meagre and his figures are unsatisfactory.

More convincing are Graber's figures and description of mesentoderm formation in Stenobothriis variabilis ('88, PI. XIV, Fig. 11; PI. XV, Fig. 13). His Fig. 11 shows that there is in the median Hne a distinct infolding of the ventral plate cells — a true invagination. In a more recent paper ('90), the account is briefly repeated without any important additions.

In his recent study of the embryogeny of Blatta germanica, Cholodkowsky ('91^) gives an account of the formation of the germ-layers more in harmony with what we know of the process in the Coleoptera than the account which I gave. But he has not come to any definite conclusion respecting the formation of the entoderm, and although he maintains that there is a distinct blastoporic groove running the length of the germ-band, he does not figure it in surface view, and most of his sections betray such an amount of distortion in his preparations that one may hesitate to regard the slight depressions in his figures (Figs. 7, 8, 10, etc.) as indicating invagination. Nevertheless I believe from renewed study of the Orthoptera, that Cholodkowsky is correct in deriving the mesoderm from a median proliferation of the primitively one-layered germ-band, and the entoderm from two formative centres — one in the oral and one in the anal region.

In Xiphidiinn, soon after its first appearance, the blastoporic depression, when seen from the surface (Fig. i), is a straight

refractory from a technical point of view. The cells of the embryo are often smaller and less distmct than they are in the Metabola. Moreover, the great quantity of yolk and its singular brittleness in hardened specimens renders paraffin sectioning most unsatisfactory, and rather than incur the great expenditure of time which working with celloidin involves, the student gladly selects some Coleopteran or Dipteran egg which is all that can be demanded from a purely technical point of view. Nevertheless the Orthoptera constitute, by common consent, one of the most primitive orders of the Insecta ; their eggs are large and may be readily procured in great numbers ; their development is so gradual that all the requisite stages may be obtained without the least difficulty.


groove extending nearly the entire length of the germ-band and dividing it into two symmetrical halves. Anteriorly the groove is rounded and seems to end rather abruptly, but posteriorly it bifurcates, each of the two grooves thus arising beino- continued for a short distance to either side till they gradually fade away. There can be no doubt, it seems to me, that the bifurcated termination of the blastopore is the homologue of the similar structure first figured by me in Doryphora (•89, PI. XVIII, Fig. 71; PI. XIX, Fig. 73) and subsequently seen by Graber ('90) in the corresponding stages of Lina tremulcB (PI. II, Figs. 25 and 27). More recently Cholodkowsky has observed a similar widening of the blastopore in Blatta. He attempts to identify it with the posterior depressions of Graber's "lateral gastrulation."

In Stage B (Fig. 2) when the caudal amnio-serosal fold has covered the ligulate portion of the germ-band, the blastopore presents a widening of its anterior end at a point which probably lies just in front of the definitive mouth. This widening was observed in several embryos, and I therefore take it to be a normal occurrence. It also has its homologue in the Doryphora embryo (see my Fig. 70, PI. XVIII, '89). In the stage under consideration (Fig. 2) the anal bifurcation has grown more indistinct and is apparently about to disappear.

The closure of the blastopore proceeds simultaneously in two directions : from its anterior end backwards, and from its posterior end forwards, so that the last portion of the groove to disappear lies in that part of the germ-band which is to become the thoracic or baso-abdominal region.

In sections the groove is seen to be much shallower than it appears in surface view. Along its whole extent its floor is somewhat thickened and in this portion — destined to form the mesentoderm — the cells soon lose their columnar shapes and become more polygonal in outline and more irregular in their arrangement. The groove closes in such a way that no tubular cavity results as in the Coleoptera and Diptera; the cells at the edges of the depression appear to glide over the median elements, so that after the fusion of .the edges in the median line the mesentoderm has the form of a solid cord


applied to the inner surface of the germ-band. The process whereby the inner layers are formed is, therefore, a slurred invagination. In this respect XipJiidiinn resembles Blatta.

The further differentiation of the mesentoderm is quite as difficult to follow in XipJiidimn as in other Orthoptera. In these stages the embryo cannot be satisfactorily isolated from the yolk and sectioned by itself, and so friable is the yolk that it is almost impossible to obtain thin sections through the entire ^^Z by the ordinary methods. After studying a few series of sections obtained by means of the celloidin method I can, however, affirm that the invaginated cells give rise to both entoderm and mesoderm. The former has a bipolar origin, as has been made out in the higher forms; in Apis by Grassi ('84) ; in HydropJiilns by H eider ('89); in DoiypJiora by myself ('89); in Miisca by Voeltzkow ('89) and by Graber ('89) ; and in CJialicodoina by Carriere ('90). The anal is considerably larger than the oral formative centre and its elements seem to arise in part from the bifurcation and in part from the deeper portion of the blastopore just in front of the bifurcation.

In Xiphiditini, just as in the higher Metabola, a pair of entoderm-bands grows towards the baso-abdominal region from either entoderm-pole. Each band, consisting of only one layer of much-flattened cells, meets that of its respective side and then begins to envelop the yolk by proliferation at its ventral and dorsal edges. Transverse sections show that at first the bands are only two or three cells in breadth and that these are closely applied to the dorsal faces of the mesomeres which are formed by this time.

I have made no observations on the relations of the proctodaeum to the posterior end of the blastopore, but in regard to the anterior end and its relation to the stomodaeum my results are more definite. Figs. 32-34 represent three successive sections through the head of an embryo in Stage D. The last section (Fig. 34) passes through the stomodaeum {st) which is just forming as a rounded depression in the cephalic ectoderm. Its large columnar cells are regularly arranged and have their nuclei in the inner ends. The next section (Fig. 33) passes just in front of the stomodaeum and cuts two masses of cells in


the median line. The upper of these masses is a thickening of the ectoderm distinctly separated on either side from the elements of the same layer by the peculiar character of its cells. These are much smaller than those of the remaining ectoderm and stain more deeply, especially in the inner portions of the layer. The lower mass of cells is entirely cut oiT from the ectodermal thickening, though its elements are very similar in size and staining qualities. The ectodermal thickening marks the point where the paired labrum is about to appear (cf. Fig. 35). In the next section (Fig. 32), which also passes through the labral region, we again meet with the thickening of the ectoderm. Unlike its portion in the preceding section, it is not bounded below by a curved line, but juts in as a ragged mass of cells, in which it is possible to distinguish a pair of lateral wings and a median projection. The median portion thus proliferated beyond the limits of the ectoderm, is the anterior or oral entoderm centre — the lateral wings I regard as mesodermal. By combining Figs. 32 and 33 the flattened mass of cells underlying the ectoderm in the latter section is seen to be the backward continuation of the mesentoderm. Section Fig. 34 shows that this median unpaired mass splits into two masses, one on either side of the mouth. In this paired condition the bands run backwards through the trunk of the embryo.

Essentially the same condition of the germ-layers in front of the mouth persists till the labrum is definitely formed, as I have observed in a few series of sections. It is difficult to account for the late and intimate union of the mesentoderm with the ectoderm in the labral region, unless we suppose that the blastopore originally extended as far forward as this region and here closed in such a manner that the three layers were not at once separated into ectoderm on the one hand and mesentoderm on the other. It is mainly on this supposition that I take the labral region to coincide with the anterior widening of the blastopore seen in Fig. 2. This widening probably does not coincide with the stomodaeum, but lies in front of it, and the definitive mouth is a later formation arising independently from the ectoderm alone.


I would here insert a few observations on gastrulation in Stagmoniantis Carolina, Grylliis liccticosiis, and QicantJnis niveus.

In Fig. 12 the Qgg of Stagniomantis is represented in outline for the purpose of showing the relatively small size of the germ-band which arises as in other forms from a thickening of the blastoderm on the ventral face of the yolk. It is seen to lie somewhat nearer the broad posterior than the pointed anterior pole. It is but slightly longer than broad, and its wider anterior end, which is directed towards the upper pole of the Q.gg, foreshadows the procephalic lobes. Fig. 1 1 shows that the germ-band of the Mantid, unlike that of XipJiidiiim, is raised above the niveau of the yolk and has its marginal cells sharply separated from the extra-embryonal blastoderm — or serosa — as it is now called. This much flattened layer is, nevertheless, encroaching on the edges of the germ-band to form the amnio-serosal fold [avts.). At the anterior edge lies a small cluster of cells (/. 0.) but little larger than those of the germ-band. I believe that these may represent all that remains of an indusium in Staginomantis .

The narrowly pear-shaped blastopore is very short. Sections show it to be a deep groove, which like the median infolding of other forms {DorypJiora, HydropJdliis, Musca, etc.) is deepest posteriorly and grows shallower headward. As I failed to find any of the stages immediately following the one figured, I could not trace out the formation of the germ-layers.

According to Bruce ('86, p. 17), who studied the same species of Stagmomaiitis, " When the union of the folds (of the amnion and serosa) is effected and the embryo is separated from the surface and covered ventrally by the amnion, the under layer is formed, as in Me/oe a.nd Thyridopteryx as an ingrowth from the median line of the embryo." This remark, together with his Figs. XLII-XLIV, PI. IV, shows that he could not have observed the formation of the layers from a groove and that he must have based his inference on a stage later than the one I have figured.

In Gjylliis bictiiosiis the blastopore is more like that of Xiphidhiin. The outline of the o.^^ is shown in Fig. 14. The


germ-band is relatively much larger when compared with the yolk-mass than the germ-band of Staginoviantis . It arises on the ventral surface very near the lower pole. That such is the correct position of the embryo may be easily ascertained, since the mother-insect thrusts her eggs into the ground with their lono- axes perpendicular to the surface. In a glass jar containing a few inches of earth, many eggs were deposited between the surface of the glass and the earth, so that the exact position of the apical pole could be noted, and the Qg^ removed and hardened with this pole constantly in sight. Thus it was possible to determine the exact topographical relations of the embryo to the yolk throughout the important stages of early development.

During gastrulation the germ-band of Giyllus (Fig. 13) is more elliptical and somewhat narrower than the germ-band of Stagmomantis . Its edges are also distinctly marked off from the blastoderm and here, too, the amnio-serosal fold {anis) arises along the entire periphery. The blastopore {bl) is much narrower than the corresponding depression in Stagmomantis. It is deepest posteriorly.

The discovery of an invaginate gastrula in Grylbis made it extremely probable that this stage had been overlooked in the other members of the same family which have been studied from an embryological standpoint. Neither Korotneff in his study of Gryllotalpa ('85), nor Ayers in his study of CEcantJms ('84), succeeded in finding an invagination. I was unable to secure the eggs of any of our native GryllotalpcB, but I collected a great number of QicantJms eggs in Ohio during the last days of September. An examination of these soon convinced mc that Ayers had not seen the youngest stages in the development of the germ-band. The youngest germ-band that he figures (Figs. 1-18) lies near the posterior end of the Q,gg with its tail pointing towards the micropylar pole. According to Ayers " A tract of the blastoderm along the median line of the ventral (concave) side, lying nearest the deep or primitively head-end of the egg, becomes thickened into a germinal band, which is the first trace of the body of the embryo." But this is not the first trace of the body of the embryo, nor does it


arise on the concave face of the ^^Z- The germ-band of CEcant/ms, like that of Gryllus, first makes its appearance as a thickening of the blastoderm on the convex surface near the lower pole of the &^^. This convex surface is, therefore, the ventral surface and the micropyle marks the " primitively headend " of the Qg^ as is shown by the fact that the procephaleum is originally directed towards this and not towards the opposite pole, which Ayers incorrectly calls the "primitively head-end." The germ-band, however, soon leaves its position on the convex ventral surface and, moving around the lower pole tail first, comes to lie on the concave dorsal yolk. It is clear that Ayers could not have seen the stages preceding the arrival of the germ-band on the dorsal surface, and it is during these very stages that the blastopore forms and closes.

Before turning the lower pole the germ-band of CEcanthus resembles that of Stagmoniantis. Its anterior is distinctly wider than its posterior end and represents the future procephalic region. A narrow, but distinct groove runs from the oral to the anal end as in the forms we have been considering. At the posterior end the groove bifurcates much as in Xiphidium. That this median groove gives rise to the mesentoderm admits of little doubt after what has been said of other Orthoptera. The amnio-serosal fold appears to arise simultaneously along the entire margin of the germ-band as in Gryllus.

It follows from the observations here recorded, fragmentary as they are in many respects, together with Graber's observations on StenobotJiriis, that the Orthoptera can no longer be regarded as Jwts de ligne so far as the formation of their germ-layers is concerned. In all the families of the order, save the Phasmidae, an invaginate gastrula has been found, and there can be little doubt that the investigator who is so fortunate as to study embryos of this family will find in them essentially the same process of germ-layer formation.


The view is now pretty generally held that in the Insecta both mesoderm and entoderm arise from a median longitudinal furrow — the former layer throughout nearly the entire length, the latter only in the oral and anal regions of the germ-band — and that the vitellophags, or cells left in the yolk at a time when the remaining cleavage products are traveling to the surface to form the blastoderm, take no part whatsoever in the formation of the mesenteron, but degenerate in sit?i and finally undergo dissolution. Discussions of the literature on this subject are to be found in the papers of Heider ('89) and Graber ('89, '90), and so few are the facts accumulated since these resumes were penned that I may dispense with an historical consideration of the insect germ-layers in the present paper.

In the interpretation of the insect gastrula the entoderm has always played an important r61e. The origin of the mesoderm has long been known and has been duly provided for in the various germ-layer hypotheses which have from time to time been advanced. But the true origin of the lining of the mid-gut has been ascertained only within the last few years, so that we cannot expect to find an adequate treatment of this layer in the older theories. Led astray by what had been observed in Crustacea and Arachnida, some writers chose to regard the vitellophags as forming the mesenteron and shaped their theories accordingly (Oscar and Richard Hertwig, '8l). But now that it has been shown that the vitellophags take no part in forming the lining of the mid-gut, their morphological position is rendered even more obscure, and we are brought face to face with the question : Are the vitellophags a portion of the entoderm which has been set apart very early in development for the purpose of yolk-liquefaction or are they an entirely new segregation of cells belonging to none of the conventional germ-layers 1 Those who defend the former alternative maintain that the vitellophags of insects are entodermal in function inasmuch as they digest yolk and closely resemble the amoeboid Crustacean yolk-cells which are actually converted into the lining of the mesenteron. On the other hand it is urged, that as the yolk-cells arise and function before the blastoderm is com


pleted and hence some time before the germ-layers are formed, they cannot properly be assigned to the entoderm. ^

It is probably best to await the results of further investigation before deciding on the phylogenetic relations of the vitellophags to the entoderm. Heider ('89) has also expressed himself to this effect and I fully endorse his opinion when he says : " Immerhin wird man vorlaufig iiber vage Vermuthungen nach dieser Richtung nicht hinauskommen, und ist die Frage nach der Auffassung der Dotterzellen bei dem Nachweise, dass sie an dem Aufbau des Embryos keinen Antheil nehmen, meiner Ansicht nach von geringerer Wichtigkeit."

1 Besides these vitellophags which with Cholodkowsky ('91^) we may call the primary yolk-cells — there are other cells which detach themselves from the blastoderm or embryo and enter the yolk. These Cholodkowsky calls secondary yolk-cells. While the origin of the primary yolk-cells has been quite satisfactorily demonstrated, this cannot be said of those of the second class. They appear to descend into the yolk at different times in different species. Thus, according to Patten {'84), all the cleavage products in Neophylax ascend to the surface, the yolk-cells subsequently descending from the blastoderm. I claimed a similar total migration of the cleavage products to the surface in Blatta ('89); Cholodkowsky, however, claims that some of the cells never reach the surface, but remain in the yolk. Be this as it may, in later stages I believe it can be shown that cells do migrate into the yolk from the embryo and especially from the entoderm-centres. This was shown by me to be the case in Doryphora, where many cells pass into the yolk from either entoderm pole (PI. XIX, Fig. 82; PI. XX, Fig. 88). I have since observed an exactly similar phenomenon in Telea polyphemus in a corresponding stage of development. Graber, ('89, p. n) too, has made a similar observation on Melolontha, where he saw " vom invaginirten Blastodermwulst aus unter lebhaften Theilungserscheinungen ganze Strome von Zellen in den Dotter hineinwandern, Zellen die freilich von den primaren, gleichzeitig vorkommenden und auffallend grosskernigen Centroblastelementen ganz enorm verschieden sind, und die sich iiberhaupt durch ihre ganze Beschaffenheit als unzweideutige Abkbmmlinge, man konnte sagen Auswiirflinge eines wahren Keimblattes, erweisen." So far as the migrant cells described in Doryphora are concerned, I am sure they come from the entoderm. They occur only at or near the entodermal Anlagen and may be traced from this germ-layer into the yolk. These cells are not actively dividing like those described by Graber, but actively disintegrating. (May not Graber have mistaken disintegration-figures for caryokinetic figures?) In somewhat later stages no traces of these migrant cells are to be found. The yolk is segmented at the time of their leaving the entoderm and their invasion appears not to disturb in the least the activities of the vitellophags. Whether there is any relation between these evanescent entoderm cells and the " secondary mesoderm" of Reichenbach ('86), the "spores" of F. H. Herrick ('86), or the " chromatin nebulae " of Bumpus ('91) is a question which cannot be answered at present.


Among those who take a decided stand on the relations of the vitellophags to the definitive entoderm, Graber and Cholodkowsky may be mentioned. Graber ('89, p. lo), after introducino- the superfluous and inapplicable term " centroblast," ^ says : Dabei nehme ich zugleich, was indessen kaum misbilligt werden diirfte, stillschweigend auch an, dass dieses gegenwartig, wie es scheint, von der Darm- and Gewebsbildung ausgeschlossene Zellenlager auch friiher niemals eine dem echten Entoderm anderer Thiere entsprechende Rolle inne gehabt habe, sondern vielmehr dem letzteren gegeniiber ein neues, wahrschcinlich mit der starkeren Entwicklung des Dotters im Zusammenhang stehendes Differenzirungsproduct ist."

Cholodkowsky ('91^) does not dismiss the matter so briefly. Like Graber he draws a hard and fast line between primary and secondary yolk-cells, and admits no phylogenetic continuity between the vitellophags and the definitive entoderm. The vitellophags belong to none of the germ-layers. His reasons for not regarding them as a precociously segregated portion of the entoderm are neither new nor conclusive. Like other recent investigators he admits that the vitellophags are in part digested or discharged from the alimentary tract along with the remains of the yolk after hatching. But he is not satisfied that the yolk-cells should play a humble role in the insect economy. Some of them were predestined to a higher function than yolk-liquefaction — viz: to give rise to the blood, the fatbody and even to the germ-cells. He therefore supposes that the vitellophags are undifferentiated cells. But this supposition is not supported by the facts. That they are on the contrary, considerably specialized is shown by their limited function and mobility, their gradual and prolonged growth (especially in some Orthoptera), their inability to undergo caryokinesis or even akinesis, and their suspicious relations to the bacterialike corpuscles of Blochmann. On a priori grounds we should not expect to derive whole sets of tissues from such specialized elements.

1 Superfluous because we have enough names for these cells already, inapplicable because the termination "blast" is properly applied only to cells or tissues of a germinal character — not to decrepit elements like the yolk-cells.


But a more weighty objection may be adduced. It has been shown by Heider ('89) and Heymons ('90), not to mention many previous investigators, that the fat-body and sexual-cells arise from the mesoderm, and my own studies fully confirm this view. Concerning the origin of the blood there is some doubt, but it should be stated that Cholodkowsky has made no satisfactory observations of his own on this point and that, although some facts point to a derivation of the blood from the yolk-cells, others as definitely point to its origin in the mesodermal layer.

After taking for granted that the vitellophags are undifferentiated cells, that they have nothing and, what is more, never have had anythmg to do with the entoderm, and that they give rise to blood-corpuscles, adipose-tissue and germ-cells, Cholodkowsky ushers in the parablast theory. It was to have been hoped that this theory might have been permitted to end its days in peace within the confines of vertebrate embryology where it originated. Fortunately, however, it has grown too old and decrepit, even under the skillful medical treatment which it has received from time to time, to be of any service in invertebrate morphology.

There is something almost ludicrous in Cholodkowsky's application of the parablast theory to the Insecta when we consider the methods which he employed in preparing the yolk of the Blatta Q^^. The capsules opened at both ends were subjected to the action of undiluted Perenyi's fluid for 12 hours and the eggs after treatment with the customary grades of alcohol, cleared in green cedar oil 24 hours. Thence they were transferred to paraffine (55-60° C.) and left 3-5 hours. The result of this heroic method is apparent enough in the distortion of the tissues, but its effect on the yolk is quite remarkable.

Both Blochmann ('8?) and myself ('89) described the yolk of the Blatta o.^^ as consisting of a mass of homogeneous and granular albuminoid bodies sharply polygonal from mutual pressure and interspersed with spherical oil-globules. We also described a peculiar distribution of the polygonal bodies; those of a homogeneous nature constituting an oval central core invested with the granular bodies. I further claimed that the


Blatta Qg% exhibited a yolk-segmentation which though faint and appearing late was, nevertheless, comparable to the yolksegmentation in such forms as DorypJwra.

Cholodkowsky ('91^) thus describes the yolk: " So kann ich, z. B., nicht bestatigen, dass der Dotter aus einzelnen polygonalen Dotterkorpern bestehe, wie derselbe von Blochmann (und Wheeler) beschrieben und abgebildet wird. Der ganze Dotter besteht aus einer continuirlichen plasmatischen Substanz, deren Vacuolen grossere und kleinere Fetttropfen enthalten. Die Continuirlichkeit der Dottermasse tritt nun um so deutlicher hervor, je besser die Objekte conservirt sind. Das Bild (ich mochte sagen, das Trugbild) der polygonalen Dotterkorper entsteht durch Bersten des Dotters nach der Bearbeitung mit nicht ganz passenden Reactiven." .... "Auch kann ich die Blochmann'sche Unterscheidung des 'inneren' und 'ausseren' Dotters nicht annehmen; der ganze Unterschied in den Farbungsverhaltnissen der beiden angeblichen Theile des Dotters lasst sich einfach dadurch erklaren, dass die Farbe aus den peripherischen Theilen des Eies leichter als aus den inneren mit Saure ausgezogen wird." And at p. 58 he remarks: " Es ist bemerkenswerth, dass bei Blatta gernianica eine Dotterzerkliiftung vollkommen fehlt. Ich kann also mit Wheeler nicht iibereinstimmen, wenn er sagt (p. 359), dass bei Blatta der Dotter, wenn auch sehr spat (nach Bildung der Extremitaten) sich furchen soil; hochst wahrscheinlich war Wheeler zu dieser irrigen Annahme durch die ausserordentliche Briichigkeit des Dotters verleitet."

On reading these criticisms I re-examined my preparations and must emphatically re-assert what I claimed in my description of the yolk of the Blatta ^%,%. Among my preparations I find several mature ovarian eggs hardened in Perenyi's fluid — not, however, treated with that vigorous reagent for 12 consecutive hours — and these show the yolk-bodies very distinctly as polygonal masses. There are no traces of a "Bersten des* Dotters." Eggs killed in ordinary alcohol and mounted in tota-^ show the polygonal yolk-bodies distinctly and in these same specimens the distribution of the different yolk-elements may be followed by carefully focusing. That Cholodkowsky should


be unable to detect the outlines of the segments in the yolk of eggs treated for half a day with Perenyi's fluid is not surprising, especially as this segmentation is of very short duration in Blatta as in other Orthoptera. It is present, however, as I have convinced myself from eggs mounted in toto and from sections.

If prolonged immersion in Perenyi's fluid can bring about a complete fusion of the yolk-bodies and an obliteration of their true structure, what must be its effect on the vitellophags scattered through the yolk } And how much importance are we to attach to Cholodkowsky's assertion that the fat-body, blood-corpuscles and sexual-cells arise from the vitellophags, and to the parablast theory as applied to the Blatta-ovwm. ?

Let us return from this digression to the germ-layers. The curious fact that the definitive entoderm of the Insecta arises from two separate centres — one oral and the other anal — is too recent to have given rise to much speculation. Since the entoderm of other animals arises from a single centre it is tacitly assumed that such must originally have been the case with the Insecta, and that the present bipolar condition must be due to secondary modification. Starting with this postulate, there are, of course, many ways in which the bipartition of the original unipolar entoderm may be supposed to have taken place. Two of these possibilities are worked out in the hypotheses of Kowalevsky ('86) and Cholodkowsky ('9i^).

Kowalevsky has expressed his views so clearly and concisely that I cannot do better than quote his own words: "Wenn wir jetzt versuchen, diese Bildung des Ento- und Mesoderms bei den Musciden mit der Bildung dieser Blatter bei anderen Thieren zu vergleichen, so sehen wir erstens, dass hier auch eine Art sehr in die Lange ausgezogener Gastrula entsteht, und dass aus dem eingestiilpten Teil das Ento- und Mesoderm sich bildet. Also in diesen allgemeinen Zugen finden wir eine Uebereinstimmung. Es scheint mir aber, dass die Parallele noch weiter gezogen werden kann. Namentlich wenn wir der Bildung des Ento-Mesoderms bei Sagitta uns erinnern, so finden wir bei derselben dass der eingestiilpte Teil des Blastoderms in drei parallele Sacke zerfallt, von


denen der mittlere das Entoderm liefert, die seitlichen aber das Mesoderm. Bei den Musciden entsteht auch eine solche Einstiilpung wie bei Sagitta, und auch der mittlere Teil — allerdin^s nur an bciden Enden vorhanden — liefert das Entoderm, die seitlichen Teile liefern das Mesoderm : also ahnlich dem, was wir bei der Sagitta beobachten. Um die Aehnlichkeit weiter zu fuhren, kann vorausgesetzt werden, dass bei der so in die Lange gezogenen Gastrula der Insekten der mittlere, das Entoderm liefernde Sack so ausgezogen ist, dass er in der Mitte ganz verschwindet und nur an seinem vorderen und hinteren Ende bestehen bleibt. Bei dieser Auffassung wird es von selbst schon folgen, dass die sich schliessende Rinne fast auf ihrer ganzen Lange nur das Mesoderm liefert.

Jetzt bleibt noch die Frage iibrig: wie verhalten sich die Flachen der Gastrula zu den Flachen des sich bildenden Entoderms. Bei der Sagitta wird die aussere Oberfiache der Blastula nach der Einstiilpung zur inneren Oberfiache des Darmkanals, d. h. die Seiten der Zellen, welche bei der Blastula nach aussen gerichtet waren, werden im Darmkanal nach seinem Lumen gerichtet. Bei den Insekten kann dasselbe auch vorausgesetzt werden. Wenn wir uns die eingestulpte Rinne vorstellen, so sind deren Oberfiachen ganz ahnlich gelagert wie bei der Gastrula; wenn wir weiter die Bildung der beiden Entodermanlagen dem mittleren Sacke der Sagitta vergleichen, so bleibt die Lagerung der Zellenflachen noch ganz dieselbe. Wenn wir dann voraussetzen, dass der mittlere Sack durch die weite Ausbreitung und durch das Eindringen der Masse des Dotters gewissermassen in seinen vordern und hintern Teil zersprengt ist, so kommt der Dotter ins innere des hypothetischen Sackes, und die Zellen, die den Dotter bedecken, werden zu dem Dotter in derselben Beziehung stehen, wie bei der Sagitta zu der eingestiilpten Flache."

A few years after these remarks were written Heider ('89) and myself ('89) at about the same time published observations on the Coleopteran germ-layers which seemed to support the hypothesis of the celebrated Russian embryologist. As further support to Kowalevsky's view I believe we may point to such gastrulas as that of Stagmomantis described above. In this


gastrula, which is so very short and broad, we may suppose that the oral and anal entoderm-centres are really continuous, covering the floor of the blastopore from end to end. In sections, it is true, I failed to detect any differentiation of the cells forming the walls of the furrow, into entodermal and mesodermal elements, but this would also be the case in the elongated gastrulas of other insects in a correspondingly early stage {XipJiidmm^ Doryphora). As favoring a purely mechanical separation of an originally single entoderm Anlage, it may be noted that the most rapid elongation of the germ-band occurs at a time when the entoderm is differentiating from the mesentoderm Anlage. There is probably more than an accidental correlation of these two processes. During this time some germ-bands {Doryphoi-a, XipJddiwii) double their length.^ Inasmuch as the lengthening of the superficial layers of the embryo is much more rapid than the differentiation of the entoderm, this germ-layer must lag behind. In most insects the embryo is at the time of its greatest elongation much longer than the yolk-mass and must again shorten to the length of this mass, so that a rapid proliferation of the entoderm may be superfluous, since this layer would have to readjust itself to the yolk with the contraction of the embryo. It may, therefore, be an advantage for the entoderm to be somewhat retarded in its growth. In the Orthoptera, where the embryo lengthens rapidly, shortens, and then lengthens again to envelope the yolk we may suppose, for reasons to be given in the sequel, that yolk has been acquired. This seems also to be suggested by the histological structure of the embryonic entoderm; this layer consisting of large polygonal cells in the Coleoptera, which have only a medium amount of yolk, while in the Orthoptera the attenuate entoderm-bands consist of a very few flat cells.^

It is probable that when more forms have been carefully

1 Blatta iomx^ a very rare exception in this respect.

2 A very similar condition may be observed in the case of the blastoderm. In the Coleoptera and Diptera, which have a medium or small amount of yolk, the newly formed blastoderm is a deeply columnar epithelium ; in the Orthoptera it is a true pavement epithelium.


Studied a method of entoderm formation midway between the unipolar and bipolar methods will be found to obtain in some insects. We must admit that a contribution of elements to the entoderm from the interpolar region of the furrow is not with certainty precluded in several of the species which have been studied. Thus Heider, ('89) while inclined to believe that such a contribution does not take place in the anterior portion of the germ-band, believes that it may take place in the posterior abdominal segments. Cholodkowsky ('91^) is inclined to accept a still more diffuse origin for the entoderm. " Untersuchungen zahlreicher Schnittserien machen es wahrscheinlich, dass an verschiedenen Stellen des Keimstreifens sich einzelne Zellen vom ausseren Blatte abspalten und an der Bildung des inneren Blattes betheiligen, so dass die Entstehungsart des letzteren sehr complicirt erscheint."

Starting with the same postulate as Kowalevsky, viz: that the bipolar is derivable from a unipolar condition of the entoderm — Cholodkowsky ('9l^' '9l'^) proceeds to account for this phenomenon in a very different way from his compatriot. He takes the small, round blastopore of Astaats, stretches it till it equals the insect blastopore in length, introduces a number of modifications — such as the median groove and the pairs of lateral depressions and believes that he has found an explanation " sehr klar und ungezwungen " for all the different blastopores, not only in the Insecta, but also in the meroblastic eggs of vertebrates. It was Kleinenberg who said: "Gewagte Hypothesen, kiihne Schliisse niitzen der Wissenschaft fast immer, die Schemata schaden ihr, wenn sie die vorhandenen Kenntnisse in eine leere und dazu noch schiefe Form bringen und beanspruchen tiefere Einsicht zu geben." The latter part of this aphorism seems to be particularly applicable to Cholodkowsky's exposition. As Graber ("91) has briefly pointed out, there are no grounds for comparing the Astaciis blastopore with the entire insect blastopore. In the Decapods this orifice is confined to the anal region and if comparable at all to the median furrow in insects, must be compared with the caudal entoderm pole. This is all that is admissible, since the mesoderm of the Decapoda arises from the anterior lip of the blastopore and


proliferates headward. That such is its origin has been shown by Bobretzky and Reichenbach for Astacits ('86), by Paul Mayer for Eupagurus ('77), and by Bumpus for Homanis ('9l). To Cholodkowsky both the extent and position of the blastopore are of little consequence as is abundantly evident from his reply to Graber's well-founded objection. It is this very neglect of what are generally and, I believe, rightly considered two of the most important matters in the discussion of the germlayers, which stamps Cholodkowsky' s hypothesis as superficial and inadequate.

There is, however, one redeeming suggestion in his hypothesis, viz : that the diverging grooves at the posterior end of the blastopore in insects may correspond to the " Sichelrinne " of vertebrates. Certainly the relations of the grooves to the median furrow in Xiphidiiim (see Fig. i.) closely resemble in surface view the relations of the " Sichelrinne " to the primitive streak in the chick as figured by Koller ('8l) and in the triton as figured by Oscar Hertwig ('90, p. 99).

While most investigators probably agree with Kowalevsky and Cholodkowsky in deriving the bipolar from a unipolar condition of the entoderm. Patten does not share this view ('90). In his opinion, which is based on Kleinenberg's interpretation of the gastrula, the blastopore is restricted to the oral region, and such depressions as occur at the posterior end of the germband, as well as the formation of teloblasts in that region, are supposed by him to have no connection with the blastopore, but to be merely the instruments of unipolar growth. "The Arthropod body represents an outgrowth from the trochosphere, but the trochosphere itself, the coelenterate stage, has disappeared. Hence there is no such thing as a gastrula in Arthropods and strictly speaking, no germ-layers." It is clear that this view must stand or fall with Kleinenberg's theoretical conclusions on which it is based, and we may venture to say that E. B. Wilson's recent work ('9o) has rendered this foundation very insecure, notwithstanding Patten's rather confidant assertion that "in Lopadorhyttchus it is certain that the greater part of the mesoderm arises from the ectoderm at the growing tip of the tail, and has nothing to do with primitive mesoderm."


But it would be out of place to consider the widest bearings of Patten's hypothesis in this paper since I am concerned with it only in so far as it bears on the germ-layers of insects. Startino- with the assumption that the blastopore is confined to the mouth, he attempts to show that the median furrow is a purely secondary structure. "That the median furrow of insects is merely an ontogenetic adaptation is sufficiently evident from the fact that it may be present or absent in closely related forms." This, however, is not the case. On the contrary the furrow or a slight modification of it is, we have every reason to suppose, universally present in the Insecta, at least in the Pterygota, and this wide occurrence of the structure is one of the surest indications of its high antiquity and phylogenetic importance.

In the latter part of his discussion Patten admits that there are " structures in Arthropods which may represent remnants of gastrulas. For example, if the mouth and oesophagus of Arthropods is primitive — and there is no reason to suppose it is secondarily acquired — then we must look for primitive entoderm at its inner end. I have figured in 'Eyes of Acilius,' at the very anterior end of the embryo, a great sac of entoderm cells which probably arise by invagination, although the process was not directly observed. The sac, which soon opens outward by the oesophagus, afterwards becomes solid, and finally is converted into two longitudinal bands, one on either side, extending backwards to the middle of the body, where they become continuous with similar bands extending forwards from the posterior end of the embryo." Patten admits that true entoderm is formed at two widely separated regions of the body, but he implies that only the anterior centre is comparable to the entoderm of other animals, the posterior centre being a new and purely adaptive formation. It is just here that his theory appears to me to fail, since it does not explain why the oral and anal centres should resemble each other so very closely in origin, method of growth and histological structure.


III. The Indusium and its Homologues.

In none of the Pterygota hitherto studied has there been found any trace of a structure comparable to the indusium of Xipliidi7iin and OrcJieliimivi. The organ appears to have been retained by the Locustidas and completely lost by the embryos of other winged insects. In some of the Apterygota, however, there is an embryonic organ which gives a clue to the possible homologues of the indusium. I allude to the so-called "micropyle" of the Poduridae.

During the summer of 'gi I was so fortunate as to secure the eggs of Anitrida mavitinia in great numbers. They are much larger than any of the Poduran eggs hitherto studied - — so large that they may be removed from their choria by means of dissecting-needles and partially stained for surface views. It is also an easy matter to obtain good sections.^ When first deposited the eggs are provided with a thin transparent chorion and vitelline membrane, but after cleavage, which is total, is completed and the blastoderm formed, a yellow, peculiarly striated chitinous membrane is secreted from the surface. The Qgg then enlarges till the chorion and vitelline membrane are burst. The striated membrane was described by Ryder ('86), but he failed to observe that it is attached to a large circular ring — the " micropyle." In section (Fig. V) this organ is seen to be a very decided thickening of the blastoderm which at this time covers the whole yolk-mass as a single layer of minute columnar cells. In the "micropyle" the cells and nuclei are much enlarged and often considerably vacuolated. Surface views prepared according to the partial staining method show that the embryo is already faintly outlined on the yolk and that the ring-shaped organ lies just in front of its head (Fig. VI). The ^g^ being spherical, the embryo is curled in a semicircle and the "micropyle" thus comes to lie on the dorsal surface nearer the head than the tail of the germ-band. In the figure a more advanced embryo is represented as spread out on a flat

1 I mention this because the few fragmentary accounts that have been published on the development of the Poduridae are based on the study of the embryo viewed through the chorion and other envelopes. This has given rise to some errors which I hope to point out in a future paper.



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surface. The resemblance of the "micropyle" to the indusium is apparent at a glance {cf. Fig. 2, PI. I). I have followed the organ in Aimrida through the later stages by means of sections and find that it persists for some time as a simple thickening of the blastoderm, still connected with the peculiar striated membrane which stands away from the surface of '■the blastoderm at all other points. Finally, when the embryo has become flexed dorsoventrally and the body-walls are closed, it sinks into the yolk and is absorbed.

Fig. V.

Median section of the egg of Aimrida jnaritima. d.o., "micropyle"; bid.,


Although much simpler in its structure, I do not hesitate to homologize this " micropylar " organ in Amirida and the PoduridcE in general with the indusium of Xiphidiiim. A possible objection to this homology, on the ground that the indusium arises on the ventral face of the Qg^, while the Podurid " micropyle " is dorsal, has little weight, since the organ bears in either case the same relation to the head of the embryo. Provided, therefore, the egg of Aimrida were to acquire yolk


and become greatly elongated, like the Xiphidiicrn ^^g, the micropylar organ must come to lie on the same surface of the yolk as the germ-band.

It has been repeatedly suggested, and, I believe, on very

good grounds, that the Podurid "micropyle" is the homologue

^y:-.... of the crustacean "dorsal organ." In

^ 0^ "% ^^ both groups the organ arises soon

%..••-■.# ,1 after the germ-band is mapped out on

^^"■■"' the yolk, and m both groups it is a

circular or oval thickening of the blas ..:•=•■■"-• • •.. toderm Ivino^ in the median dorsal line

1^. _.. -j'y^ distinctly nearer the head than the

•'«*iA .;L,J . fe--!*^ j^^ telson. In the Crustacea its centre

j^.-y; •"_^'^'{)^ often shows a depression to the walls

mx^ of which the Blastoderm-haut is

— ^■^ attached, while standing away from

V^. — ™..>^ ^YyQ surface of the egg at other points.

■ »^ An exactly similar condition obtains

'""Xri: in the Poduridae; a slight depression

-^•u'^ <M> marks the centre of the organ in

Amirida, while in AnnropJioriis (Lemoine, '8?) there appears to be a deep pit at the attachment of the chitinous envelope. This depression is comr - '- '^^- parable to the depression seen in

Fig". ^ in XipJiidium, where the cirFiG VI i3 -^ -t

' . , . cular fold is encroaching on the

Embryo of Anurtda maritima spread out on a flat CllSK.

surface, f/.^., " micropyle " /(^., Up to the Stage represented in

labrum;/^/.,procephaiiclobe; ^j^^ figure just referred to, the indu «^, antenna; /c. i?/., minute ap- . .,, , i

pendage of the tritocerebral Slum Will bear close comparison

segment; Wirt'., mandible; wx', with the crustaccau " dorsal Organ."

«x^ first and second maxillae; j^^ ^J^g f^j-g^ stages of its spread■p'^-p'^, first to third thoracic . -^ 1 ui 4. t. *. ^ "^ ' , ^ . 1 J ms: it also resembles to some extent

appendages; a/S first abdom- »

inal appendage (= left half of the saddle-shaped " dorsal organ" collophore); fl/% second ab- Qf Ouisciis, PorcelHo, and Ligia.

dominal appendage; ««., anus. -^^^^ beyond this point it differs

widely from its homologues, and it is difficult to see why it


should persist, and instead of sinking into the yolk, envelop the whole egg, secrete a granular and thereupon a chitinous layer, and finally, during revolution take on the function of a true serosa. That the organ is rudimental is shown by its tendency to vary, especially during fhe earlier stages of its development; that it still performs some function is indicated by its somewhat complicated later development and by its survival in but very few forms out of the vast group of Pterygotous insects. This seeming paradox may be explained, if we suppose that the indusium was on the verge of disappearing, being the last rudiment of some very ancient structure. As such a rudiment it no longer fell under the influence of natural selection, and for this reason began to vary considerably like other rudimental organs. Some of these fortuitous variations may have come to be advantageous to the embryo, and were perhaps again seized upon by natural selection ; the nearly extinct organ being thus resuscitated and again forced to take an acti^ve part in the processes of development.

Pursuing the homologies of the indusium still further we come to the Arachnida, where we find in the primitive cumulus of spiders a structure comparable in many ways to the Podurid "micropyle," as v. Kennel ('85, '88) and Lemoine ('87) have suggested. There is, however, so much difference of opinion regarding the position and signification of the primitive cumulus that I should hardly be willing to agree with these authors, were it not for two of Claparede's figures of the Pholciis embryo ('62, Figs. 6 and 7, PI. I). These show in the median dorsal line a thickening which forcibly recalls the "micropyle" of Anurida. Still it must be admitted that Claparede has failed to prove the identity of this thickening with the primitive cumulus.

In Pentastomids the "facette" or "cervical cross" described by Leuckart ('60) and Stiles ('9i) is very probably the homologue of the crustacean dorsal organ and the insect indusium.

Although no homologous structure has yet been detected in the Myriopoda, the occurrence of a dorsal-organ-like structure in such widely separated groups as the Hexapoda, Araneina, Pentastomids, and Crustacea is sufficient reason for regarding


it as exceedingly ancient and as well-developed before the existing subdivisions of the Arthropoda were established. To seek a homologue of the "dorsal organ" among existing annelids may be regarded by some as a hopeless undertaking. Still I would call attention to Apathy's observation ('88) on Clepsine biocidata. The adult of this species has long been known to possess a chitinous plate in the median line between the head and the prasclitellum. Apathy finds that this plate is the remnant of an embryonic sucking-disk, the glandular cells of which secrete a bundle of byssus-like threads that harden on contact with the water and serve to anchor the undeveloped young to the ventral concavity of the mother-leech. A similar organ is also found in the young of Clepsine heteroclita. It is certainly no great step from this embryonic sucking-disk of the Hirudinea to the Phyllopod "cervical gland" which is also used as a sucker, and which Fritz Muller ('64) and Grobben ('79) regard as homologous with the "dorsal organ" of the Amphipoda.

IV. The Envelopes and Revolution of the Insect Embryo.

I. The Amnion ajid Serosa.

The formation of two cellular envelopes, the amnion and serosa, by a folding of the primitive extra-embryonal blastoderm, is rightly considered one of the most characteristic features of the Hexapod embryo. The envelopes are not, however, common to all insects. An amnion is completely lacking in the Poduridae,^ and consequently the extra-embryonal blastoderm in these forms is strictly comparable to the corresponding portion of the blastoderm in Crustacea, Myriopoda, and Arachnida. This is proved by the fact that it ultimately forms the definitive dorsal body-wall. So far as our present knowledge extends, the Apterygota may be regarded as Hexapoda Anamniota, and

1 Lemoine ('87) describes a cellular " membrane amniotique " in Anurophoriis, but he does not represent it in his figures and did not study it in section. I therefore incline to doubt the correctness of his observation, especially as I can find no traces of a cellular envelope in the Antirida egg, which on account of its size is a far more favorable egg for study than that of Aiiurophorus.

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placed over against the Pter}-gota, which are characterized by the possession of an amnion (Hexapoda Amniota). There is a gap between these two groups of insects similar to the gap between the amniote and anamniote vertebrates. Whether it will be filled by the future study of such orthopteroid forms as Machilis, Lepisvia and Fotjicula remains to be seen. For the present I am inclined to believe that the amnion first made its appearance in the ancestral Pterygota. Even if it be contended that the amnion was once present in the Apterygota and subsequently lost, its origin could not consistently be pushed further back than the Hexapoda, since this envelope is lacking in the IMyriopoda, which, there is reason to believe, lie in the direct line of descent. The proof that the so-called amnions of Pcjipatiis. Scorpions and Pseudoscorpions are the homologues of the insect amnion is not forthcoming. Judging from the few descriptions of their formation, they appear to have arisen independently within their respective groups.

Just as many of the Pter}-gota develop only rudiments of winjrs or have altogether ceased to develop these organs in the adult state, so the embr)-os of the Pter)^gota in some cases develop only rudimental envelopes or none at all. It is reported that the amnion is lacking in the Proctotrupid H}-menoptera (Ayers, '84) and rudimental in :Muscidae (Kowalevsky, '86 ; Graber, '89) and viviparous Cecidomyidae (]\Ietschniko£f, '66). Certain ants of ^Madeira are incidentally mentioned by Metschnikoff as having the envelopes represented only by a small mass of cells in the dorsal region. The absence or abortion of the amnion is almost certainly a secondary condition. The Proctotrupidae are egg-parasites and undergo an extremely aberrant embr}^onic and lar\'al development. Both these and the other insects mentioned belong to groups characterized by high specialization. This is notably the case with the ants and with the Muscidae which show considerable aberration in their embr>^onic and lar^-al stages. The paedogenesis of the Cecidomyids studied by Metschnikoff stamps them also as aberrant. Moreover the embr)-os of other Orthorrhaphous Diptera (Simulidae, Chironomidae, Tabanidae) have perfectly normal envelopes.


Many attempts have been made to explain the origin of the amnion in insects. It first appears abruptly and fully developed in the Orthoptera just as the vertebrate amnion appears abruptly in the Reptilia. One school, represented by Nusbaum (-87) and v. Kennel ('85, '88), regards the insect amnion as a structure of high phylogenetic value and would trace it to some organ in the lower Arthropods or in the worms. According to another view advocated by Will ('88) and myself (■89), the amnion has had no such remote phylogenetic history, but has arisen more recently in response to certain purely mechanical conditions of development.

Nusbaum advances the opinion that the cellular envelopes of the insect embryo are homologous with the "dorsal organ" of Crustacea. The saddle-shaped "dorsal organ" of Ligia and Oniscus is regarded as the key to this homology, the two flaps which clasp the sides of the Isopod embryo being equivalent to undeveloped amnioserosal folds. But I have shown in the present paper that the indusium of Xiphidiiim is very probably the homologue of the crustacean "dorsal organ," and as there is besides a well developed amnion and serosa in XipJiidiiim, Nusbaum's hypothesis must fall to the ground. His assertion was certainly premature that the " deux series des organes aussi characteristiques que le sont I'organe dorsal et les enveloppes embryonnaires, s'excluent reciproquement dans les deux groupes des Arthropodes, c'est-a-dire chez les Tracheates et les Crustaces."

So far as the insect envelopes are concerned v. Kennel's views do not differ essentially from Nusbaum's. He likewise homologizes the crustacean "dorsal organ" and the Poduran "micropyle" with the Hexapod amnion and serosa. But he goes further and includes under the same homology the amnion of Pcripatiis, Scorpions and Chelifer and the chitinous envelopes of Myriopods. He supposes all these structures to represent remnants of the annelid trochophore. I feel confident that he has jumbled together at least three categories of organs which cannot be regarded as homologous inter se, viz. : (i) the series of structures typically represented by the Crustacean "dorsal organ"; (2) the cellular envelopes of insects;


(3) the chitinous cuticles. As stated above, the amnions of Peripattis and Scorpions probably also represent structures of independent origin and no wise homologous with the envelopes of insects. It is perhaps unnecessary to add that the reduction of all these structures to the annelid trochophore is in the present state of our knowledge little more than a wild guess.

Graber ('90) has criticized the view advanced by Will and myself, that the insect amnion arose by an invagination of the germ-band like that of some Myriopods {GeopJiilus). His contention is certainly in great measure well-founded. Still I believe that it does not affect the essential point of the hypothesis which implies that the amnioserosal fold is the mechanical result of a local induplication of the blastoderm due to rapid proliferation in a single layer of cells.

Ryder ('86) has sought a mechanical explanation for the amnion, and although his paper treats mainly of the vertebrate amnion, he evidently implies that the homonymous envelope of the Insecta had a similar origin. According to him "the amnion in all forms has arisen in consequence of the forces of growth resident in the embryo, encountering peripheral and external resistance either in the form of a rigid outer egg-shell (zona radiata) or decidua reflexa, or even the walls of the uterine cavity itself, supposing of course that a large vesicular blastoderm containing yolk has been formed by epiboly."

This view applies with little alteration to the Insecta. There is the vesicular one-layered blastoderm filled with yolk and the germ-band arising by rapid proliferation at one point. The resistance of the yolk being less than the external resistance of the tightly fitting chorion and vitelline membrane on the one hand combined with the peripheral resistance of the extraembryonal blastoderm on the other, the germ-band is forced to invaginate. This invaginative process is favored by the displacement of yolk during its liquefaction and absorption by the growing embryo. We may suppose that this invagination which results in the formation of the amnioserosal fold, assumed a definite and specific character in different groups of insects.


Conditions similar to those to which the insect germ-band is subjected during its younger stages are often present in the ova and young of other animals, and would be expected to lead to the formation of structures similar to the insect amnion. And this is found to be the case. A hasty glance through the animal kingdom at once suggests a number of parallel instances : the invagination from which the Cestode head develops in the Cysticercus ; the similar invagination in the larval Gordiid ; the origin of the Nemertine in the Pilidium; the formation of the definitive trunk in Aulastoma, according to Bergh ('85); the development of the trunk and Scheitelplatte in Sipimciihis , according to Hatschek ('84); the formation of the young Spatangid in the Pluteus, according to Metschnikoff, and the somewhat similar conditions in the development of the Aniedon, according to Barrois ('88); the formation of the trunk in the Actinotrocha of Phoronis (E. B. Wilson '8I); the development of the Polyzoan within the statoblast (Oka '91 ; Davenport '91). I need hardly say that the development of the amnion and serosa in vertebrates is a strictly analogous case. A case still more to the point, because occurring in the Insecta, is the formation of the imaginal disks. In this process we have all gradations till we reach the extreme in Miisca, where the hollow disks whose inner walls bud forth the imaginal appendages are almost completely abstricted from the original hypodermis. The resistance of the chitinous cuticle of the larva in causing the invagination of the disks admits of easy observation. It certainly cannot be claimed that in all the different forms here enumerated genetic relationship lies at the bottom of the mutual agreement in the methods of forming the trunk or certain organs. On the contrary, everything o-oes to show that these similar methods in widely separated groups have been independently acquired under the stress of similar developmental conditions.

Perhaps the most difficult point to explain in the view here advanced, is the complete abstriction of the amnion from the serosa in nearly all insects. It is more natural to suppose that the inner envelope would remain continuous with the outer, so that the embryo could the more readily be everted


durino- revolution. The only explanation I have to offer, will be given in connection with a discussion of the movements of the germ-band. In that connection the variations in the development and amputation of the envelopes in the different groups of insects may also be treated to greater advantage.

2 The Yolk.

To my knowledge, the quantity of yolk in the insect q.^% has not been made the subject of comparative study. It has long been vaguely stated (luide Brauer, '69 and '70) that the eggs of Ametabolous insects contain relatively more yolk than the eggs of the Metabola. In other groups of animals (Crustacea, Annelida, Mollusca, Vertebrata) it is often observed that absence of yolk is correlated with free larval development, while in eggs provided with an abundance of yolk the larval stages are either lacking or considerably modified. This same law obtains also in the Hexapoda, though it can hardly be formulated so concisely as in other groups of animals. And this is not surprising when we stop to consider that, as regards complexity of organization, the difference between the simplest insect larvae, such as those of the Muscidae and their highly specialized imagines, is far from being as great as the differences between the trochophore and the Annelid, or the Nauplius and the crustacean.

Beginning with the Orthoptera we find that the ^g^ is provided with an abundance of yolk, — the germ-band when first formed in most cases covers only a very small portion of its surface, and when it reaches its maximum length before revolution is no longer than, and usually not so long as, the ^^g)The period of embryonic development is greatly prolonged; most of the species are monogoneutic and oviposit in the fall, the larvae not hatching till the following spring or summer. There is practically no metamorphosis.

In the most highly metabolic insects (Muscidae) on the other hand, the quantity of yolk is comparatively limited. The germband before revolution is nearly double the length of the ^gg,

1 To this rule Gryllotalpa seems to be a noteworthy exception.


SO that the head and tail ends nearly meet. Embryonic development is completed in a day, and the larva must pass through a complex metamorphosis to reach the imaginal state.

The chasm between these two extremes is bridged by the less metabolic insects (Coleoptera, Neuropotera, Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, etc.). The quantity of yolk is intermediate between that of the Orthopteran and Dipteran ^gg. The germband, like that of the Muscidae, is longer than the egg when it reaches its full length. But it is at this time much narrower than the yolk-mass, whereas in the Muscidae it embraces nearly half the circumference of the yolk. The larvae usually hatch after a period of ten to thirty days in a relatively more advanced stage of organization than Dipteran larvae.

It is probable that the quality of the yolk is also an important factor in development. The yolk of the Orthoptera and Rhynchota is dense and resembles that of the crustacean and Arachnid &gg, while the yolk of the Metabola seems to have a much looser molecular structure. Hence, bulk alone is no criterion of the amount of yolk in an insect's ^g%.

The view here advocated, that the eggs of the Ametabola contain more yolk than those of the Metabola, admits of some exceptions. Thus the 17-year locust {Cicada septendecini) is a large insect with incomplete metamorphosis, but it nevertheless produces a great number of very small eggs. This is, however, seen to be a greater advantage to the insect than the production of a few large eggs, when we consider the extremely long period of larval life and the vicissitudes to which the larvae may be subjected during all this time. Similarly, Meloe angiisticollis produces a great number of very small eggs, while the eggs of the smaller beetles {DorypJwra, e.g.)' are much larger. But Meloe is a parasite form, and probably only a few of its many offspring ever succeed in gaining access to the eggs of the bee. The larvae, as shown by their hypermetamorphosis, are subjected to very varied conditions, and this would still further tend to reduce the number of successful individuals. As in anemophilous plants many germs are produced, but very few are destined ever to prosper. Many other exceptions to the general rule, like these two, are probably due to habits


which necessitate the production of a great number of ova at the expense of their size. The opposite exception occurs in the parasitic Pupipara, where the nourishment of the single larva within the parent is equivalent to the production of a large yolk-laden 0^%%}

The question naturally arises: Were the eggs of the primitive Insecta poor or rich in yolk } As all the evidence of comparative anatomy, embryology and paleontology goes to show that the Metabola are the more recent, the Ametabola the more ancient forms, we are justified in maintaining that primitive insects, or at any rate the primitive Pterygota supplied their eggs with a considerable quantity of yolk. At first sight the Apterygota, which have holoblastic eggs, would seem to constitute a serious obstacle to this view, but it must be remembered that total cleavage is not necessarily a criterion of paucity of yolk (witness Arachnida, Crustacea, and Myriopoda). Furthermore, the eggs of some Thysanura, Ajiurida, e.g. are provided with an abundance of yolk. Holoblastic cleavage in this group is probably a Myriopod trait, as was long ago suggested by Metschnikoff ('74). We might perhaps conclude that the superficial type of cleavage, like the embryonic en 1 The differences between the eggs of different insects with respect to the amount of yolk is systematically disregarded by Graber ('90). This is shown by his classification of germ-bands as microblastic and macroblastic, brachyblastic and tanyblastic. These distinctions are readily shown to be distinctions in the amount of yolk and not in the germ-band. Thus the just-established germ-bands of the Saltatory Orthoptera appear to be very small because the eggs contain an enormous quantity of yolk; while the germ-band of the Muscidae appears correspondingly large on account of the small quantity of yolk. The amount of yolk fluctuates even within the limits of the single orders so that the newly-formed germbands appear to differ in length more than they really do. In the Orthoptera we have the following series in which the amount of yolk decreases, the germ-band in consequence appearing to increase: Melanoplus, Mantis, CEcanthtis, Gryllus, Xip/iidiutn, Blatta, {?) Gryllotalpa.

Graber's further classification of germ-bands as orthoblastic and ankyloljJastic, or straight and curved, is equally artificial In the great majority of cases the shape of the germ-band depends upon the yolk surface on which it arises, or over which it happens to grow. The uselessness of such a classification is also shown in the case of Xiphidium and Orchelinmm, where the just-established germ-band is straight, but becomes curved in passing to the dorsal surface, and thereupon again becomes straight. To which of Graber's classes does this germ-band belong ?


velopes and the wings, originated in the ancestral Pterygota. But Lemoine ('8?) claims that the segmentation of the Poduran Aiiiirophoriis laricis approaches the superficial type, so that this latter may have had a still more remote origin. It is, however, hopeless to speculate on this subject till the eggs of many more Thysanura and Myriopoda, including the Symphyla, have been studied.

The relations of yolk-quantity to the movements of the embryo will be considered in the following paragraphs.

3. Blastokinesis.

According to Hallez ('85 and '86) ** La cellule-oeuf possede la meme orientation que I'organisme maternel qui I'a produite: elle a un pole cephalique et un pole caudal, un cote droit et un cote gauche, une face dorsale et une face ventrale; et ces differentes face de la cellule-oeuf coincident aux faces correspondantes de I'embryon." This law was founded on a study of the eggs of Periplaneta, Hydrophihis and Lociista, but it finds full support in the descriptions and figures of all investigators of insect development.^ My own observations, based on some thirty different insects, accord perfectly with those of Hallez.

In most eggs the cephalic and caudal poles are readily distinguishable, the micropyle being usually located at or near the former. In exceptional cases, however, it is located at the caudal pole. There is frequently a slight flexure in the longitudinal axis of the ^gg, foreshadowing the dorsal and ventral, and consequently also the lateral regions of the mature embryo. The more nearly the ^gg approaches the spherical form, as in certain Lepidoptera and Coleoptera and in the Trichoptera, the more obscure become the relations of the egg-surfaces to the body-surfaces of the mature embryo. There is, however, every reason to suppose that these relations still exist.

The practical value of Hallez' law was shown in studying the XipJiidiiim Qg% ; all the movements of the germ-lDand could

1 The only exception is Ayers, who was undoubtedly mistaken in regard to the orientation of the young GLcanthiis embryo.


at once be referred to the axis of the mature embryo. When the eggs of other insects are oriented in the same manner, it is seen that the germ-band invariably arises on the ventral surface of the yolk with its procephaleum directed towards the cephalic, and its tail towards the caudal pole. No matter what positions it may subsequently assume, it always returns to its original position before hatching. Frequently the germ-band, when newly formed, lies nearer the lower than the upper pole {Calopteryx, CEcant/ms, Stagviomantis, Hydrop/iihis, Qtc). The usual movements are very simple ; from a position of rest on the ventral surface of the G.gg, the germ-band moves through an arc till its body is completely inverted. Then it rests and again passes back through the same arc to its original position on the ventral yolk. These movements may be compared to the single vibration of a pendulum. The ascending movement I shall designate as anatrepsis, the descending as katatrepsis, the intervening resting stage as the diapmisc. The general term blastokincsis may be used to include all the oscillatory movements of the germ-band.

Inasmuch as the germ-bands in other Arthropods (Crustacea, Myrioix)da, Arachnida, and Thysanura) exhibit no movements comparable to those of the lower Pterygota, and since, moreover, the insect germ-band is formed in exactly the same manner as that of other Arthropods and ultimately returns to its original position, no matter what oscillations may intervene, it is safe to infer that blastokincsis has been acquired within the Hexapod and probably even within the Pterygote group. We may also infer from the intimate relations of envelopeformation to blastokincsis in most forms, that both of these processes arose at about the same time.

No attempt has been made to account for the origin of blastokincsis. It has occurred to me that it may be due to causes of a purely physiological nature. The eggs of the primitive Pterygota were, as I have attempted to show, provided with a considerable amount of food yolk. Like their modern descendants they were probably also invested with dense chitinous envelopes. These must render the respiration of the embryo difficult as compared with embryonic respiration in annelids, mollusks and


vertebrates, or even as compared with the Crustacea, which usually have much thinner envelopes than insect eggs. Special provision is also made in many of the Crustacea for aerating the eggs. Now the cells of the rapidly growing insect embryo not only absorb and metabolize the yolk but also give off a certain amount of waste matter. That this is not wholly of a gaseous nature is seen in older embryos which have considerable accumulations of uric salts in the blood corpuscles and fatbody. Waste products are undoubtedly given off during the stages preceding anatrepsis, and probably permeate the yolk in the immediate neighborhood of the germ-band. As the oxidation of these waste products is very probably retarded by sluggish transpiration, and as growth under such conditions would be seriously impeded, we may suppose that the embryo has acquired the habit of moving to another part of the &gg where the yolk is as yet unpolluted. Here it grows apace till the surrounding yolk is again charged with excreta. Growth is then temporarily suspended and the embryo moves back to the ventral surface. The embryo reaches a considerable size before katatrepsis, so that its rotation must cause a considerable circulation in the yolk bodies. This would also serve to aerate the yolk and to bring fresh pabulum in contact with the assimilating cells of the embryo. It may also be noted that in many insects the movements set in at critical periods of growth. Thus in XipJiidium anatrepsis occurs during the addition of new segments, and in many other forms it immediately precedes the formation of new segments. In the Orthoptera, katatrepsis usually occurs in the spring and is the signal for a decisive advance in the development of the heart, sexual organs, compound eyes, etc. During this period, also, the abortion of such rudimental structures as the pleuropodia, abdominal appendages and envelopes seems to be hastened. In short, the whole process of katatrepsis, at least in Xiphidmm, has the aspect of rejuvenescence. It will be remembered that the amnion is formed just before or during anatrepsis. It is probable that the complete abstriction of this envelope from the serosa is a device for favoring the movements of the embryo. The germ-band is thereby set adrift on the yolk and enabled to


mio-ratc to some other surface. This, of course, necessitates a secondary union of the envelopes previous to katatrepsis.

The hypothesis set forth in the preceding paragraphs is also supported indirectly by the fact that in the eggs of the Metabola which are less abundantly provided with yolk than the eggs of the Ametabola, blastokinesis is either faint or wanting. Aeration would be much less necessary in such small eggs. The lengthening and shortening movements seen in the embryos of the Metabola as well as in those of the Ametabola may suffice to keep the yolk circulating. The Lepidopteran germ-band, it is true, exhibits movements, but the eggs of these insects are laid in exposed situations and provided with unusually thick envelopes, so that the movements of the embryo, though differing widely from the typical blastokinesis of lower forms, have perhaps been independently acquired for a similar purpose.

I had intended to give a comparative description of blastokinesis in the different orders of insects but as the known facts have been recently summarized in a masterly manner by Korschelt and H eider ('92) I shall confine my remarks mainly to the Orthoptera. Although Graber, Ayers and others have studied representatives of this very important group, they have given but fragmentary and often inaccurate accounts of the relations of the embryo to the yolk-mass at different periods of development,

I may begin my account with the Saltatoria which comprise the three families Gryllidse, Locustidse and Acrididae. As representatives of the first, Gryllus htcttiosiis and CEcantJms niveus were studied. In both of these insects as was pointed out at p. 42 the germ-band arises on the ventral surface of the yolk near the caudal pole. During the formation of the envelopes anatrepsis sets in and carries the germ-band to the dorsal surface where it rests through the winter in an inverted position with its head directed to the caudal and its tail to the cephalic pole. In the spring the envelopes over the head end first fuse and then rupture ; the embryo is thereupon everted and during katatrepsis passes around the caudal pole to regain its upright position on the ventral yolk. The envelopes during


this process are stripped back over, and finally drawn into the yolk, where they undergo dissolution when the body walls have met in the median dorsal line. The defects in Ayers' description of CEcantlms ('84) were pointed out at p. 43.

Gryllotalpa, the only other Gryllid, which has been studied, seems to differ considerably from Grylhis and (EcantJms. Examination of Korotneff' s figures ('85) shows that this difference is probably more apparent than real. In his surface views, there is a wide gap between his Fig. 2, representing the egg in a preblastodermic stage, and his Fig. 3, representing quite an advanced embryo. One is thus left without any guide to the exact relation of the just-established germ-band to the yolksurfaces. Korotneff' s defective account of the formation of the germ-layers would seem to show that he did not study these early stages closely. It is obvious that Gryllotalpa is blastokinetic both from Korotneff' s statement that the embryo moves during revolution and from his figures 5, 7, and 8, but the exact nature of the process is not clear. The possibility of the embryo's passing to the opposite surface of the ^g% is not precluded by the conditions seen in Figs. 7 and 8. Judging from Gryllus and CEcanthiis I am inclined to think that the embryo exhibits both ana- and katatrepsis, but that Korotneff has overlooked the former and misinterpreted the latter


In the Locustid^, as represented by Xiphidimn and Orcheliimnn, we find a modification of the blastokinetic process observed in Grylhis. Instead, however, of arising near the caudal pole, the germ-band is formed on the middle of the ventral surface, and instead of passing around the caudal pole during anatrepsis it passes through the yolk as if to reach the dorsal surface by a shorter path. Katatrepsis is essentially the same as in the Gryllidse, the embryo passing around the caudal pole. This lack of coincidence in the anatreptic and katatreptic paths is one of the most striking peculiarities of Locustid development; since it is known to occur in no other insect. It is probable that the anatreptic embryo originally passed around the lower pole, but that owing to the formation of the embryo higher up on the ventral surface, and perhaps also to an acqui

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sition of yolk at the lower pole, this movement has been deflected.

Melanoplus fcmiir-i'iibrmn was studied as a representative of the Acrididae. The germ-band is formed very near the caudal pole of the &%%, but still on the convex ventral surface. During the formation of the envelopes the posterior end of the body grows around the pole onto the dorsal surface, while its head remains fixed at the pole. It is not until the germ-band has reached a stage corresponding to Stage F. in XipJiiditim that its head leaves the pole and the whole body moves upward on the dorsal surface. It soon comes to a standstill and passes the winter in this inverted position. In the spring it moves back around the lower pole and, like the Gryllid and Locustid embryo in a corresponding stage, proceeds to lengthen and envelop the yolk till its head reaches the cephalic pole,

Packard ('83) seems to have been the first to study the development of Acridians {MelanopliLs sprehis and M. atlanis). But he had no conception of the true relations of the embryo to the yolk, as is shown by his Fig. i, PI. XVII, where the ^gg is depicted with the micropylar end uppermost. Leuckart ('55) long ago showed that the Acridian micropyle is located at the caudal pole. If the Q.gg figured by Packard be inverted, it will represent the embryo on the point of undergoing katatrepsis.

The same error is committed by Graber in his accounts of StenobotJirus variabilis ('88, '9o). Misled, like Packard, by the position of the micropyle, he has mistaken the caudal for the cephalic pole. To mean anything his figures must be inverted. As I have not yet studied the later stages of Melanoplus in section, I will not attempt to describe the details of katatrepsis. Graber claims to have observed that the pleural ectoderm, where it passes into the amnion proliferates a thin cell-lamella to form the dorsal wall, while the amnion remains intact and still covers the ventral face of the embryo. This account is not substantiated by his figures (i and 2, PI. I). The two thin cell-lamellae extending over the dorsal surface have every appearance of being the walls of the heart, and therefore mesodermal, although it is difficult to see how this organ could be so completely formed in so early a stage. As


Graber has paid no attention to the movements of the StenobctJirus embryo, and as he most assuredly has not demonstrated from a careful study of the later stages that the lamella in question is really converted into the dorsal wall, I cannot attribute much value to his observation.

The foregoing observations go to show that the blastokinetic processes are essentially the same throughout the suborder Saltatoria. Each family presents certain deviations from the type, which is probably most closely adhered to in the Gryllidse. Anatrepsis is aberrant in the Locustidae, while the Acrididae are aberrant in the tardy separation of the procephaleum from the lower pole. Notwithstanding these deviations the Saltatoria form a clearly circumscribed group embryologically as well as anatomically, and were it not for Gryllotalpa would be separated by a wide gap from all other Orthoptera. Gryllotalpa is a generalized form, as Brauer has pointed out from a study of its anatomical peculiarities ('86), and his conclusions are to some extent substantiated by the large size of the germband as compared with the yolk mass.

In the Cursoria, as represented by Blatta germanica, movements of the embryo are far less apparent. The germ-band never leaves the ventral surface, on the middle of which it first appears. I have shown, nevertheless ('89, text-figures, p, 348), that it moves down the yolk after the rupture of the envelopes till its tail reaches the lower pole. The tail then remains stationary, while the head gradually rises to the cephalic pole as the body walls develop and invest more and more of the yolk. Slight as are these movements, they nevertheless recall the blastokinesis of the Saltatoria. I would regard the movement of the whole Blatta embryo towards the caudal pole as anatreptic ; katatrepsis is probably represented only by the upward growth of the embryo. The very late occurrence of the former movement may be due to its rudimental character, since it is too weak to carry the germ-band around the caudal pole.

Few observations have been published on the relations of the embryo to the yolk in the Gressoria. In Mantis, as I have shown, the germ-band when first formed lies somewhat nearer the posterior than the anterior pole. The embryo never leaves

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the ventral surface of the ^gg, but whether or not it exhibits any traces of blastokinesis my limited material will not enable me to decide, and Graber ('77), Bruce ('86), and Viallanes ('90^ '90^'), have contributed no observations bearing on this point. It is clear, nevertheless, that in its development, Mantis resembles Dlatta more closely than either of these forms resemble the Saltatoria. This merely confirms the view which has long been held respecting the affinities of the Blattidae and Mantidae. From the structural similarity of the Phasmidae and Mantidae we may venture to infer a similarity of embryonic development.

It thus appears that the Orthoptera are clearly separable into two groups — the Saltatoria on the one hand and the Gressoria and Cursoria on the other. The Saltatoria are decidedly blastokinetic whereas the non-saltatory forms retain only faint reminiscences of blastokinesis {Blatta). I am inclined to believe that primitive embryological features have been preserved more faithfully in the Saltatoria than in other Orthoptera. That the habits of oviposition are more primitive in this group is shown by Brongniart's discovery of a fossil Blattid provided with an ovipositor ('89). Moreover, several features in the development of the Saltatoria show great conservatism, e.g. the retention of the indusium in the Locustidae, the order in which the metameres arise, and the myriopodlike habitus of the Xiphidium embryo in Stage D.

Not only does a study of the Saltatoria throw light on the development of other Orthoptera, but it brings the order into closer union with the Odonata and Rhynchota. The blastokinesis of the Gryllidae agrees closely with that of the Hydrocorisa among the Hemiptera — e.g. Corixa, as described by Metschnikoff ('66). Ranatra and Zaitha will bear even a closer comparison with the Gryllidae. In the much elongated ^gg of the former, which has the cephalic pole marked by the pair of diverging pneumatic threads, the germ-band arises as usual on the ventral surface with its head directed upwards. As the envelopes develop it passes around the lower pole and finally assumes an inverted position on the dorsal surface. During katatrepsis it returns over the same path. The inclusion ob


servable in Corixa and probably also in Ranatra, of a small quantity of yolk between the caudal amnion and the overlying serosa when the embryo first passes to the dorsal surface, is often observed in the Saltatoria. It is no great step to pass from the conditions seen in the Hydrocorisa to the " entoblastic " condition of other Hemiptera {Pedicidiis, Aphis, Cicada) and the Odonata {Calopteryx), where the germ-band instead of passing to the dorsal yolk during anatrepsis, comes to lie in the middle of the yolk, or even near the ventral surface {Pyrrhocoris). The Thysanoptera, as may be inferred from Jordan's brief statement ('88), the Corrodentia (Mallophaga) according to Melnikow ('69), and the Psocidae, according to Packard ('84), are also referable to the "entoblastic" type. Concerning the embryonic development of the Plecoptera and Dermaptera nothing is known.

So far only the Homomorpha have been considered. The eggs of the Heteromorpha, as I have attempted to show, contain less yolk. Blastokinesis is nearly or quite lost in this more recent group, a fact that perhaps indirectly tells in favor of my view that the movements of the embryo have been acquired for the purpose of ventilating the yolk and supplying the growing embryo from time to time with fresh pabulum. The transition to the Heteromorpha is probably represented by the Ephemeridea. According to Burmeister's account of the development of Palingenia horaria (I quote from Zaddach, '54) : "am dritten Tage, nachdem das Ei gelegt war, hatte sich der Keimstreif gebildet, der zungenformig war, und sich iiber zwei drittel der Eilange erstreckte, also in Form und Ausdehnung ganz dieselben Verhaltnisse zeigte, wie im Phryganidenei." This may, perhaps, be taken to indicate that the Ephemeridea exhibit no blastokinesis ; but the subject requires urgent investigation.

Among the Heteromorpha it is especially the Coleoptera which still show distinct though abortive movements of the germ-band. HydropJiiltis may be taken as an example. As may be seen from Heider's figures, the germ-band forms on the lower ventral surface of the ^^g. As it grows in length, and the amnion is formed, the tail curls around the caudal pole on

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to the dorsal surface, but soon separates from the serosa so that a small amount of yolk is enclosed between the two envelopes. Later the yolk is expelled from this region and the envelopes become applied to each other. A true movement then sets in and carries the anterior portion of the germ-band forward up the ventral surface till the procephaleum overlaps the cephalic pole {Cf. Heider's figures, 4 ^, 6 a, y a and 9, PI. II. ('89). A certain similarity of these movements to those exhibited in Blatta leads me to believe that they represent a weakened blastokinesis.

Whether or not similar movements occur in the other socalled " ectoblastic " forms (DijDtera, Hymenoptera, Siphonaptera, Neuroptera, Trichoptera) cannot be decided at present. If such movements occur at all they are probably exceedingly weak.

As stated above, the Lepidoptera have developed embryonic movements peculiar to themselves. In all the members of the order hitherto studied, the germ-band arises on the ventral surface of the Q%^, and its envelopes are formed while it is still in this position. As development proceeds the convex ventral surface of the germ-band, with its adherent amnion, moves back from the ventral serosa and soon comes to lie in the middle of the yolk. Hereupon the ventral surface of the embryo becomes concave, and its dorsal surface is applied to the dorsal serosa. I have already remarked that this movement of the embryo may have been independently developed for the same purely physiological purposes as blastokinesis in the Homomorpha. The fact that the movement is represented in the Trichoptera only by the change in flexure of the longitudinal embryonic axis, would seem to indicate that it has been acquired since the Lepidoptera diverged from the Trichopteroid ancestor.

Graber ('9o) has recently made the interesting discovery that the Phytophagous Hymenoptera closely resemble the Lepidoptera in the movements of the embryo and in the amputation of the envelopes. This, taken together with the striking resemblance between the cruciform larvae of the two groups, appears to point to a closer relationship than has usually been claimed.


While studying the movements of the embryo and the formation of the envelopes in the different orders and families of insects, with a view to testing the current classification, which is the outcome of a great amount of comparative anatomical and paleontological work, I have been especially impressed with two facts : First, the embryological data in no wise conflict with the generally accepted classification of Brauer. The developmental variations within limited groups are never greater than the post-embryonic differences in the members of the same groups. Usually there is great uniformity in embryological development between systematically allied insects of the same order ; the wide gaps usually occur between the orders just where gaps have long been pointed out by comparative anatomy and paleontalogy. Second, developmental differences between members of different allied families of Orthoptera are greater than the differences between remotely related families in more recent orders. For example, the differences between a Locustid and an Acridian or a Locustid and a Gryllid embryo, or between any of the Saltatoria and the Blattidae, or Mantidae, are greater than the differences between an embryo Hydrophilid and a Chrysomelid, a Tabanid and a Chironomid, or a Bombycid and a Shingid. Frequently, it is true, the differences between the extremes in the higher orders are considerable, as between the Tenthredinidae and the Proctotrupidas among Hymenoptera, or the Chironomidae and Muscidae among Diptera. If any conclusions bearing on classification can be drawn from the few embryological data which I have collected, they refer to the ordinal value of the various Orthopteran families. It would appear that these groups have really more than family value. They are older than the families of more recent groups, and therefore exhibit greater divergence. The Rhynchota will probably be found to present conditions similar to the Orthoptera. There are certainly more considerable differences between the embryos of such forms as PyrrJiocoris and Ranatra than there are between the embryos of widely separated families among the Coleoptera.


4. TJie Eliviinatioii of the Embryonic Envelopes,

Anatrcpsis and katatrepsis in the lower insect orders, or the completion of the envelopes and their rupture in the higher orders, are separated by a distinct interval, during which the germ-band undergoes a considerable development. *But during this interval, the diapause, no change is noticeable in the envelopes themselves beyond a thinning of the amnion with the increased growth of the embryo. The elimination of the envelopes is preceded by katatrepsis just as their formation was preceded or accompanied by anatrepsis. This elimination is immediately followed by the completion of the dorsal bodywall and may take place in a variety of ways. Korschelt and Heider ('92) distinguish the following types in this process:

1. The amnion and serosa become continuous and, after the eversion of the embryo, are drawn back over the yolk to form a single layer of cells. As the dorsad growth of the body-walls proceeds, both envelopes are drawn together and pushed into the yolk to form a sack or longitudinal tube which is ultimately enclosed by the walls of the mesenteron and absorbed. To this type belong the Odonata, Rhynchota, some Orthoptera {Blatta, QicantJms, Gryllotalpd) and some Coleoptera {HydropJiilus) .

2. The serosa is shed from the yolk and the amnion alone contracts on the dorsal surface preparatory to being drawn into the yolk and absorbed. (Certain Coleoptera, e.g. DorypJiora)

3. The serosa alone is agglomerated and drawn into the dorsal yolk, the amnion being cast off. (Certain Diptera \CJiironomus\ and Trichoptera.)

4. Both envelopes are shed. (Lepidoptera and certain Hymenoptera.)

In Xiphidhmi we may perhaps recognize a fifth type, in which as in the fourth, both amnion and serosa are shed. But while the serosa is in great part shed as a simple membrane, the indusium which is a modified portion of the serosa, together with the amnion is drawn together in a mass and cut off from the embryo. It is more than probable that other types of envelope elimination will be discovered when more forms have


been studied. Musca may perhaps be regarded as representing a distinct type, since in this highly modified form the rudimental amnion and the serosa are neither shed nor agglomerated and engulfed in the yolk, but are supposed to form the definitive body-wall. (Kowalewsky, '86; Graber, '89.)

It is clear that the revolution of the insect embryo includes three distinct processes : first, the eversion and katatrepsis of the germ-band ; second, the formation of the dorsal walls ; and third, the elimination of the envelopes. The mechanical cause of eversion and katatrepsis is probably a contraction on the part of the envelopes after their fusion and rupture over the ventral surface of the embryo. After the embryo is everted from the amniotic cavity, or exposed after the rupture of the amnion and serosa, these envelopes temporarily form the dorsal covering of the yolk. Do they ever form the definitive dorsal body-wall } For both envelopes this is claimed to be the case only in Musca. In all other insects the serosa, at least, takes no part in forming the permanent body-wall, as it is either shed or engulfed in the yolk. The question is, therefore, restricted to the fate of the amnion. In many insects (Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera Phytophaga, some Diptera and Coleoptera), it has been shown that the amnion takes no part in the formation of the definitive bodywall, although a decision on this point is rendered difficult by the fact that no hard and fast line can be drawn between the ectoderm of the germ-band and the cells of the amnion. In other insects the decision is even more difficult. Still, I may say that I have seen nothing in the insects I have studied, to convince me that the amnion is converted into a portion of the permanent body-wall. Even in Musca it seems probable that the amnion and serosa only temporarily function as the body-wall, and that their cells are ultimately replaced by true ectodermal elements from the germ-band. In Blatta and XipJiidiuin I have seen appearances which lead me to believe that at least a part of the amnion may be eliminated by such a process of cell-substitution. I incline, therefore, to the views of Korschelt and Heider ('92), who hold that the envelopes are probably completely eliminated, and that the entire body-wall is derived from the ectoderm of the germ-band.


If this be the correct view, it follows that the dorsal bodywall is formed in essentially the same manner in all insects — by a growth and meeting of the germ-band edges. This process is, therefore, remarkably simple and uniform compared with the processes whereby the envelopes are eliminated. The great variability in the latter case has been dwelt on by Graber ('88) in a paper devoted to dorsal-wall formation in the Insecta. After reviewing all the literature on the subject and contributing many new facts, he proceeds to base a classification of the insects hitherto studied, on the "Keimhtillenzustande." He finds some fault with the current classification on the ground that insects which systematists regard as closely related often present great differences in their respective methods of dorsal-wall formation, whereas remotely related insects often agree very closely in this respect. Thus Lina and HydropJiihis differ more than HydropJiiliis and QicantJms in the processes whereby the dorsal-wall is formed. In considering Graber' s views, I may pass over the awkward and kakophonous nomenclature which he has introduced, to what I regard as his main error, vis. the superficial analysis of his subject. Graber's term "Keimhullenzustande," I take it, includes the formation of the envelopes as well as their condition preceding and during their elimination. Now I have attempted to show that there is nothing in the formation of the envelopes nor in the concomitant anatrepsis of the germ-band in the different insect orders to conflict with the current classification. Nor is there anything in the closure of the dorsal-wall in different groups — restricting this term to the confluence of the pleural edges of the germ-band — to support Graber's conclusion. His statement must therefore be restricted to the elimination processes. That these are highly variable must be admitted, but they are probably of very little taxonomic value, as Graber would probably have observed, had he attempted to account for the wide differences in allied forms and the agreement of remotely related species. It is my opinion that this high degree of variability in the elimination process is to be traced to the same causes as the variability of the indusium, viz., the rudimental character of the envelopes. Up to the close of the diapause


the envelopes subserve a distinct function, but as soon as the germ-band has invested the yolk with its own ectoderm, they have become functionless, or rudimental. Long before this time, in fact ever since their completion, the envelopes show no traces of cell-division. Moreover, their involution into the yolk or complete shedding shows conclusively that their morphological value is at this time reduced to nil. Whether both envelopes are shed instead of being drawn into the yolk, or whether one is shed and the other drawn into the yolk, may depend to some extent on the ease with which the pleural folds can close without their temporary assistance. But which of these processes shall occur in a given insect is probably a matter of no vital importance to the embryo, and has probably played no role in the struggle for existence. The involution of the envelopes, it is true, may add assimilable matter to the embryo, but enough energy to counterbalance this addition is probably consumed in metabolizing the. dead cells. Hence the adoption of this process may be of no greater advantage to the embryo than the complete sloughing of the useless envelopes.

The insect envelopes, therefore, present only another case of an organ which has become specialized for a particular function at the expense of its formative power. This same phenomenon recurs in insect ontogeny. During cleavage certain cells are segregated for the express function of yolk-metabolization (vitellophags), while the remaining cells go to form the blastoderm. Later the cells of the blastoderm separate into those of the germ-band proper and those of the specialized envelopes. Still later, if the insect be metabolic, another splitting occurs, a portion of the hypodermis being set aside in the form of the imaginal disks to supplant the specialized primitive larval hypodermis. The formative material of the insect, like that of other, organisms, thus undergoes a successive splitting into a specialized and a comparatively non-specialized portion. The former, being incapable of metamorphosis, is cast off or broken down, while the latter persists until a new segregation takes place. The analogy of this process to that occurring in rhizomatous plants, Polyzoa, etc., need not be pointed out in detail.

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V. Neurogenesis in the Insecta. I. TJie Nerve-cord.

The first traces of the central nervous system of Xip}iidiiim make their appearance at a very early stage, before the blastopore is closed and while the envelopes are still incomplete. In this stage (Fig. 2) surface preparations made according to the methods given in the latter part of this paper, show a number of pale spots scattered over the procephalic lobes. They frequently occur also in the maxillary region, and, were it possible to remove the amnio-serosal fold without injuring the surface of the germ-band, would probably be found to extend still further caudad. The meaning of these spots is apparent when sections of embryos in Stages B-D are examined. In a transverse section (Fig. 25) through the middle of the abdomen of an embryo in Stage D, the ectoderm, which bulges out somewhat on either side of the median line, is seen to consist of two kinds of elements. First, there are a few large, clear, polygonal cells with spherical nuclei («<5.), lying in the deeper portion of the layer; and second, a much greater number of small and more deeply stainable cells {db}), differing in no essential respect from the cells forming the remainder of the ectodermal layer, such as the appendages. The latter cells have smaller, oval or cuneate nuclei, which appear to contain more chromatin than the large inner cells. While the small cells form a continuous layer, the large elements make their appearance singly or in small clusters, as seen in the figure. It is these pale clusters underlying the darker cells which produce the pale spots seen from the surface.

The large pale cells may be called neuroblasts — since it is they that give rise to the purely nervous elements of the cord.^

1 The term "neuroblast" was originally used by Whitman ('78 and '87) to designate the two offspring of the large posterior macromere of the Clepsine egg, which give rise by a process of budding to two rows of cells — the " neural rows." From these rows the nerve cord arises. His ('89) subsequently employed the same term " neuroblast " to designate such of the offspring of the " Keimzellen " as give rise directly by differentiation and not by further divisions to the ganglioncells, or, to use Waldeyer's term, to the neurons of the vertebrate central nervous system. More properly the term would have been applied to the '• Keimzellen " themselves, and by mistake it has been thus used by at least one recent writer (C. L. Herrick, '92, p. 430, Fig. 10). Haeckel (Anthropogenie, 4th ed. p. 26S, '91) uses 'neuroblast' in the sense of ectoderm in general.


The remaining cells which cover the neuroblasts and extend down between them in the median line, give rise to purely integumental structures and may therefore be called dermatoblasts. The two thickenings of the ectoderm are to become the lateral cords (Seitenstrange). They extend from the anterior edge of the eleventh abdominal segment, just in front of the anus, to the mouth, where they diverge and pass without interruption into the brain. The groove which separates the lateral cords and which is very faint in Fig. 25, is the neural furrow (Primitivrinne). It appears soon after the closure of the blastopore and takes the place of this depression. It is deepest anteriorly.

All the neural structures develop in an anteroposterior direction, beginning with the brain; hence different stages in the development of the lateral cords may be studied in the same embryo. Fig. 26 shows a section passing through the first abdominal segment of the embryo from which the section in Fig. 25 was taken. Here we see a distinct advance in structure. The neural furrow {n.g^ is more clearly marked and the neuroblasts {iib^, four in either lateral cord, have arranged themselves side by side in a regular layer in the deepest portion of the ectoderm. Over them the dermatoblasts {db) also form a single regular layer, while the cells lying in the median line on either side of the neural furrow have grown more elongate. Sections further forward show essentially the same conditions — the neuroblasts which were at first differentiated as small clusters or as isolated cells, have arranged themselves throughout the anterior portion of the embryo as an even layer entad to the dermatoblasts.

The further changes in the development of the nerve-cord, are brought about — first, by a proliferation of the neuroblasts ; second, by a proliferation of the dermatoblasts and a deepening of the neural furrow; third, by the development of the median cord; fourth, by the formation of the connectives and commissures, and fifth, by the development of the neurilemmata. These changes which occur simultaneously may be described singly for the sake of convenience.

As cross-sections show, the neuroblasts are arranged in from


3-5 longitudinal rows in either lateral cord. In surface view these rows may often be followed through one or two segments as continuous strings of cells. I assume that there were originally four of these rows, but that owing to the pressure exerted by the developing appendages on the lateral edges of the cords and to a more rapid growth of the neuroblasts than of the germ-band, the primitive regular arrangement has been considerably obscured. The neuroblasts are polygonal in outline from mutual pressure. When they divide, as they very soon do, their spindle axes are directed at rightangles to the surface of the body. As soon as one cell has been given off, the nucleus rests for a short time and then again divides in the same direction. This process continuing, a column of cells is budded off from each neuroblast and stands at right angles to the surface of the germ-band. The divisions do not take place simultaneously in all the cells although corresponding neuroblasts in either cord will frequently be found in the same phase of caryokinesis, especially in the earlier stages of their proliferation. A section (Fig. 27) through the first maxillary segment of an embryo in Stage F shows that each of the eight neuroblasts has produced a row of daughtercells. The large succulent mother-cells are evenly rounded on their outer surfaces which are overlaid by the dermatoblasts. Their inner faces are fiat or concave and in every case closely applied to the latest daughter-cell. The nuclei of the mothercells are spheroidal and take no deeper stain than the pale succulent cytoplasm which surrounds them. The neuroblasts are in all essential respects typical proliferating cells like the terminal cells in plant-shoots and the teloblasts of annelids. The daughter-cells (^i) are at first characterized by their small size, cuneate outline and deep stain. Their nuclei are considerably flattened, probably from mutual pressure. These characters are retained by the daughter-cells till they have been pushed some distance from the neuroblast by later offspring, when they become larger and considerably paler and assume the appearance of definitive ganglion cells {g~).

Turning now to a somewhat older embryo (Stage G, Fig. 28) we see that the columns of daughter-cells have greatly increased


in length, while the neuroblasts remain to all appearances unaltered. The increase in the number of daughter-cells is so great that they are forced to arrange themselves in several rows. In the figure this is best shown in the progeny of the innermost neuroblasts, and the tapering columns there formed may be regarded as typical.

In my preliminary note ('9i*=) I held that the daughter-cells themselves divide to form the multiple rows in each pillar. I incline to think that I was mistaken on this point. The daughtercells probably never divide but are directly converted into ganglion cells. All reproductive powers seem to be confined to the neuroblasts. Some of the nuclei of the daughter-cells exhibit peculiar chromatic structures which I may have mistaken for caryokinetic figures ; this being an easy error to make in the case of small cells killed by means of heat, since the achromatic portions of the spindles are obliterated by this method.

The last stages in the proliferation of the neuroblasts are shown in Fig. 31, which is taken from an advanced embryo (Stage J). The columnar arrangement is no longer visible since the individual cells are now converted into the definitive ganglionic elements. On the outer periphery of the ganglia, however, neuroblasts are still to be found, and extending from them short series of small flattened cells {g"), their latest progeny, still distinguishable from the ganglion cells by their deeper stain. It will be noted that these cells, which like their precursors will become ganglion cells, are no longer budded off at right angles to the surface of the nervecord but parallel to it, a condition undoubtedly due to a lack of space. Finally the neuroblasts stop proliferating and shrink to the size of their progeny. Their chromatin then shows signs of senility. Beyond this point I have been unable to trace them satisfactorily. They are probably broken down and absorbed by the growing ganglion cells. Some of them may persist as ganglion cells of a particular character and function, though I deem this improbable.

The dermatoblasts play an important part in the development of the ventral nerve-cord, as will be seen by returning to the younger stages. We left these cells as a layer covering


the neuroblasts and continuous laterally with the general ectoderm. In the median line they extend to the deepest portion of that germ-layer in the form of a few compressed cells (Fig. 26, db). These compressed cells*form the walls and bottom of the neural furrow. The proliferation of the neuroblasts has caused the lateral cords to bulge out enormously (Fig. 27), so that the dermatoblastic layer becomes stretched and attenuated. Such divisions as occur in the cells of this layer seem to be confined to the outer surface and do not extend into the furrow. The spindle axes lie parallel to the surface, as shown at nb. The bulging of the lateral cords naturally brings about a deepening of the neural furrow, since the cells at its bottom have a fixed attachment. At this point in Fig. 27 there is seen a triangular cell-mass, capped by a single large element (innb.), a true neuroblast which resembles in nearly all respects the neuroblasts of the lateral cords. Its more pyramidal outline is obviously the result of its position between the converging walls of the furrow. To the same mechanical cause is due the shape of the cell-mass, which consists of the heaped up daughter-cells of the neuroblast. Inasmuch as the proliferating cell occurs in the median line, and together with its offspring and the dermatoblastic cells of the median furrow, is equivalent to the "Mittelstrang" of authors, I shall call it the mediancord neuroblast. Its exact origin I have not been able to determine. To judge from the number of cells which it has given off it must have begun to proliferate at about the same time as the lateral-cord neuroblasts. There can be no doubt, it seems to me, that it originated as a polygonal ectoderm cell like the lateral cells seen in Figs. 25 and 26, but whether it was originally median in position or arose unilaterally I am unable to decide. The pale surface spots of embryos in Stage B show that neuroblasts are arising at a time when the blastopore occupies the position of the neural furrow and hence, if the median cells are median in position from the first, they must arise somewhat later than their sister neuroblasts.

There is one important difference in the arrangement of the mother-cells of the lateral and median cord. Whereas the former, as has been stated, form continuous though irregular rows


from mouth to anus, the latter constitute an interrupted series between the same two points. They are single, isolated cells, which occur only intersegmentally. That such is their distribution may be distinctly seen in frontal sections like the one represented in Fig. 30. This section passes through the first to fifth abdominal segments at the level of the median cord neuroblasts {mnb), which are seen to lie distinctly between the segments, where the walls of the neural furrow dilate at intervals for their accommodation. At first the daughtercells are given off in the same direction as those of the lateral cords, but soon the triangular space to which they are confined will no longer contain the older cells of the series and these are pushed along the floor of the neural furrow. This produces an angular flexure in the cell-column, but later the whole mass, including the neuroblast, assumes a horizontal position. This change in the position of the median cell-mass is seen to have taken place in the median sagittal section from an embryo in Stage G (Fig. 29). The neuroblast {innb) is in each segment directed caudad, while the mass of small and deeply stainable daughter-cells {mg) is wedged in under the commissures. The section passes through the sub-oesophageal ganglion, which consists of the fused ganglia of the mandibular and both maxillary segments {md. g; mx. g^ ; vix. g^-), and through the pro- and mesothoracic ganglia {p. g^ ; /. g'~) • Transverse furrows (/. g^ ; i.g^-), which I shall consider later, separate the unfused ganglia from one another, and as the median cord cells lie in front of these furrows, they must be regarded as belonging not to the intersegmental region of the ectoderm, but to the posterior portions of the separate ganglia. Each ganglion possesses a median cord neuroblast, so that, beginning with the mandibular, which is the first ganglion in the nerve-cord proper, and ending with the tenth abdominal, there are in all sixteen median mother-cells. Each of these, after producing its quota of ganglionic elements, deteriorates in the same way as the mother-cells of the lateral cords.

The development of the Punktsubstanz may be readily followed in Xiphidium. It arises in each ganglion as two separate masses. Each of the daughter-cells of the lateral neuroblasts


sends out a cytoplasmic process which soon ramifies. The mass of fibres thus formed increases in size very probably by the addition of further ramifications tili the Punktsubstanz is definitely established as a scarcely stainable body, lying on either side of the median line in the deepest portion of the lateral cord (Fig. 2y,p.s.) In its earliest stages the formation of the substance is easily followed, but very soon the felted fibres become too dense for analysis by ordinary methods of investigation. It is only after a distinct mass is formed in either half of a ganglion that the longitudinal commissures, or connectives as they are best called, make their appearance, and unite the hitherto isolated centres in two longitudinal series. Very soon the transverse commissures, or commissures proper, of which Xiphidmm, like all other insects, has two in each segment, make their appearance. The daughter-cells of the median cord neuroblasts take no part in the formation of the anterior commissure. Whether they contribute fibres to the posterior commissure or not, I must for the present leave undecided. I have seea no evidence in the median cord of a distinct and isolated Punktsubstanz centre, such as is described and figured by Graber for some Coleoptera (('90) PI. V, Fig. 66). I deem it more probable that in XipJiiduim the commissures arise wholly from the Punktsubstanz masses of the lateral cords. Both commissures are distinctly seen in cross section in Fig. 29.

The connectives and commissures incompletely divide the cellular portion of each ganglion into five parts, — two lying laterad to the connectives and a median series of three smaller portions separated from one another by the two commissures. The former may be called lateral gangliomeres, and the ihree median portions respectively the anterior, central, and posterior gangliomere.^ Of the median divisions the posterior is distinctly the largest from the first. This is due to its being formed in great part by the progeny of the median neuroblast, whereas the anterior and central gangliomeres consist of a comparatively small number of cells, contributed by the lateral neuroblasts.

1 These are equivalent to Graber's laterals Zellenlager, vorderes, centrales, and hinteres Medianlager.


It is not till after the commissures and connectives are formed that the inter-ganglionic regions become clearly marked out. Throughout the early stages, in fact till the embryo reaches the ventral surface of the egg (Stage J), the ganglia are as long as their respective segments and are separated from one another only by the intersegmental constrictions. These have grown very deep in Stage G, especially in the thoracic and abdominal regions. In the median line, as shown in sagittal section (Fig. 29, i.g\ i.g-), they form deep tubular ingrowths which may be called furcal pits. Since these pits are median in position they are to be regarded as differentiated interganglionic portions of the neural furrow. They therefore belong to the median cord. They are not found between the mandibular and first maxillary, nor between this and the second maxillary ganglion, and are also wanting between the eighth and ninth, and ninth and tenth abdominal ganglia. Evidently their absence in these cases is due to early fusion to form the infraoesophageal and last abdominal ganglion. In the thoracic segments the furcal pits are converted into chitinous apodematous structures which give attachment to some of the legmuscles. It is interesting to note that in the abdomen also furcal pits are distinctly developed as late as Stage K. Here, too, they serve for the attachment of a few weak muscle-like structures, which run from their tips to points in the adjacent abdominal wall, perhaps corresponding to the insertions of the rudimental appendages. Later both muscle-like cords and abdominal f ureas disappear,— the latter by a very simple process. It will be remembered that at this time the embryo is growing in length and continually covering more and more of the yolk. The tail end is practically fixed at the lower pole of the egg, while the head slowly moves upwards. The body-wall is thus stretched in both a longitudinal and lateral direction. Hence the intersegmental constrictions, so deep in Stage J, must gradually become shallower, and the furcal pits, which are nothing but portions of these constrictions, are drawn out from between the connectives to form part of the sternal integument. The stretching not only draws out the folds in the embryonic body-wall, but also reduces it to a much thinner layer

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of cells. The length of the individual segments is thereby greatly increased and the nerve cord, which is firmly attached in the infraoesophageal region and more loosely in the terminal abdominal segments, is compelled to lengthen. The separate ganglia, besides assuming a somewhat fusiform outline, are scarcely affected by this traction, whereas the connectives are drawn out into thin threads denuded of all ganglionic cells and covered only by the neurilemma.

The presence in the abdomen of temporary furcal pits corresponding to the persistent furcae of the thorax admits of an easy explanation, if we take these structures to be correlated with the development of ambulatory appendages. The temporary abdominal appendages have usually been regarded as the rudiments of once functional walking-legs, and they are still so well preserved in the Orthoptera that it need not surprise us to find traces of correlated structures which served for the attachment of some of their muscles.

The progeny of the median neuroblast together with the interganglionic portion of the neural furrow have been accounted for; the former becoming the posterior gangliomere, the latter a portion of the sternal integument ; but I have not yet accounted for the remaining portion of the median cord — vh. the intraganglionic walls of the neural furrow. This portion of the groove is crossed by the two commissures and separates those portions of the lateral cord which will ultimately constitute the anterior and central gangliomeres. Its cells are of an epithelial nature. Those of the opposite walls of the furrow become applied to one another by the swelling of the lateral cords. The lumen is thereby obliterated though its walls are still continuous on the outer surface of the ganglion with the integumental ectoderm. The two lips of the furrow finally fuse and the ganglion together with the portion of the furrow included between its two halves is liberated from the ectoderm. It is these epithelial walls thus set free from the integument which appear to give rise to the outer and inner neurilemmata. Both these neural envelopes are ectodermal ; there are no traces of mesodermal structures taking any part in their forma


tion and it seems to me that they can have only two possible sources — they either arise from some of the progeny of the neuroblasts or from the intraganglionic portion of the median cord. I deem it highly improbable that they should arise from the former source, since the daughter-cells of the neuroblasts have every appearance of being early specialized as ganglion cells. Furthermore, the cells of the neurilemmata when they definitely appear, closely resemble the cells of the neural furrow both in size and in the great avidity with which they take the stain. The outer neurilemma covers first the inner surface of the ganglion — then the outer or neuroblastic surface; — the thin cellular membrane apparently progressing ing laterad in either case and meeting near the origin of the nerve-trunks. The inner neurilemma, which envelops the Punktsubstanz is completed before the outer envelope. Histologically both envelopes resemble each other in every respect. The fusions of ganglia in the nerve-cord take place gradually and may be easily followed in XipJiidium. Several stages of these fusions are represented in Fig. VII, A-D. In Fig. A, the nerve-cord is shown much as it appears in Stage F. The ganglia form an unbroken series from mouth to anus. The connectives are very short and not as yet distinguishable from the surface. Fig. B, is taken from an embryo just turning the lower pole (Stage H). Here the mandibular and two maxillary ganglia, and also the three terminal abdominal ganglia still remain as in the preceding stage, while the other ganglia are being drawn apart by the stretching of the embryo, so as to show their short connectives. In Fig. C, the suboesophageal and last abdominal ganglia are established as two fused masses. The number of ganglia comprising each of these masses may still be easily determined by counting the commissures. It will be noticed that in this stage the first abdominal is closely approximated to the metathoracic ganglion and that the second and third abdominal also lie close together. Between the other ganglia the connectives have lengthened. In the later stage represented in Fig. D, the connectives are still longer; the first abdominal ganglion has fused with the metathoracic, and th© second and third abdominal form a single mass.



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These fusions become more intimate as the time for hatching approaches, so that the ventral cord finally consists of onlyten ganglia instead of sixteen, the original number.




Fig. VII. A-D. Diagrams of four consecutive stages in the development of the brain and nerve-chain of the Xiphidium embryo. I, cephalic ; II, thoracic ; III, abdominal region ; jA, stomodseum ; ««., anus ; e, optic plate ; pc^{o.g), first protocerebral lobe, or optic ganglion ; pc^, pc^, second and third protocerebral lobes ; dc, deutocerebrum ; tc, tritocerebrum ; 1-16, the sixteen postoral ganglia ; po.c, postoral commissure ; fp., furcal pit ; ac, anterior ; pc, posterior ganglionic commissure ; ag., anterior ; pg., posterior ; eg., central ; Ig., lateral gangliomeres.

The description of the ventral nerve-cord of Xiphidium here given applies equally well to the other Orthoptera which I have studied {Blatta germanica, Melanoplus fcviur-rubriiui) . The


points in which the Blattid and Acridian nerve-cord differ from that of the Locustid are so insignificant that I need not burden the reader with their enumeration. I will stop to mention only two peculiarities in Blatta. Here I fail to detect the pale spots in the "slipper" stage of the germ-band, and sections show that the neuroblasts do not differentiate as early as they do in XipJiidunn. They are, however, readily detected in late stages, when they stand out with even greater distinctness than in the Locustid. The median cord neuroblasts, though present and occupying positions corresponding to their homologues in XipJiidiiun, are more dif^cult to trace, probably on account of the smaller size of the embryo.

Neuroblasts, or cells of a similar character have been described and figured by a number of investigators of Arthropod development. Perhaps the earliest mention of these cells is to be found in Reichenbach's beautiful Astaciis monograph ('86), where the nerve-cord is described as consisting in an early stage of two kinds of cells — a few large pale elements arranged in a single layer and confined to the periphery, and a much greater number of small and more deeply stainable cells forming the bulk of the ganglia. The developing ganglia of the cray-fish resemble the ganglia of the Orthoptera in many particulars. The number of large cells in the lateral cords in Reichenbach's figures {notably his figures 1 14-133) is 3-6, the average being 4 or 5, the same as in Xiphidium, Blatta, etc. Furthermore the ganglia of Astacus show a foliated arrangement of the smaller cells, which is not unlike the condition seen in the older ganglia of the Orthoptera. Some of the figures (188 and 189 for example) show a single neuroblastlike cell surmounting the median cord cell-mass. There are, however, two points in Reichenbach's work, which throw some doubt on the homology of his large cells with the neuroblasts of the Orthoptera. First, Reichenbach neither figures nor describes these cells as dividing to form ganglion cells. This negative observation, however, loses much of its force when we consider that caryokinetic figures are singularly absent from all of Reichenbach's figures, excepting his surface views of young embryos, and when we recall the fact that amitotic


division is a very general phenomenon in the Crustacea (according to Carnoy, '85). A more serious objection to the homology under consideration is Reichenbach's statement that the large cells 'gehen schliesslich in die von Leydig, Dietl, Krieger und anderen beschriebenen, grossen Ganglienzellen iiber.' This, too, is an objection only if the neuroblasts really degenerate, a point on which I am still doubtful.

Nusbaum found huge succulent cells in the young nerve cord of the embryo My sis ('87). He compares them with the large cells of Reichenbach and believes that they have a similar fate. Similar cells were also observed in the brain of Onisais '>nurariiis "pendant les stades relativement jeunes." On one point only does he add to Reichenbach's observations: he depicts (Fig. 78) a caryokinetic figure, which from its size and position must be referred to one of the large cells. Its spindle axis is directed at right angles to the surface of the body. This observation, small and incidental as it is, would tend to show that the large cells proliferate as in the Orthoptera. I am inclined to think that a renewed study of the Crustacean nerve cord will show that the ganglion cells are budded forth from the large cells and that these are equivalent to the insect neuroblasts.

Korotneff ('85) was the first to find gangliogenic cells in the Insecta. At p. 589 in his description of the Gryllotalpa embryo he says : " Einige der Ektodermzellen, welche die Nervenauftreibung bedecken, fangen an zu wachsen, ihre Kerne vergrossern sich bedeutend und zeigen dabei eine karyokinetische Figur. Grosstentheils sind diese Zellen (Ganglien) so angeordnet, dass einer einfachen platten Ektodermzelle eine wachsende Neuroektodermzelle folgt. Hat sie eine bestimmte Grosse erreicht, so sinkt jede wachsende Zelle in die Tiefe des Ektoderms und wird von den benachbarten, unveranderten Zellen bedeckt. Jede Ganglienzelle theilt sich dabei, eine ganze Folge von neuentstandenen Zellen bildend, nur an der Fig. 60 ist leicht zu unterscheiden, welche Gruppe von Zellen der oben gelegenen Ganglienzelle entspricht. Durch eine solche Vermehrung von Zellen wird der Nervenstrang mehr und mehr in die Hohe getrieben." The Fig. 60 referred


to in this description is taken from a stage corresponding to my Fig. 28. Botli in tliis figure and in Fig. 61 he represents four neuroblasts in one of the lateral cords. Korotneff seems not to have seen the early stages of proliferation.

In the developing nerve-cord of Doryphora I observed ('89, p. 366) that "the outer layer of cells continuous with the hypodermis stands off somewhat from the ganglionic thickenings, leaving a space which is in early stages occupied by several large, clear, oval cells which divide rapidly by caryokinesis, and might be called ganglioblasts, as the products of their divisions reinforce the mass of ganglion cells." In my figures the polaraxes of the neuroblast spindles lie parallel to the surface of the ganglia. Re-examination of my preparations has convinced me that this observation is essentially correct. I find also that the newly-formed daughter-cells of the neuroblasts occasionally divide caryokinetically and thus give rise to further generations of daughter-cells. The daughter-cells are not budded forth in regular rows, but very irregularly. I am not sure that I can distinguish the median cord neuroblasts in Doryphora, though I believe that I have detected homologous structures. In my figure 72 I represented circular intersegmental patches in the median line between the lateral cords. Closer examination shows these to be clusters of cells of the same appearance and dimensions as the lateral-cord neuroblasts. They are very clearly brought out by Graber in his figures of Hydrophihis (•89, Figs. 40, 41, and 43, PI. Ill) and are described as taking part in the formation of the posterior gangliomere of each o-ano-lion. I doubt whether the large cells constituting the posterior gangliomere of Periplaneta in Miall and Denny's Fig. 43 ('86) to which Graber refers, are to be regarded as the equivalents of the median-cord clusters in Doryphora and Hydrophihis. Periplaneta very probably has in each segment only one median-cord neuroblast, which atrophies before the close of embryonic life, and the large cells in Miall and Denny's figure probably arise from the daughter-cells and are therefore merely large ganglionic elements.

Graber figures and describes ('89, p. 47. PI- X, Fig. 130) a cross-section through an abdominal ganglion of a Melolontha

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embryo in which he finds a neuroblast in either lateral cord and three symmetrically arranged cells of the same character in the median cord. Similiar median cells were seen in Ljccilia. He refers to Korotneff's observations on Gryllotalpa and states that he has found the lateral "ganglionare Grosszellen " in Lhia. He is inclined to regard them as a widely occurring differentiation of the ectoderm.

In a subsequent paper ('9o) Graber describes and figures a foliated condition of the ganglia in the nerve-cord of StcnobotJinis. In Fig. 52 the neuroblasts are distinctly seen, and in one lateral cord five, in the other four pillars of cells may be distinguished. So far as the neuroblasts are concerned, he cannot be said to have added anything to Korotneff's account.

Nusbaum ('9i), in a recent Polish paper on the development of Mcloc, figures neuroblasts in the lateral cords. They are frequently represented in mitosis — the spindle-axes being in some cases perpendicular to the surface of the ganglia (Figs. 94, 95) while in others (Fig. 107) they are parallel to the surface, as in Doryphora. Such portions of the text as were translated for me contained nothing new on these structures,

Viallanes, in two recent papers ('90^ '90^) on the structure of the nervous system in the embryo Mantis, comes to conclusions agreeing with my own, which were arrived at independently. His observations on the neuroblasts may be briefly summarized in his own words ('90^ p. 293) : " A I'origine le bourrelet primitif n'est qu'un simple epaississement de I'exoderme, c'est-a-dire une region de ce feuillet dont les cellules sont devenues columnaires et ont augmente de volume. Bientot ces cellules se multiplient et se divisent en deux couches. Tune superficielle {derniatogbie) , I'autre profonde ganglioghie) . A une periode plus ou moins tardive, suivant la region consideree, la couche des cellules dermatogenes se separe de la couche des cellules gangliog^nes et devient I'hypoderme. Les cellules gangliogenes en se multipliant donnent naissance aux cellules ganglionnaircs T

Viallanes' figures do not show a regular arrangement of the cells budded forth from the neuroblasts, and he has not described the neuroblasts of the median cord, probably because


his attention was concentrated on the structure of the brain. He has observed the degeneration of the gangliogenic cells, or neuroblasts. In a late stage ('90^ p. 301), he says " lis montrent des signes evidents de decrepitude ; beaucoup des cellules gangliogenes ont deja disparu, les autres sont en voie d'atrophie."

Our knowledge of the median cord cannot be said to have made much advance since this structure was first described by Hatschek ('77). While all writers agree that it originally extends as an uninterrupted structure from the mouth to the anus, there is wide difference of opinion respecting the ultimate fate of its inter- and intraganglionic portions. Hatschek ('77), Tichomiroff ('82), and Korotneff ('85) maintain that the interganglionic portions remain attached to the integument when the nerve-cord is liberated and that they ultimately disappear. Ayers ('84) on the other hand holds that the whole median cord is liberated from the ectoderm, but does not affirm that the interganglionic portions form a constituent part of the ganglia.

Graber ('90) has very recently come to a conclusion which differs from the views hitherto advanced. With Ayers he holds that the interganglionic portions of the median cord are delaminated from the ectoderm along with the intraganglionic portions, but he goes further and claims (p. 103) that "das Zellenmaterial des interganglionalen Mittelstranges, zum Theil wenigstens mit den Ganglien vereinigt wird, oder mit anderen Worten, dass eine Vergrosserung des ganglionalen Mitteltheiles auf Kosten des interganglionalen erfolgt."

As will be inferred from the above descriptive paragraphs, I hold to Hatschek' s view that the interganglionic portions of the median cord take no part in the formation of the ganglia but are drawn out from between the connections and constitute a portion of the sternal integument. Graber' s researches on this portion of the nerve cord are limited to the Coleoptera and as the insects of this order certainly differ to some extent from the Orthoptera in the formation of the nervous system, I have no grounds for doubting the correctness of his observations. I believe, however, that Ayers' account of the median cord in GLcantJuis is open to criticism. After


clearly implying that the median cord is set free from the ectoderm along its whole extent he remarks (p. 252): "Between the successive pairs of ganglia the median ingrowth atrophies, and at the time of the closure of the dorsal wall of the body there is seen between the connecting cords of two adjacent pairs of ganglia, a small triangular or cylindrical mass of cells, concerning the fate of which I am not absolutely certain. I believe, however, that they go to form a part of the internal skeleton. The chitinous rods in the thoracic region to which the muscles of the legs and wings are attached probably arise from the remnants of the median invagination, but in the abdominal region they may disappear entirely without giving rise to such structures." If I understand this passage correctly, Ayers implies that the chitinous rods are originally interganglionic portions of the median cord. But if this is the case, how can the median cord separate completely from the ectoderm unless we are to suppose that there is a reunion of the interganglionic portions with the integument to form the endoskeletal structures } The chitinous rods are directly continuous with the chitin of the integument so that until observations are forthcoming to show that portions of the integument can loosen and pass into the body-cavity and subsequently reunite with the integument, I must regard Ayers' account as inadequate.

I am still in some doubt as to the exact origin of the commissures. Grassi (84), Ayers ('84), H eider ('89), and Graber ('9o), all maintain that the commissural fibres arise from the median cord cells. A priori, there are no reasons why the daughtercells of the median neuroblast should not send out processes to form Punktsubstanz and thus form a commissure. From the position of these cells, however, I regard it as highly improbable that anything but the posterior commissure could be formed in this way. The isolated Punktsubstanz masses in the Coleopteran median cord in Graber's and Heider's figures may arise from cells equivalent to the daughter-cells of the median neuroblasts of the Orthoptera. It is very improbable that the dermatoblastic cells which form the walls of the median cord in the region of the anterior commissure, and which I regard as


non-tiervous, should take part in forming the fibres of that structure.

Regarding the origin of the neurilemmata in insects, there is still considerable doubt. The inadequacy and inconsistency of Nusbaum's observations on Blatta ('83) have been sufficiently pointed out by Eisig ('8?) and Korotneff ('85). Nusbaum derived the median cord (which, by the way, he did not recognize as the median cord) from the entoderm, and compared it with the vertebrate chorda. So far his observations and conclusions were erroneous, but he derived the inner and outer neurilemma from the cells of this "chorda" — an observation which agrees essentially with my own.

Korotneff's view that the neurilemmata arise from migrant mesoderm cells has not been confirmed by recent writers, who are inclined to derive these envelopes from the ectoderm (Heider, '89 ; Graber, '90). Though I venture to say that my own observations are somewhat more definite than those hitherto published, I cannot regard them as in any way final.

2. The Brain.

In the following account of the Xiphidium brain, I shall use the nomenclature employed by Viallanes in his recent papers ('90^ '90^), since his studies on the brain-development of Mantis religiosa agree very closely with my own. Before passing to a description of my sections I would refer the reader to the diagrammatic figure (VII) which represents the main points in the structure of the embryonic brain. Here it is seen that the ventral nerve-cord bifurcates just in front of the mandibular segment and passes on either side of the mouth, where it forms two successive pairs of ganglia. The posterior of these {tc^ is the tritocerebrnm, or third brain segment. Its two halves are unit.ed by the infracesophageal commissure, shown in the figure as a broad white band connecting the Punktsubstanz-masses of the ganglia. The anterior pair of swellings {dc) constitute the deiUocerebrnm, or second brain segment. From this portion the antennae are innervated. Further forward the deutocerebrum passes into a large paired


supraoesophageal mass, the protocei'eb^nmi^ or first brain segment, which constitutes the greater portion of the brain. Each of its halves may be separated into three lobes ; the first, or outermost lobe {pc^ \P-g-^ forms the optic ganglion of the larva and imago, while the second and third lobes {pc-, pc 3) ultimately form the bulk of the brain proper. The third lobe is united with the contralateral lobe by the broad supraoesophageal commissure. Such is the structure of the Orthopteran brain reduced to its simplest terms. It may now be considered a little more in detail.

Like the nerve-cord, of which it is simply a modified portion, the brain arises from neuroblastic cells. These first make their appearance in clusters (the spots seen on the procephalic lobes in Fig. 2). Later they form a single layer of proliferating centres continuous with and in every way comparable to the neuroblasts of the ventral nerve-cord. Like the latter they are covered externally by a layer of dermatoblastic cells.

That the deuto- and tritocerebral ganglia are strictly homodynamous with the ganglia of the nerve-cord is clearly shown in Xiphidiitm. In the first place these brain segments are directly continuous with the segments of the cord; second, they have at first the same size and shape as the latter, and third, they present on the average four neuroblasts in crosssection on either side. The suppression of the median cord in the deutocerebrum (if it be not drawn forward into the protocerebrum), is perhaps sufficiently explained by the presence of the stomodaeal invagination. A partial suppression of the median cord in the tritocerebrum may be due to the same cause. The infraoesophageal commissure is perhaps the morphological equivalent of both the commissures of a ventral ganglion.

The early clustered condition of the neuroblasts is seen in Figs. 32-34 at nb. At the edges of these cross-sections a rounded mass of pale cells {pc'^ \p-g^ is distinctly marked off from a more deeply stainable layer which encloses it on nearly all sides. This mass, the future optic ganglion (first protocerebral lobe), is delaminated from the ectoderm at a very early stage. The cells of the mass agree with the neuroblasts


in their slight affinity for stains; they differ in the more elongate shape of their nuclei and cytoplasm. The dark layer enclosing the optic ganglion on all except its innermost face is the optic plate and will give rise to the compound eye. Passing towards the median line in these sections (especially in Fig. 33) two other thickenings may be distinguished {pc-, pcZ) — the second and third protocerebral lobes.

The cross-section, Fig. 36, runs through the labrum of an older embryo (Stage F) and shows a considerable advance in the structure of the brain. The three protocerebral lobes are distinctly marked out. In the second and third, the neuroblasts have arranged themselves in a row and have budded forth strings of ganglion cells. In the first lobe [pc'^ [P-g-'^ no teloblastic arrangement is ever present. The cells are small and narrow and early assume a radial arrangement around the Punktsubstanz core at the base of the mass. The cells of the optic plate, which stand away from the surface of the ganglion, already show a tendency to differentiate in that they have become smaller and narrower than the dermatoblasts covering the two other lobes of the protocerebrum. At the juncture of the second with the third lobe, several large dermatoblastic cells are intercalated {igl). They are continuous with the dermatoblasts covering the second protocerebral lobe. This intercalated mass is called by Viallanes the boiirrelet ectoderniique inti-aganglionnaire . I shall call it the intraganglionic thickening.

A still more advanced stage in the development of the brain is seen in Fig. 37 (Stage G). This section passes above the base of the labrum. Owing to the active proliferation of the neuroblasts, the mass of the protocerebrum is greatly augmented. The Punktsubstanz has made its appearance as a confluent mass.^ The optic plate is much thickened and its small cells are about to arrange themselves to form the ommatidia. The intraganglionic thickening (igl^i presents an interesting appearance. The edge of the optic plate is united with the inner edge of the optic ganglia, but between it

1 1 have seen nothing to corroborate Cholodkowsky's view ('91) that there are at first three distinct and separate pairs of Punktsubstanz masses in the brain.


and the second protocerebral lobe there is a fissure {w) which extends in some distance. Examination of a number of successive sections and stages has convinced me that this fissure is not the result of artificial rupture during sectioning but that it is brought about by an infolding of the intraganglionic thickenin"". The shape and position of the involuted mass may be clearly seen from the surface in Stages H and I (see Figs. 8 and 9, igl).

In the frontal section (Fig. 39) are shown the relations of the protocerebrum to the outer brain-segments and to the ventral cord. Only a small portion of the optic plate {e) is cut. Beneath it lies the optic ganglion (/<;! \p-g-^^ the small cells of which contrast with the large cells of the brain proper. The second protocerebral lobe {pc-) still contains many neuroblasts which are budding forth their last progeny. The older daughter-cells have already assumed an irregular arrangement. The brain is separated from the attenuated dermatoblastic, or integumental layer {db) beneath which the outer neurilemma {eiil}j is forming. The inner neurilemma (m/.) envelops the Punktsubstanz portions of the brain. The broad supraoesophageal commissure {s. cm) connects the third protocerebral lobes of the two sides. As shown in the figure, the deutocerebrum is distinctly praeoral. At an is shown the point where the antennary nerve leaves the fibrous portion of this brain segment. Caudad to the deutocerebrum lies the tritocerebrum, a pair of somewhat smaller ganglia united by the infraoesophageal commissure. It is this segment which according to Viallanes innervates the labrum and the frontal ganglion. Besides the supra- and infraoesophageal commissures and the connectives which arise in the third protocerebral lobes and traverse the deuto- and tritocerebrum to pass into the mandibular ganglion and thence through the nerve-cord, I may call attention to two other masses of Punktsubstanz which lie in front of the supraoesophageal commissure. These are shown at /. in the figure. They appear to be connected by a small band running parallel to the robust supraoesophageal commissure. I did not succeed in finding these connected Punktsubstanz masses in all embryos of this stage, and as they were not


seen in later stages, their morphological value as indicating the presence of another segment in front of the protocerebrum is somewhat doubtful.

The three divisions of the protocerebrum may still be recognized in the transverse section (Fig. 40) of an embryo which has passed beyond Stage J. In the median line at inc lies a rounded and compact mass of cells which I regard as the praeoral representative of the median-cord cell-masses of the ventral cord. A large cell, which I take to be a neuroblast, lies at the outer periphery of this median cell-mass at a younger stage. Structures at a corresponding position in the brains of other insects (Hydrophihis, Muscci) and likewise comparable to the median-cord have been described by Heider {'89) and Graber ('89, p. 49). It is not improbable that the brain neurilemmata may have their origin near this median cerebral mass, just as the neurilemmata of the ventral cord probably arise from the non-ganglionic portions of the neural furrow.

Two other interesting structures are shown in Fig. 40: the intraganglionic thickening {igl), now completely separated from the integument and lying as a deeply stainable mass wedged in between the optic ganglion and the second protocerebral lobe, and a peculiar pale thickening at the edge of the optic plate {th).

In later stages it is very difficult to locate the intraganglionic mass, so that I am unable to decide whether it atrophies or persists in a modified form as a portion of the brain. The researches of Viallanes on Mantis would seem to lend grreat probability to the former alternative.

The thickening at the lateral edge of the optic plate is constant in Stages G to J and somewhat later. It soon entirely disappears, without taking any part in the formation of the eye, so far as I have been able to observe. Does it represent an abortive ocellus }

The fully established optic nerve is shown in Fig. 41 {p. n.). In a much earlier stage it may be found as a delicate band of cells connecting the posterior edge of the optic ganglion with the optic plate (Fig. 38, o. u.). I agree with Viallanes, that it seems to arise from the ganglion and to grow outwards into the ommatidial layer; for there is from the first a sharply defined


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intercepting membrane between the nerve and the plate, whereas the nerve passes without interruption into the ganghon. But I am led to lay little stress on these appearances by the researches of Watase ('90) and Parker ('90) on the adult ommatidia of a number of Arthropods. They have shown in a very convincino- manner that each retinula-cell is the termination of an optic nerve fibre. The retinulae are undoubtedly modified optic plate cells; and judging from recent observations on percipient cells in other forms (vertebrate eye, ear, olfactory nerves, v. Lenhossek's observations on Liimbricus ('92), etc.), we must suppose that the nerve fibres grow out from the retinula-cells, pass through the optic nerve and enter the ganglion. Such prolongations from all the retinulas would be amply sufficient to form the optic nerve, although it is probable that some of its fibres are centrifugal prolongations from optic ganglion cells. It has been suggested that the optic nerve may be established at a very early stage, when the optic plate and optic ganglion are still closely applied to each other {vide Figs. 32-34), and that the nerve may not become visible till the two Anlagen separate with further development. But I do not think this is the case in XipJiidmm. Sections like Fig. 36 show a distinct separation of the optic plate and ganglion in the region of the future optic nerve ; and Viallanes has made an exactly similar observation on Mantis.

The sympathetic nervous system arises in part at least from the dorsal median wall of tjie oesophagus. At three separate points (Fig. 61) the ectoderm becomes thickened and its outer cells enlarge and assume the character of ganglion cells. ■ The most anterior of these thickenings (/. g) is the frontal ganglion. It arises just behind the base of the labrum. The two other thickenings which are placed further back {I'g^, rg-) are the second and third visceral ganglia. I have not followed the development of the nerves which unite these ganglia and ramify from them.

Concerning the origin of the peripheral nervous system I have no positive data. In a few cases I have seen appearances which led me to believe that they arise as outgrowths from their respective ganglia.


The development of the brain of Blatta germanica and Melanopliis feiniir-riibriini agrees in all essential respects with the development of the XipJiidiwn brain. Certain Hemiptera, e.g. Ranatra fusca, conform very closely to the type of brain structure seen in these Orthoptera. I may mention in this connection that the brain of Amirida maritima shows the typical division into proto-, deuto- and tritocerebral segments with great distinctness. The last segment especially is remarkably distinct.

Until very recently the detailed study of the embryonic Hexapod brain has been limited to the Coleoptera and the results obtained have been naturally enough extended to include not only other insects but other Arthropods as well. The Coleoptera, however, are far from being primitive forms and the role which they play in contemporary embryological literature is largely attributable to the unusual technical advantages presented by their eggs. As far as development is concerned, the simpler brain of the Orthoptera and Ametabola in general offers many points of resemblance to the Crustacea and Myriopoda,^ whereas the brain of the Metabola, like so many other points in their organization bears witness to a considerable amount of modification. It is therefore more consistent with our general views of phylogeny to reduce the Coleopteran brain to the Orthopteran type than to proceed vice versa.

We owe the most important contributions to the subject of Orthopteran brain development to Viallanes. After a decade of study devoted to the histological structure of the adult Arthropod brain he has selected Mantis as a subject for embryological investigation. His previous careful study of the adult brain of other Orthoptera {OEdipoda coeridescens and Caloptemis italiciis, '87^) has enabled him to avoid the confusion with which the inexperienced investigator is overwhelmer" when attempting to follow the rapidly increasing complication of neural structures. With his usual skill and patience he has traced the development not only of the main structural features but of many details, so that we have a well-established point

1 See the papers of St. Remy ('90) and Viallanes ('87^ '87^).


of departure for further comparative studies. So far as my own observations are concerned I am able to corroborate Viallanes' results on nearly all important points. I must state, however, that I have not followed the development into such


In the light of these researches a reconsideration of the Coleopteran brain must be undertaken. Patten's description of the Acilius brain ('88) and my description of the brain of Doryphora ('89) need revision and alteration. We described the organ (see my Fig. 72, PI. XIX) as consisting of three segments, each of which was subdivided into a brain portion, continuous with the ganglia of the ventral cord, an optic ganglion portion and an optic plate portion. Between the third brain and the mandibular segment, a segment was found which I designated as intercalary. This segment is also clearly seen in some of Patten's figures (Figs. 2 and 2"" s\ PI. VII). Thus according to our account there were four premandibular segments or seven segments in the entire head. Our results were obtained almost exclusively from surface views — by itself a defective method. But greater error was incurred, it seems to me, in ascribing segmental values to the various prominences of the optic ganglion and optic plate.

In order to bring our observations into harmony with the results obtained from a study of the Orthopteran brain, our figures must be interpreted in a very different way from that in which we chose to interpret them. Our first brain-segment is probably no segment at all, but merely a slight elevation often seen near the median line at the extreme anterior end of the germ-band. Our second, third and intercalary segments are equivalent to Viallanes' third protocerebral lobe, deutocerebrum and tritocerebrum. The three divisions of the optic ganglion are not parts of three segments, but the whole structure belongs to the protocerebrum, of which it forms the first lobe. In the same way we cannot regard the optic plate as trisegmental since it has no connection with the deuto- and tritocerebrum but only with the optic ganglion. It follows that the ocelli of Coleoptera are not originally formed on different segments as Patten would have us believe, but


belong to one segment — the protocerebrum. That such is the case I am convinced from a study of the eyes in embryos of Dytisciis verticalis, a form closely related to Acilins.

As will be seen in the profile view Fig. 8, the optic ganglion and optic plate of Xiphidiwn are at first folded back so as to lie along side the deuto- and tritocerebrum. The antennal furrow runs forward, separating the optic ganglion from the brain but stops when it reaches the protocerebrum. The value of this furrow as completely separating the second and third brain-segments from the optic ganglion was overlooked by Patten and myself: hence our false interpretation of the structures lying laterad to it.

I believe that I am justified in putting this new interpretation on the Coleopteran brain, because it harmonizes with Heider's careful study of Hydi'opJiilus ('89). He has failed to find indications of segmental constrictions in the optic plate and optic ganglion and his figure 4 A. B. at p. 37 agrees closely with Viallanes' description of the Mantis brain. It should be observed that the embryos of Hydrophihis are much larger than those of Acilins and DorypJiora and therefore much more favorable for surface study. On the other hand it may be urged that Heider evidently did not employ so good a method of surface preparation as Patten.

The distinct invagination associated with the formation of the optic ganglion in Coleoptera and described by Patten, Heider and myself, is probably homologous, as Viallanes suggests, with the intraganglionic thickening of the Orthopteran embryo. This structure in Mantis, and probably also in Xiphidijim, takes no part in the formation of the optic ganglion, which arises — at least in great part- — by delamination as in the Crustacea (see Parker ('90)). Only the outer or lateral portion of the optic plate becomes the compound eye, so that in a later stage the intraganglionic thickening is separated from the edge of the eye by a considerable space. The thickening then lies just laterad to the antennal furrow as shown in Fig. 8. Whether or not the invagination in the Coleoptera really plays any part in forming ganglionic tissue as has been claimed, must be decided by renewed investigations.


Concerning the researches of Cholodkowsky on the brain of Blatta germauica, I must say a few words, since I have described the brain and nerve-cord of this form as agreeing in all essential respects with those of XipJiidunn. Cholodkowsky lays great stress on the existence of three distinct pairs of Pimktsiibstanz masses in the supraoesophageal ganglion as indicating the presence of three segments. When we come to examine his figures we find that he takes a very unusual view of brain-segmentation, for the three pairs of Punktsubstanz masses are seen to belong (Fig. 46 PI, IV; Fig. 6^ PI. VI) to the protocerebrum and correspond to the centres of its three lobes. He did not distinguish the deuto- and tritocerebral segments ! Such of his remarks on the development of the brain and ventral nerve-cord as are at all comprehensible show similar glaring defects in observation. Thus he has failed to detect the small dermatoblastic cells which from the first cover the brain and nerve-cord. He asserts that these organs are at first naked and are only subsequently covered by an overgrowth of the integument from the sides of the body. The antennal and neural furrows do not play the part in development that he ascribes to them. The last abdominal ganglion of the mature embryo does not consist of four but of three fused ganglia; the fusion of the second and third abdominal ganglia was completely overlooked.

3. General Remarks on the Nervous System.

The nervous system of Arthropods is by common consent derived from the nervous system of annelid-like forms, and it is to this group that we naturally turn in seeking an explanation for certain structures in the Hexapod brain and nerve-cord.

In a brief preliminary paper Patten ('88) made the statement, that " the ventral cord and brain of Arthropods is at first composed entirely of minute sense-organs, which in scorpions have the same structure as the segmental ones at the base of the legs." This would seem to indicate that the Arthropod nervous system can be traced back to the condition seen in Polychaeta — LopadorhyncJms, according to Kleinenberg ('86) — where both brain and nerve-cord arise in connection with and


ultimately supplant certain larval sense-organs. So far, however, as the Hexapoda are concerned, Patten's statement is, to say the least, inapposite, since, as I have pointed out, both brain and nerve-cord arise from peculiar ectodermal cells — the neuroblasts — which under no circumstances can be regarded as primitively sensory. They are simply generalized cells, like the teloblasts of worms and the meristem of plants.

The development of the nerve-cord in the Hirudinea and Oligochseta agrees more closely with the conditions seen in insects. As Whitman has shown for Clepsine (;87), and E. B. Wilson for Lwtibriais ('89), the nerve-cord is proliferated forward from a pair of neuroteloblasts situated at the posterior end of the germ-band. Hence, in these worms, the whole of the nervecord is condensed, as it were, into two huge mother-cells, whereas in the Insecta it is condensed into a single layer of hucre cells. There are reasons, however, for believing that this layer is, in part at least, derived from a few large cells situated just in front of the anus, and therefore corresponding to the Annelid neuroteloblasts.^ That there are only two rowt of these cells in Annelids, while there are eight in insects, can form no very serious objection to their homology, as I pointed out in my preliminary note ('90°).

Certain conditions in the Crustacea also lend probability to the view that the Hexapod neuroblasts may be budded forth from a pr^-anal row of teloblasts.^ Patten ('90) has pointed out in Cyniothoa a row of proliferating cells which form ectoderm, and Nusbaum ('9l) has described a very similar condition m Ligia. I have observed the same phenomenon in Porcellio, and believe it to be of general occurrence throughout the Isopoda. The cells are budded forth so as to form regular transverse and longitudinal rows. Reichenbach describes and

1 What I have called the neuroblasts in insects therefore correspond to the "neural cell-rows " in Annelids (the cells up. c. in E. B. Wilson's Fig. 59, PI. XIX, and the cells nc. in Whitman's Figs. 9 and 11, PI. V).

2 The neuroblasts of the last row (tb., Fig. 56, PL VI) in the nerve-cord of XipJndnnn are always distinctly larger and clearer than the neuroblasts of the Remainder of the cord. They may be true neuroteloblasts and gwe nse to the Teurobiasts but as I have never found unmistakable caryokmetic figures m Lm am still in doubt as to their homology with the neuroteloblasts of worms.


figures a very similar budding-zone of ectoderm cells in the Decapod Astaais ('86). That a portion of the ectoderm cells thus budded forth in these forms goes to form the nervous system, admits, it seems to me, of very little doubt. The clustered condition of the neuroblasts in the young germ-band of Xiphidiiim may be due to the rapidity with which the germ-band grows in length and breadth; the original regular arrangement of the cells being thereby disturbed and not re-established till a somewhat later stage.

Although I have maintained a phylogenetic connection of the insect neuroblasts with the neural cell-rows of Annelids, I admit that they may be regarded from an entirely different standpoint, viz. as having arisen independently in insects by a process of precocious segregation ; but it should be noted in this connection that it is just the oldest Pterygota, the Orthoptera, which show this segregation most clearly, while in the more recent forms (Coleoptera, etc) the process is more obscure.

A comparison of the histogenesis of the insectean with the histogenesis of the vertebrate nervous system brings out some interesting analogies. The neuroblasts may be compared with His' Keimzellen which divide by caryokinesis to form his neuroblasts. These are directly converted into ganglion-cells by sending out axis-cylinder processes. They correspond, therefore, to the daughter-cells of the insect neuroblasts, which are likewise converted into ganglion-cells. The "Keimzellen" of vertebrates differentiate close to the central canal, which is, of course, morphologically the outer surface of the cord, just as the Arthropod neuroblasts lie at the surface of the cord. In both groups the daughter-cells appear to be budded off in the same direction morphologically; though in vertebrates the ganglion-cells migrate, while in insects they are pushed inwards by their newly proliferated sister-cells. The early separation of the neural ectoderm in vertebrates into Keimzellen and sustentacular tissue (spongioblasts of His) is paralleled in insects by the precocious splitting of the same germ-layer into neuroblasts and dermatoblasts, the latter giving rise to supporting tissue in the form of neurilemmata.


The majority of authors hold that the Arthropod brain is either wholly or in part homologous with the Annelid brain. Patten ('90) alone takes the view that the Annelid prostomium is absent in Arthropods, and that the brain of the latter is formed by the moving forward of three segments which are postoral in the Annelids. Apart from the fact that we have as yet no means of deciding whether what we call the first segment of the Arthropod head (protocerebrum) is really a single segment or a complex of several, it is extremely improbable that so highly important a structure as the Annelid brain should have completely disappeared in the Arthropods. So great is the resemblance between the Arthropods and Annelids in all the more important morphological features and even in the detailed structure of the ventral nerve-cord, that the complete elimination of the brain certainly makes strong demands on one's credulity.

Will ('88) goes to the opposite extreme and regards the praeoral portion of the Arthropod brain as the exact homologue of the Annelid brain. He goes so far as to call the procephalic lobes of Aphis the " Scheitelplatte." He finds that they lie at the pole of the &gg opposite the blastopore, or rather what he takes to be the blastopore, and that they arise independently of the nerve-cord. Now the "Scheitelplatte" oi Aphis must include at least the proto- and deutocerebral segments — probably also the tritocerebrum. The deutocerebrum in all the Orthoptera which I have examined is provided with a pair of true mesodermic somites and with a pair of appendages, the antennae. Each mesodermal somite sends a hollow diverticulum into an antenna, which is thus shown to be homodynamous with the other appendages of the embryo. The tritocerebral segment also contains a pair of abortive somites and in Aniirida maritiina, as I have lately ascertained, bears a pair of minute but distinct appendages (see Fig. VI, tc. ap.). Viallanes ('87^) and St. Remy ('90) have found that the second pair of antennae in Crustacea belong to the tritocerebral segment. These facts go to show that the deuto- and tritocerebral segments are homodynamous with the postoral segments and, as the " Scheitelplatte " of Aphis must extend at least as far back as the

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tritocerebral segment, it cannot be homologizecl with the Annelid Scheitelplatte, a structure which is not segmented.

A view midway between Will's and Patten's probably accords best with the facts at our disposal. The Arthropod protocerebrum probably represents the Annelid supraoesophageal ganglion, while the deuto- and tritocerebral segments, originally postoral, have moved forward to join the primitive brain. This is essentially Lankester's view ('8l), according to which in Arthropods *'the praeoesophageal ganglion is a syncerebrum consisting of the archicerebrum and of the ganglion masses appropriate to the first and second pair of appendages which were originally postoral, but have assumed a praeoral position whilst carrying their ganglion-masses up to the archicerebrum to fuse with it."

In comparing the Arthropod with the Annelid brain much stress has been laid on the fact so clearly brought out by Kleinenberg ('86) — that the Annelid supraoesophageal ganglion originates independently of the ventral nerve-cord. Several investigators — Balfour ('BO), Schimkewitch ('87), Will ('88) and others — have fancied that they could detect a similar ontogenetic discontinuity of the brain and nerve-cord in Arthropods. But more recent observations all tend to prove that there is a direct continuity of the central nervous system from the time when the ganglia first make their appearance. So far as the insects are concerned I may note that Will's conclusions were based on the defective surface observation of a form [Aphis) ill adapted to the study of the central nervous system.^

Even granting that the Annelid brain arises independently of the nerve-cord — and this is not yet settled — at least so far as the Oligochaeta are concerned (see E. B. Wilson, '89) — Lankester's view of the Arthropod brain is in no way invalidated. The line of separation corresponding to the Annelid prototroch must fall in front of the deutocerebral segment, since it has been shown that this segment in some insects contains a pair of well ^ Little value can be attached to Cholodkowsky's assertion that in Blatta the supraoesophageal ganglion originates independently of the nerve-cord, since he has failed to see the deuto- and tritocerebral segments which are quite as well developed in Blatta as in other Orthoptera.


developed mesodermic somites. When we stop to consider the intimate union of the proto- and deutocerebral ganglia from the time of their first appearance, we need entertain littl^ hope of finding traces of a separation which existed, if indeed it existed at all, in a very remotely ancestral period.

VI. The Development of the Reproductive Organs

IN the Insecta.

I, TJie Gonads.

The following account of the development of the sexual organs is based almost exclusively on XipJiidium. Some attention was devoted to the study of Blatta, but this form proved to be so much less satisfactory and to depart so little from the Xiphidmm type, that it was abandoned.

Before passing to a description of the sexual organs and their ducts, it will be necessary briefly to consider the mesodermal somites, since the history of the organs tinder consideration is intimately bound up with the history of the middle germ-layer. The mesoderm of XipJiidmm, like that of other insects, is coextensive with the blastopore and hence reaches from the region of the definitive mouth to the region of the definitive anus. At first a continuous cell-layer, it soon splits up into segmental masses as metamerism sets in. These are further divided in the median ventral line so that each segment has a pair of mesoderm blocks. Each of these acquires a cavity and the somites are established.

The appendages are from the time of their first appearance intimately connected with the somites, since each of the latter sends a hollow diverticulum into the appendage of the corresponding half of the body. All the somites are fully formed when the embryo has reached Stage F. There are then eighteen pairs in all. The most anterior pair occupies the deutocerebral segment and sends hollow diverticula into the antenna. The walls of these somites are much thinner than those of succeeding pairs and, curiously enough, persist much longer. The pair in the tritocerebral segment is very small

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and indistinct and disappears very early. Each of the succeeding segments, with the exception of the eleventh abdominal has a distinct pair of somites. In the last abdominal, mesoderm is present, but I have been unable to find a trace of a true ccelomic cavity, ^

The youngest embryo in which I was able to detect reproductive cells had almost reached Stage F. In still earlier stages careful scrutiny failed to reveal any differentiation of the mesoderm cells. These cells, it is true, vary considerably in size and appearance but I have found it impossible to fix on any one set of elements which might be brought into connection with the germ-cells of older embryos. It is not, therefore, till the somites are established as distinct sacs that unmistakable primitive germ-cells make their appearance. In frontal sections of embryos in Stage F (Fig. ^2 gd^, gdz), the primitive germ-cells are seen to lie in the inner wall of the somite. They are considerably larger than any of the surrounding mesoderm cells, and much paler. The chromatin of their nuclei is arranged in a more delicate skein. Like the neuroblasts they stain very deeply in picric acid. Normally, they occur only in the first to the sixth abdominal segments, each cluster being confined to the inner wall of a somite. The reproductive organs of XipJiidium are therefore truly metameric in their origin. There is nothing to show that they arise from vitellophags which have migrated into the somitic wall ; nor can they arise from the entoderm, since they are differentiated before the entoderm-bands have reached the basal abdominal segments in their growth backward from the oral and forward from the anal formative centre. I conclude, therefore, that the primitive germ-cells are enlarged and modified mesoderm-cells. In explanation of Fig. 52 it may be noted that the plane of section is somewhat oblique so that it

1 I mention this because Graber ('90) has recently described a ccelomic cavity in the anal segment of Hydrophibis (Fig. 29, p. 62). Cholodkowsky also describes and figures ('91, Fig. 49 PI. IV) such a cavity in the eleventh abdominal segment of Blatta. Every little slit in the mesoderm is not a ccelomic cavity, and the figures referred to show only small spaces between the mesoderm cells of the telson. This may have been produced artificially, for aught the figures show to the contrary.


Strikes only the lowermost germ-cell of the cluster in the third abdominal segment {gdi) and in the fourth segment passes completely under the cluster. Even at this time certain mesoderm-cells, the future epithelial elements (ep.) begin to flatten out and apply themselves to the surfaces of the germ-cells.

The exact relations of the primitive germ-cells to the walls of the somite are readily seen in transverse section (Fig. 53). The inner face of the triangular somite is applied to the surface of the yolk and besides giving rise to the germ-cells will ultimately form the splanchnic, or visceral layer. The remainder of the coelomic wall is somatic, or parietal, and is converted into fat-body and musculature. The heart arises where the outer edge of the splanchnic passes into the somatic layer. In the section figured the entoderm is still wanting on the left side, whereas on the right side a single cell (en) of the right posterior band has already reached the segment. Similar inequalities in the rate of growth of the entoderm-bands are by no means infrequent.

In this stage some of the primitive germ-cells show a tendency to leave the wall of the somite and to drop into the coelomic cavity. This is distinctly seen in Fig. 53. These cells sometimes enlarge considerably, become vacuolated and take on the appearance of young ova. A cell of this kind, nearly filling the coelomic cavity, is shown in Fig. 55. I do not believe that the cells are loosened from the coelomic wall during the process of sectioning.

Although the clusters of germ-cells normally occur only in the first to the sixth abdominal segments, in one somewhat older embryo (Stage G) a well developed pair of clusters was found in the tenth segment. One of these is shown in sagittal section in Fig. 56 {gd'^°). It resembles the normal clusters in every particular. The same section shows the diverticulum of the tenth somite {in. d.). In the next section laterad to the one figured, the hollow tip of the diverticulum is seen to terminate in the right appendage of the segment. A similar relation of the coelomic diverticula to the appendages obtains in all the abdominal segments in front of the tenth


The primitive germ-cells, which at first occupy only a limited portion of the splanchnic wall, increase in number during a stage midway between F and G. Beautiful caryokinetic figures may then be found in some specimens — showing that the primitive germ-cells themselves proliferate. New germcells may be added to the clusters by a differentiation of elements in the splanchnic wall but I have seen nothing to convince me that this occurs. The epithelial cells become much flattened and stain more deeply so that they stand out distinctly among the pale rounded germ-cells which they invest. The inner wall of the somite soon becomes too small to contain all the rapidly accumulating cells and is forced to send out a solid diverticulum. This is directed anteriorly, and in a little later stage fuses with the wall of the antecedent somite. This fusion is probably preceded by the shortening of the embryo which takes place during a stage immediately succeeding Stage F. The result of the fusion is the formation of a continuous strand of germ-cells with their accompanying epithelial cells. For some time the typical hexametameric arrangement is still visible in the strand, but later the whole mass shortens very decidedly to form the definitive ovary and testis and all traces of metamerism are lost. In the present paper I shall not follow the development of these organs further, but will pass on to a description of the sexual ducts. This will enable me to supplement the recent work of Heymons ('9l) who has given us an extended and valuable account of the development of the sexual organs in Blatia, but has contributed only a few observations on the development of . the ducts.

2. The Male DiLcts.

The sexual ducts like the germ-cells are modified portions of the mesodermal somites. While considering the exceptional embryo in Fig. 56, attention was directed to the diverticulum {in. d.) of the tenth abdominal somite. This diverticulum, which is quite normal, is destined to form the terminal portion of the deferent duct (spermaduct) and the seminal vesicle of the adult insect. At the base of the divert


iculum a constriction is formed which converts the proximal portion into a thin cord but leaves the distal end expanded as a hollow sac, which I shall call the terminal ampulla. The remainder of the deferent duct — vis. the portion extending from the sexual gland in the sixth to the anterior end of the tenth segment is formed by a cord-like thickening in the splanchnic wall of the three intervening somites. Anteriorly the cells of the duct pass into the epithelium enveloping the germ-cells. There is no lumen in the duct proper except towards its end where it widens into the terminal ampulla. Thus only the appendage diverticula of the tenth segment go to form the ends of the ducts ; in all the other abdominal segments the diverticula break down and disappear, together with their respective appendages, before the embryo reaches Stage H. In the thoracic, oral and antennary segments, however, the diverticula are converted into the muscles of the persistent appendages.

The further history of the male ducts is readily followed in partially stained embryos mounted in toto. Sex is determined, so far as I have been able to make out, during or soon after katatrepsis, at which time the appendages of the second to the seventh abdominal segments disappear. Fig. 42 represents the caudal end of an embryo just after katatrepsis (Stage J). Appendages still persist on the eighth to eleventh segments while the pleuropodia, not seen in the figure, have begun to degenerate. The testes (/.y.) and the spermaducts {in. d.) are represented in blue. The former have shortened considerably and moved caudad so that they now lie in the sixth and seventh segments. The long terminal threads run forwards from the anterior ends of the testes, while the spermaducts run backwards and end in the terminal ampullae {ta. in.) which still fit into the cavities of the tenth pair of abdominal appendages {ap. 10). A section through these appendages is seen in Fig. 57, showing very clearly the connection of the ampullas {ta. m.) with the ducts {;;/. d.). In front of this section the ducts have no distinct lumen.

In Fig. 43, taken from a slightly older embryo, the appendages of the eighth segment have completely disappeared,

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while those of the tenth have grown smaller and approached the median ventral line. They have, in fact, grown too small to contain the ampullae which are drawn away from them and lie between the ninth and tenth segments a little in front of the abortive appendages. At the same time the inner faces of the ampullae have become flattened and applied to each other in the median line. Each of these sacs has a pointed tip directed caudad. The more arcuate course described by the ducts in this stage is undoubtedly due to the mutual approximation of their terminal ampullae. The appendages of the eleventh segment, the cerci {cc. [<?/"]), which in the preceding stage were rounded like the other abdominal appendages, have become oval.

A more advanced embryo is represented in Fig. 44 (somewhat younger than Stage K). The appendages of the tenth segment {ap^'^) have almost completely disappeared. Those of the ninth segment, the future styli (^/9) have lengthened and now point outwards and forwards. The cerci have grown more pointed. The terminal ampullae lie completely in the ninth segment, having shifted their position headwards. The movement takes place in such a way that what were the posterior faces of the ampullae in the younger stage (Fig. 43) are applied to each other, while the pointed tips are directed forwards. The ducts are thereby rendered still more arcuate towards their terminations. An intermediate stage in this singular movement is shown in Fig. 45, where only small portions of the posterior faces of the ampullae are as yet applied to each other. Comparison of Figs. 43, 44 and 45 shows that the pointed tips remain united and move forward while the surfaces of mutual contact are being shifted. Finally in Fig. 46, which represents the abdominal end of an embryo ready to hatch, we see that the terminal ampullae have increased considerably in size at the expense of the thickness of their walls. They have also lengthened, and brought still more of their surfaces in contact in the median line. The pointed tips of the ampullae extend into the eighth segment. It may also be noted that the points where the spcrmaducts meet the ampullae have moved forward. The appendages of the tenth segment


have long since disappeared and the pleuropodia have lost their organic connection with the embryo, so that only two pairs of abdominal appendages persist, the stylets {st. [«/9]) and the cerci {cc. \_ap^^\), both provided with setae. The pointed fusiform cerci are now folded back so as to bring their insertions on the anal segment into view.

Beyond this stage the development of the male ducts was not followed in XipJddiiLm ensiferiim, but several larval stages of an allied species, X. fasciaUini, were studied for the purpose of connecting the embryonic with the adult condition.

It will be noticed that in Xiphiduim, ensiferuni there exists at the time of hatching no external opening to the spermaducts; the ampullae are completely closed sacs applied to the ventral hypodermis of the ninth abdominal segment, and the ducts connecting them with the testes have no lumen. In the X. fasciatiivi larva 10 mm. long the ejaculatory duct has made its appearance as an unpaired invagination of the hypodermis in the median line between the ninth and tenth segments. Fig. 47 shows the sexual organs of such a larva seen from within, the ventral scutes of the tenth and anal segments having been entirely removed. The prominent terminal ampullae, which become the seminal vesicles of the adult, are considerably enlarged and their walls have increased in thickness. The short spermaducts, now provided with a small lumen, run from the under surface of the sacs to the prominent testes. Only the outer opening of the invagination which is to form the ejaculatory duct is seen at in.o. It runs forward as a flattened chitin-lined depression beneath the seminal vesicles. Sagittal sections show that there is as yet no communication between the lumina of the mesodermal and ectodermal portions ; it is not till a later stage that such a communication is established.

3. TJie Female Ducts.

The oviducts, like the vasa deferentia, are derived from a pair of coelomic appendage-diverticula, but in the female the diverticula belong to the seventh abdominal segment. The diverticula of the female embryo also become constricted


proximally and end in terminal ampullos, which are from the first somewhat smaller and more elongate than the homodynamous structures of the male. The appendages to which the ampullce belong are also less prominent than the tenth pair of appendages in the male. Examination of several series of cross-sections from embryos in Stage J — this being the stage in which the sexes differentiate — reveals the curious fact that in the female, besides the pair of ampullae in the seventh, a pair is also retained in the tenth segment. Figs. 58 and 59 represent two sections taken from such an embryo — the former passing through the tenth, the latter through the seventh abdominal segment. In Fig. 58, the two terminal ampullae Ua. m), and small portions of the ducts leading to them, are still preserved, but the cells and nuclei, especially in the ducts, are being broken down. The ampullae soon share the same fate. In the seventh segment (Fig. S9,f.d.) the cavity of the diverticulum still opens into the ccelomic cavity of the same segment (coe). Its distal ampullar end is applied to the ectoderm where it bulges out to form the small seventh abdominal appendage {ap7). The condition of the diverticulum after the constriction of its proximal portion is shown in Fig. 60, taken from a somewhat more advanced embryo. In this figure, the connection of the oviduct with the posterior end of the young ovary {ov.) is distinctly seen. The cells of the duct pass over into the epithelial cells of the ovary, just as the cells of the spermaducts become continuous with the testicular epithelium. We may now turn to surface views of the female reproductive organs. The specimen represented in Fig. 48 is in the same stage as the male embryo represented in Fig. 42. Five consecutive pairs of abdominal appendages are still present {apl, ap^^). Of these, the ninth and eleventh pairs are very prominent, while the tenth pair has grown very small. The ovary {ov) extends back to the seventh segment where it joins the oviduct. This ends in the terminal ampulla, which lies near the posterior edge of the segment in the seventh abdominal appendage. The terminal ampullae of the tenth segment have not yet disappeared. They are represented in blue because I regard them as the homologues of the persistent male ampullae.


In a more advanced embryo (Fig. 49, Stage K) the male ampullae have disappeared completely, and the tenth pair of appendages, while growing smaller, have moved up to the inner posterior insertions of the ninth pair. The ampullae have increased in size and have come to lie at right angles to the longitudinal axis of the embryo. This causes the oviducts to describe an arc. It is thus seen that the movement of the female ampullae is essentially the same as that of the male, but considerably weaker. Traces of appendages on the seventh segment are still apparent.

From this stage we may pass to a brief consideration of the female embryo ready to hatch (Fig. 50). The ovaries {pv?) have now assumed their definitive characters. Although the pointed and flattened ampullae have approached the median ventral line, they are still separated by a wide space. Even in this advanced stage slight thickenings of the integument over the posterior edges of the ampullae may be taken to represent the remains of the seventh pair of abdominal appendages. The appendages of the tenth segment appear to have joined the inner bases of the ninth pair. I must say, however, that my observations on this pair of appendages are unsatisfactory, notwithstanding I have taken considerable pains to follow their history. The appendages of the eighth and ninth segments undoubtedly form the two anterior pairs of gonapophyses. The third pair has been described by Dewitz ('75) and others as arising from the inner bases of the second pair and is therefore supposed to belong to the ninth segment. I believe, however, that the tenth pair of embryonic appendages persists and moves forward to join the ninth pair, whence they grow out during early larval life as the third pair of gonapophyses. In the embryo the line separating the ninth and tenth segments is certainly very vague, especially on the ventral surface, so that the possibility of a fusion of the two pairs of appendages is by no means precluded. That this fusion should occur is certainly no more remarkable than the migration of the male ampullae from the tenth to the ninth segment. Both of these forward movements may be in some way connected with the forward migration and fusion of the ganglia belonging to the eighth, ninth, and tenth segments [cf. Figs. 42-46, ag'^-f).

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The female larva, like the male, has no external orifice to the sexual organs at the time of hatching. It is even more backward than the male, inasmuch as the terminal ampullae of the oviducts have not yet met in the median ventral line. The first traces of a vagina were found in XipJiidijini fasciatuin larvae about lo mm. long (Fig, 51). Here the terminal ampullae meet, but the surfaces of mutual contact are limited to the pointed tips. The vagina {vg) is a short and broad invagination of the hypodermis between the seventh and eighth segments. Its tip extends to the juncture of the terminal ampullae. In a somewhat later stage the ampullae open into each other and into the vagina. The three pairs of gonapophyses {pp^-op'i) are already assuming their definitive characters.

For an excellent resume of the little work that has been done on the embryonic development of the sexual organs in insects I would refer the reader to Heymons' recent paper ('9l). Here I shall consider only three contributions, — two of Heymons' ('90 and '9l) which treat mainly of the sexual glands, and Nusbaum's paper on the development of the ducts ('84).

Although the results of my study of XipJiidiiun, so far as they go, agree in many respects with Heymons' account of Blatta, several not unimportant differences must be pointed out. The first difference relates to the stage in which the germ-cells make their appearance. Heymons ('9l) claims that he can detect them before the somites are established, at a time, in fact, when the abdominal region of the embryo is still unsegmented. This would correspond to a stage in Xiphidiiim midway between B and C. In Blatta certain mesoderm-cells at this time enlarge and assume a clear and succulent appearance. There is apparently no definite relation between the position of these modified cells and the future segments, and even in a later stage when they become integral portions of the somite-wall, they are quite irregular in their distribution. Heymons regards them as largely dissepimental in position. In XipJiidium, which is, on the whole, a far more favorable form for the study of the sexual organs than Blatta, I was


unable to detect the presence of germ-cells till the somites were established (Stage a little younger than F). At this time they formed strictly metameric cell-clusters each of which was confined to the median portion of the splanchnic wall of its respective somite. These cells rarely, if ever, strayed into the dissepimental region during this stage. It is, of course, conceivable, that Xiphidium and Blatta may differ very considerably in respect to the point under consideration, but I suspect, nevertheless, that Heymons has mistaken the young vitellophags for sexual-cells, notwithstanding his assertion to the contrary. At any rate, to be complete, his figures should show the vitellophags, which are undoubtedly present in the stages he studied and which occupy the very location of his "sexualcells" in his Figs. 2 and 3.

Another point on which we differ is the distribution of the germ-cells. According to Heymons they occur in Blatta in the second to seventh abdominal segments, whereas I find them in Xiphidium in the first to sixth. Heymons says emphatically: " Im ersten Abdominalsegment treten niemals Genitalzellen auf." But this is certainly an error, for in several Blatta embryos I find unmistakable germ-cells forming a pair of isolated clusters in the first abdominal segment. Here they also persist till a comparatively late stage when they are drawn into the second segment during the contraction of the sexual Anlage. The peculiarly modified pleuropodia in Blatta form so efficient a means for determining the exact position of the first abdominal segment and its somite in series of sections both longitudinal and transverse, that I feel confident of not being mistaken in this matter. I admit, however, that fewer germ-cells occur in the first than in the succeeding abdominal segments. According to Heymons comparatively few germ-cells occur in the seventh pair of abdominal somites. In these I have never seen traces of germ-cells in Xiphidium but I cannot, of course, assert that they never occur, especially as I have shown that germ-cells may be found even as far back as the tenth segment. It is interesting to note that Heymons, too, found germ-cells in some of the posterior abdominal segments in Blatta.

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In his first paper ('90) Heymons made the following statement in regard to the genital ducts : " Von besonderer Wichtigkeit scheint mir mm die Thatsache zii sein, dass beim Mannchen der urspriinglich angelegte Ausfuhrungsgang nicht in seiner ganzen Lange zum Vas deferens wird, sondern dass sich sein distaler Abschnitt spater wieder zuriickbildet, ohne je functioniert zu haben. Der wirklich als Ausfiihrungsgang dienende Endtheil des Vas deferens, welcher sich mit dem ectodermalen Ductus ejaculatorius verbindet, entsteht erst nachtraglich an dem urspriinglich angelegten Ausfiihrungsgang. Beim Weibchen dagegen bildet sich der ganze primitive Ausfiihrungsgang zum Oviduct aus."

This is the very opposite of what I have found : in Xiphiduini it is the male duct which at first occurs in both sexes in the tenth abdominal segment — whereas in the female the oviducts are an independent formation, the original male duct being soon broken down. In the female both pairs of ducts are established simultaneously since they are both coelomic diverticula.^

In his more recent paper Heymons ('9l) describes the genital ducts as terminating at the posterior edge of the seventh abdominal segment. As he mentions this fact before he comes to a description of the embryo with determinate sex, I assume that he regards these ducts as common to both sexes. What he saw was without doubt the pair of oviducts, not the deferent ducts. From personal observation I can state that the male ducts of Blatta end at first in terminal ampullae enclosed by the appendages of the tenth abdominal segment just as in XipJiidinvi, whereas the female ducts terminate in much flattened ampullae in the seventh segment. Whether or not a rudimcntal male duct is present in the tenth segment of the female Blatta embryo I have been unable to decide. Perhaps Heymons found something of this kind and while confounding the sex of the embryos he studied, was led to make the above quoted remark.

1 For the sake of greater exactness, I may state that the anterior pair is, perhaps, formed a little sooner than the posterior pair, since the somites develop from before backwards.


Of the few observations which have been made on the development of the genital ducts in insects, Nusbaum's ('84) are the most important. Their agreement with Palmen's anatomical researches on Ephemerids ('84) has been regarded as sufficient warrant of their accuracy. Nusbaum studied the developing ducts in Mallophaga, Pediculidas, Blattida^, and Culicidae and came to the conclusion that the testes and deferent ducts in the male and the ovaries and oviducts in the female are mesodermal, while the seminal vesicles, ejaculatory duct and accessory glands in the male, and the uterus, vagina and accessory glands in the female are ectodermal. He therefore draws the line between mesodermal and ectodermal portions at the juncture of the seminal vesicles and deferent ducts in the male and at the juncture of the oviducts and uterus in the female. This is at variance with my results, since I have found that the seminal vesicles and uterus are mesodermal. These structures are described by Nusbaum as if he had traced their derivation from the ectoderm step by step. Yet he seems not to have studied embryos but only larvae, and it is during embryonic life that the uterus and seminal vesicles are formed. ^ Furthermore his investigations were carried on without the aid of sections. The differentiation of the uterus and seminal vesicles from the ectoderm is far from satisfactorily shown in his figures. I cannot therefore regard Nusbaum's work as contributing any evidence in favor of Palmen's view. Palmen concluded from a careful study of the Ephemeridae that the genital ducts of insects originally

1 This is Nusbaum's description ('84, p. 40) : " Auf der Bauchseite des vierten, von hinten an, Abdominalsegmentes entstehen zwei paarige Hautepithelverdickungei) die sich einander nahern um sich dann zu einem hufeisenformigen unpaaren Korper zu vereinigen. Bevor aber noch die Vereinigung zu Stande kommt, losen sich diese Keime von der Haut ab und verwachsen, wie gesagt, mit den Enden der noch soliden Vasa deferentia. ... In dem vorderen Theile des soliden hufeisenformigen Keimes entstehen zwei vordere geschlossene Hohlen; der mittlere Theil bleibt noch weiter solid, der hintere verlangert sich in zwei seitliche solide Auswiichse. Die zwei vorderen Hohlen verlangern sich nach vorn und differenziren sich in die zwei Vesiculae seminales (innere Schlauche) des definitiven birnformigen Korpers. Mit denselben communiciren die sich aushohlenden Vasa deferentia." An essentially similar description is given by Nusbaum for the female (p. 41).

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had paired openings on the surface of the body. This view, which I fully endorse, has a good basis of anatomical data ; but Nusbaum has not shown that there is a double opening to the sexual organs or even a distinctly paired Anlage to the ectodermal portion of the sexual apparatus. According to his own figures the vagina and ejaculatory duct are unpaired from the first ; the structures on which he laid stress as being paired ectodermal portions were nothing more nor less than the unmodified terminations of the mesodermal ducts — the terminal ampullae.

4. Gejieral Considerations .

The foregoing account of the development of the sexual organs differs sufficiently from the accounts of other authors to justify a brief consideration of some general questions.

First in regard to the germ-cells. These arise as six metameric pairs of clusters in the splanchnic walls of the mesodermal somites. Since the single layer of cells forming the walls of each somite corresponds to the peritoneal epithelium of Annelids, Heymons' conclusion that the germ-cells of insects arise in essentially the same manner as the germ-cells of Annelids, is certainly well-founded. In both groups the germcells are local proliferations of the epithelium lining the body cavity. In Annelids the germ-cells lose their connection with the peritoneum and drop into the body cavity where they undergo maturation. I have called attention to a similar process in the Xiphidimn embryo. Whether these germ-cells disintegrate or again attach themselves to the wall and become invested with epithelial cells, I must leave undecided. I am inclined to adopt the latter alternative, since I have found no traces of germ-cells in the coelomic cavities in stages but little older than the one figured. (Fig. 53.) Heymons has observed in Blatta a similar migration of the germ-cells into the coelomic cavity.

I have alluded to the fact that Xiphidiimt exhibits more pronounced metamerism in the early arrangement of the germ-cells than Blatta. Strictly speaking the germ-cells in the form studied by Heymons are not at all metameric since


they arise, if his account is correct, before metameres are established. It is only on the supposition that the germ-cells of Blatta are precociously segregated that their method of origin can be satisfactorily compared with the conditions seen in Annelids, for in this group the germ-cells are not differentiated—so far as I am aware — until after the somites have reached a considerable degree of development. Providing, therefore, that I have not overlooked the germ-cells in precoelomic stages, Xiphidiiim must be regarded as presenting more primitive conditions than Blatta.

In Xiphidmvi and Blatta six, and therefore more than half the total number of abdominal segments, produce germ-cells.^ In one case I found well-developed clusters in the tenth segment, so that if we omit the eleventh or telson-segment, which is rudimental and hence cannot be expected to produce germ-cells, and if, moreover, Heymons is correct in stating that reproductive elements occur in the seventh, only two abdominal segments fail to produce germ-cells ! This consideration lends support to Heymons' suggestion that " iirsprunglich die Sexualzellen auch in den hinteren Segmenten des Abdomens noch in derselben typischen Weise auftraten." The resemblance of the insect-embryo to Annelids in which a great number of consecutive segments produce ova and spermatozoa, is very obvious. The high development of the appendages and their musculature in the thoracic and oral segments of insects perhaps sufficiently accounts for the complete elimination of the germ-cell clusters in these regions. It may also be noted that they are normally absent in the abdomen in the very segments which longest retain traces of quondam ambulatory appendages — viz. the eighth to the eleventh.

The indications of metamerism which are so transitory in the sexual Anlage of the Orthoptera would appear to be retained throughout life in some of the Thysanura. In lapyx, according to Grassi ('89), the arrangement of the egg-tubes is "nettement metamerique," and his Fig. 44, PI- IV, represents in either ovary seven egg-tubes, occurring in consecutive abdominal seg 1 In a single instance (Fig. 55, PI. VI) what I took to be a sexual cell was found in one of the coelomic cavities of the metathoracic segment !

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ments, be"-inning with the first. The solid testes show no traces of metamerism. In the young Lepisma, according to the same authority, the egg-tubes are also segmental, there bein"- five in either ovary, a pair in each of the five basal abdominal seo-ments. In the adult this character is no longer noticeable. In certain species of Lcpismina, there are six sacs in either testicle, united in pairs on either side. These also lie in the basal abdominal segments. " L'organisation segmentaire des ovaires chez lapyx se repete chez Madiilis. Cette repetition dans des formes tres eloignes I'une de I'autre comme le sont precisement lapyx et Machilis, tend a donner au fait una serieuse valeur morphologique. Les tubes ovariques de Machilis sont au nombre de sept de chaque cote." In the latter form Oudemans ('8?) also figures seven egg-tubes strung along the oviduct, but without a clearly marked metameric arrangement. In the male there are three pairs of testicular sacs.

In all these Thysanura the female, as might be expected, adheres more tenaciously than the male to the metameric scheme. It will also be observed that the number of egg-tubes (five to seven pairs) is about the same as the number of germ-cell clusters in embryo Orthoptera. The position of the organs is also identical, viz. in the first to seventh abdominal segments. We might conclude, therefore, that the sexual organs of the higher Thysanura represented an embryonic or arrested condition.

A difficulty is encountered, however, when we stop to ask the question : Is the individual egg-tube in such a form as Machilis homologous with an individual egg-tube in Blatta or any other Pterygote } So far as structure is concerned, this would appear to be the case. We should also say that each egg-tube of lapyx or Machilis was a metameric unit. But the lowest number of egg-tubes in the Blatta ovary is sixteen, and as this is more than double the number of metameres which contribute germ-cells in the embryo, the egg-tube in this form cannot be regarded as a metameric unit. We must conclude, therefore, either that the individual egg-tubes are not homodynamous in the Pterygota and Apterygota, or that the ovaries in lapyx, Machilis, etc., are not primitively metameric. The possibility of there being an acquired metamerism, or pseudometamerism


in these cases is suggested by Grassi : ** Cette disposition qui est nettement metamerique preserve I'ovaire du danger d'etre deteriore de quelque maniere que ce soit. Le danger existe particulierement quand les oeufs sont pres d'arriver a maturite et provient de ce que, chez lapyx, la differentiation segmentaire de la musculature et de la cuticule est avancee au point que les metameres ont acquis une grande independance de mouvement. Cette independance est beaucoup moindre chez Campodea et c'est pour cela que cet insecte n'offre pas la disposition indique plus haut." If this be an adequate explanation, the resemblance of the sexual organs in the Thysanura to those in the Orthoptera is due to secondary causes. At all events, this question must remain open till Thysanuran embryos can be studied.

The metameric mesodermal origin of the germ-cells in embryo Orthoptera is too much like the origin of the germcells in Annelids to be considered as secondary and I fully agree with Heymons ('9l), and Korschelt and Heider ('92) in regarding the sexual organs of such forms as the Rhynchota (Aphidas, Cicadidse) and Diptera {Chirojtormis, Cecidomyid) as derived by a process of precocious segregation from metameric gonads like those of the Orthoptera. These exceptional forms frequently exhibit peculiar and aberrant features (parthenogenesis, psedogenesis) like the Crustacea which have a similar precocious segregation of germ-cells (e.g. Moina, according to Grobben, '79).

The genital ducts of the insect embryo are not so readily reduced to the Annelid type. Many authorities, it is true, have regarded them as modified nephridia but apart from their paired mesodermal origin and tubular structure there was very little to support such a view. ^ But now the prevailing view receives fresh support from the fact that the ducts in both sexes arise as hollow diverticula of the coelom. Though temporarily obliterated the lumen of the duct is very probably a persisting remnant of the coelomic cavity. This is certainly

1 My statement in a former paper ('89) that the genital ducts might arise from tracheal involutions is erroneous. What I saw and figured (Fig. 80, PI. XIX) was a section through the terminal ampullae of the deferent ducts, and not as I supposed, through their orifices.

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the case with the cavities of the terminal ampullae which are never obliterated.

In seeking for some clue to the true nature of the coelomic diverticula one naturally turns to Pcripatus. Unfortunately the two accounts of the development of the nephridia and genital ducts in this curious Arthropod — the one by v. Kennel ('85 and '88), the other by Sedgwick ('85 and '88) — contradict each other in many particulars. Both authors, however, agree in deriving the mesodermal portion of the nephridium from hollow diverticula of the somites (similar to those seen in the Orthoptera, in that they extend into the appendages ! ), and both agree in regarding the sexual ducts as modified nephridia. But Sedgwick derives the nephridium from the portion of the diverticulum located in the appendage, while Kennel derives it from the inner lower angle at the base of the somite. According to Kennel only the funnel-portion arises in this way, the long duct being formed by a tubular invagination of the ectoderm. On the other hand, Sedgwick derives the funnel and the greater portion of the duct from the mesoderm and believes that only a very small portion of the duct arises by invagination from the ectoderm. These differences apply, of course, to the sexual ducts as well. According to v. Kennel's account not only their unpaired terminal portion (opening in his form on the antepenultimate segment) but also the deferent ducts and uteri are ectodermal ; only a short piece, corresponding to the nephridial funnel, and uniting the uteri to the ovaries, and the deferent ducts to the testes, has a mesodermal origin. According to Sedgwick the dorsomedian portion of the coelom persists in the segments caudad to the fifteenth and is constricted off from the remainder of the somite. The dissepiments are broken down between the adjacent abstricted portions of the somites, so that a hollow tube is formed on either side. These tubes receive the germ-cells from the entoderm and form the sexual glands.^ In the segment bearing the anal papillae

1 Sedgwick claims that the germ-cells originate in the entoderm and later on migrate into the coelomic wall. In this particular I prefer to adopt v. Kennel's account, according to which the germ-cells have a mesodermal origin, since it accords better with the facts of Annelid development and with my o^vn observations.


(which in all probability are reduced ambulatory appendages) a complete separation of the coelom into a lateral (diverticular) and a dorsomedian (genital) portion does not take place, so that the two cavities remain confluent. The portion of the coelomic wall surrounding the proximal cavity joins the sexualgland while the diverticular (nephridial) portion acquires an external opening, " which, however, is much nearer the middle line than in the case of the anterior somites, and, indeed, may be described as being common with that of the opposite side. However this may be, the two openings soon become definitely united to form a single opening, while the tubes themselves persist as the generative ducts. Whether any large portion of the latter are ectodermal in origin, that is to say, derived from a growth of the lips of the opening at its first appearance, it is impossible to say."

If we accept Sedgwick's account it is easy to reduce the genital ducts of insects to the type seen in Peripattts and consequently to Annelid nephridia. In the first place, everything goes to show that the appendage diverticula of the coelom are homologous both in Peripatiis and Orthoptera. In both cases the oviducts and deferent ducts arise from these diverticula by partial constriction. Just as the ducts of Paipatiis run into the cavities of the anal papillae, so the sexual ducts of Blatta and Xiphidiiim run into the rudimental abdominal appendages. In both cases there are terminal ampullae, for as such I venture to regard the slight distal widening of the coelomic diverticula in Sedgwick's Figs. 42 and 44. A comparison of these figures with my Figs. 56 and 59 will show the close resemblance between insects and Peripatiis better than paragraphs of description.

As the exact limits of the ectodermal portions of the ducts of Peripatiis have not been clearly ascertained, further comparison with the Insects cannot at present be undertaken. In the Insecta only the vagina and ejaculatory ducts with their respective accessory glands arise from the ectoderm. These structures are median and unpaired in all insects except the Ephemeridea, one of the oldest and most primitive groups. In this group, as Palmen has shown ('84), the ducts of both sexes

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have independent openings. The oviducts open at the posterior edsre of the seventh, the deferent ducts, which are continued into a pair of penes, at the posterior edge of the ninth segment. There is no ductus ejaculatorius proper since, according to Palmen, the chitinous cuticula covering the surface of the body does not extend in beyond the lips of the orifices.^ In the females of Hcptagcnia the oviducts open at the bottom of an infolding of the hypodermis between the seventh and eighth segments. This infolding, the ovivalvula, accommodates the mature eggs till the time for oviposition, and may be regarded as a structure on the way to becoming a vagina. Morphologically it is simply an intersegmental depression differing from those which separate the sternites of other segments only in being somewhat exaggerated. Palmen observed that the male genital ostia are not opened till the last nymphal ecdysis.

A comparison of the nymphal Ephemerid with the Orthopteran embryo is very instructive. In Xiphidiinn and Blatta the female ampullae lie at the hind end of the seventh, the male at the hind end of the ninth abdominal segment. Just as the deferent ducts of Ephemerids extend into the penes and open to the exterior, so the terminal ampullae originally extend into a pair of appendages, albeit on the tenth segment and not opening to the exterior. If the penes of Ephemerids are really modified ambulatory appendages they would be homologous with the styli of Orthoptera. The curious persistence of these appendages in existing Orthoptera may be due to their having once functioned as penes, long after the other abdominal ambulatory appendages had disappeared. It would be necessary to suppose, if this view were adopted, that the terminations of the male ducts had moved backwards. But this whole matter is very

^ Palmen claims ('84, p. 82) to have found no chitinous lining in the terminal portion of the ejaculatory ducts and oviducts of Ephemerids — an observation from which he naturally infers that these ducts are mesodermal throughout their entire length. I have found, however, that there is in the nymph of a species of Blashcrns very common in the ponds of Worcester, Mass., a distinct chitinous lining to the ejaculatory ducts for some distance inward from the orifice of either penis. My attention was attracted to this lining during the ecdysis of the insect, when I saw the membrane withdrawn from the ducts along with the cuticle covering the external surfaces of the penes and terminal abdominal segments.


obscure, for why should the ampullae in Xiphidiuni move from the tenth into the ninth segment ? The answer to this enigma depends on further comparative embryological research. The long persisting closure of the ostia of the male ducts in Ephemerids is probably an embryonic trait. That the vagina and ejaculatory duct of higher insects, may have arisen from a simple intersegmental depression like the ovivalvula receives some support from the fact that the ectodermal portions of the sexual apparatus make their appearance so late ontogenetically. To obtain in XipJiidiimi a condition essentially like that in Ephemerids it would only be necessary to have each terminal ampulla in both sexes open to the exterior.

The original termination of the sexual ducts in modified ambulatory appendages — which is so clearly seen in both sexes in embryonic Orthoptera — is very probably a primitive feature. In the Malacostraca among Crustacea and in Diplopod Myriopoda the sexual ducts terminate on more or less modified ambulatory limbs ; in both sexes in the former group, only in the males in the latter. In the insect embryo the male genital appendages are larger than those of the female; hence, perhaps the larger size of the ampullae filling their cavities. The ampullae are probably very important structures from a phylogenetic standpoint. They may perhaps represent the nephridial Endblasen of Pcripahis and Annelids, providing these latter structures are mesodermal. In Annelids the Endblasen occasionally function as temporary receptacles for the sexual products, a function which seems to have been retained in the male insect, where they become the vesiculae seminales.

Within the group Eutracheata^ the position of the sexual openings is subject to great variation. Thus in Diplopods and Pauropods the ducts open behind the second pair of legs, usually between the second and third segments. In Chilopoda, on the other hand, they open on the penultimate segment. In the Symphyla the unpaired genital orifice is situated on the fourth segment, which probably corresponds to the first abdominal segment in insects. Even within the division Apterygota great variation is observable. In the Collembola in

1 Under this heading I would include the Myriopoda and Hexapoda.



both sexes the orifice lies at the posterior edge of the fifth abdominal segment. In the Thysanura the female opening usually lies on the eighth, and that of the male on the ninth abdominal segment. In female Orthoptera and Ephemeridea the sexual organs open behind the seventh, in the male behind the ninth abdominal segment, while in the Plecoptera and many other insects the female orifice is said to lie at the posterior edge of the eighth segment. Although these facts of adult anatomy point to great instability in the segmental termination of the sexual ducts, the evidence from embryology is more conclusive. The female Xiphidmm embryo has at first two pairs of ducts, and in the male the single pair shift their position from the tenth to the ninth segment. The former fact proves conclusively that the male and female ducts are not homologous but homodynamous structures, and the latter that ducts may shift their insertions from one segment to another during ontogeny. The inference is, that sexual ducts may arise in any nephridium-bearing segment from the pair of nephridia which best subserve the sexual function and at the same time interfere least with the development and function of other organs, and that a phylogenetic shifting of the ducts has probably taken place repeatedly. The position of the genital ostia on a particular segment cannot therefore be regarded as a character of high morphological value, at least for the larger groups.

Two conflicting views have long been entertained respecting the morphological significance of the gonapophyses. Under this term, introduced by Huxley ('77), we may include the appendages of the eighth to the tenth abdominal segments in the female and such of their homologues as persist in the male. In the female, these appendages go to form the ovipositor. According to Lacaze-Duthiers ('49-'53) they are not true appendages, i. e. homodynamous with the legs, mouth-parts, etc., but simply modified ventral sclerites. Haase ('89), too, believes that the gonapophyses are not true appendages but Integumentbildungen von etwas hoherer Werthigkeit als die Griff el," or styloid processes which are found inserted at the bases of the legs in some Myriopods and Thysanura. A similar view ap


pears to be held by Grassi ('89). All these authors base their conclusions solely on comparative anatomical data.

Other observers, including Weismann ('66), Huxley ('77), Uljanin, Kowalevsky ('73), Kraepelin ('72), Dewitz ('75) and Cholodkovsky ('91^) regard the gonapophyses as homodynamous with the true ambulatory appendages. Most of these authors adduce support for their views from the origin of the ovipositor during the larval and pupal stages. The ovipositor and sting have been traced in Orthoptera and Hymenoptera to two pairs of imaginal disks — one situated on the eighth, the other on the ninth abdominal segment. On the latter segment the pair of disks gives rise to a bifurcate or double pair of appendages. (Dewitz, Kraepelin, etc.) But the mere fact that these appendages arise from imaginal disks is not sufficient evidence of their homodynamy with ambulatory appendages, since the wings of the Metabola also arise from imaginal disks, yet cannot belong to the same category as the ambulatory appendages. The imaginal disks of the gonapophyses must be traced into the embryo and a connection clearly established between them and the embryonic appendages, before the view advocated by Huxley, Uljanin and others can be said to rest on a secure foundation. XipJiidimn supplies this hitherto missing evidence. In this form there can be no doubt concerning the direct continuity of the embryonic appendages with the gonapophyses. One embryo which had just completed katatrepsis still showed traces of all the abdominal appendages. The pairs on the eighth, ninth and tenth segments were somewhat enlarged. In immediately succeeding stages the appendages of the second to sixth segments disappear ; the pair on the seventh disappear somewhat later. Up to the time of hatching the gonapophyses could be continuously traced, since in XipJiidmm there is no flexure of the abdomen as in other forms to obscure the ventral view of the terminal segments. From the time of hatching Dewitz ('75) has traced the development of the ovipositor in another Locustid {Locitsta viridissinid) so that now we have the complete history of the organ.

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sheaths of the ovipositor or sting, the development of the innermost pair of blades is by no means so satisfactory. But whether this pair is only a portion of the ninth pair of appendages, as most authors claim, or represents the tenth pair of appendages, as I maintain, the main question at issue is in no wise affected ; for it still remains true that the ovipositor consists of two or three pairs of modified ambulatory limbs.

In the male XipJiidiuni embryo it was claimed that the pair of appendages on the ninth segment persists to form the definitive styli ; those of the eighth and tenth segments disappearing very early. The continuity of the styli with the embryonic appendages was quite as satisfactorily observed as the continuity of the ovipositor blades. Cholodkowsky has made an exactly similar observation on Blatta ('91^). The styli are, therefore, the homologues of the second pair of gonapophyses. Haase must therefore have gone astray in seeking to homologize the styli with the styloid processes, or " Griffel," for the styli are modified ambulatory appendages. Moreover, if my interpretation is correct, he cannot have found, as he claims, the evanescent rudiments of styli in young female Blattids, since the second pair of "anal palps" are the homologues of the styli {^oide Huxley, '77).

VII. The Subcesophageal Body in Xiphidium and Blatta.

This structure, of which I have elsewhere ('92) given a brief preliminary account, makes its appearance in the XipJiidijint embryo, in a stage a little earlier than F. The somites in the oral and thoracic segments are then established as closed sacs. The stomodaeum is still a relatively shallow depression, and the entoderm-bands starting from its inner end have made but little progress. Sagittal (Fig. 61) and frontal sections (Fig. 62), through the heads of embryos in Stage F, show several interesting details. A pair of somites {coc) lie in the mandibular segment, and previous to this stage there was also a pair of small somites with indistinct cavities in the tritocerebral segment {tc). The planes of section in the two figures are such that the deutocerebral somites are not shown. A mass


of cells, the suboesophageal body, colored pink in the figure, extends between the oesophagus and the mandibular somites. The origin of this mass is obscure. It may arise from the ectoderm of the oesophagus, to the inner end of which it is attached (Fig. 61), or it may come from the entoderm {eti). I believe, however, that it arises from neither of these sources, but from the mesoderm, which in a preceding stage formed the abortive somites of the tritocerebral segment. In frontal section (Fig. 62) the mass of cells is A-shaped, with the juncture of its two arms attached to the lower surface of the oesophagus. The distal ends of the arms are applied to the anterior walls of the mandibular somites. The separate cells are often sharply wedge-shaped and appear to be separated by clear spaces. They grow somewhat, lose their triangular outline and become more rounded. At the same time they tend to fuse in curved strings, with their broad edges applied to one another. This condition is seen in Fig. 63, which is taken from a section through the organ of an embryo in Stage G. The cytoplasm is now very granular, and has a distinctly yellow tint even in unstained sections ; like the neuroblasts and germ-cells it absorbs picric acid with avidity. Vacuoles have begun to make their appearance, and the walls between adjacent cells are disappearing. The volume of the nuclei remains constant, but the cytoplasm enlarges up to the time of hatching. Fig. 64 is a part of a section through the suboesophageal body of a 7 mm. larva of XipJiidmm fasciatiini. The condition of the organ is essentially the same as at the time of hatching. The increase in volume of the cytoplasm is clearly shown. Instead of being granular, as in the younger stages, the protoplasm is now so filled with small vacuoles that it is reduced to a coarse reticulum.

In the suboesophageal body of a larva 9 mm. long, signs of degeneration have begun to appear. The small vacuoles fuse in the centres of the cells, leaving only the cellwalls as ragged envelopes. The nuclei become somewhat polygonal in outline. At this time the organ is found attached to the anterior ends of the salivary glands and to the large trunks which run forward into the head from the first thoracic trachere.

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A section from a very young nymph (10 mm. long), is shown in Fig. 65. The cytoplasm of the fused cells is reduced to a ragged mass in which the irregular nuclei are suspended. Their chromatin is aggregated in rounded masses — a sign of advanced degeneration. In this stage the organ is much shrunken in size so that one is led to conclude that part of it has already been absorbed. In a little later stage the last traces of the organ have disappeared.

A suboesophageal body essentially like the one here described occurs also in Blatta. It, too, has the characteristic yellow tint. In his study of the development of Blatta Cholodkowsky appears to have seen this peculiar structure, though he regarded it as a portion of the fat-body. At page 52 ('91^), he says: "Die Entodermlamelle umwachst den Nahrungsdotter dorsalwarts und von alien Seiten; der Vorder- und Hinterdarm liegen nun ausserhalb des Nahrungsdotters und werden vom homogenen Dotter umspiilt, in welchem {besonders nebc7t de^n CEsophagHs) k I cine blasse Zellcn liegen, die sick in Fettkoi'per zu verwandcln scJieinen!' ^ The organ is shown in Cholodkowsky's Fig, 6"^, PI. VI. In other writers on insect embryology I find no mention of this interesting structure.

In the Rhynchota, to judge from a few observations on the embryos of ZaitJia flinninea, the suboesophageal body occurs in a slightly modified form. Here it consists of a number of loose spherical cells lying on either side and a little below the oesophagus. The nuclei are large and spherical and the compact and finely granular cytoplasm has a distinct yellow cast. Though these cells vary in size (i 1-15^^) they are always larger than the cells of the surrounding tissues (6.3/A). Beyond this stage I could not trace the organ in Zaitha on account of lack of material.

The suboesophageal body may always be readily distinguished from the fat-body of the oral and more posterior segments by the peculiar structure and arrangement of its cells and by its yellow tint. I therefore regard it as an organ sui genesis. It belongs to the category of embryonic or early larval organs,

1 The italics are mine.


and this alone would suffice to distinguish it from the fat-body which persists throughout life.

It is perhaps premature to advance any hypothesis as to the function and morphological significance of the suboesophageal body, but I may call attention to its possible homology with an organ in the Crustacea. The researches of Viallanes and St. Remy go to show that the tritocerebral segment of insects is homologous with the second antennary segment of Crustacea. In the latter group of Arthropods this segment is provided with the green-gland, a structure which develops from the mesoderm and is generally regarded as a modified nephridium. The suboesophageal body, providing it arises from the mesoderm of the tritocerebral segment, may be all that remains of this same pair of nephridia in the cephalic region of insects.

VIII. Technique.

XipJdditmt eggs, like those of other Orthoptera are not easily sectioned in the younger stages, because their yolk bodies are rendered so brittle by the hardening fluids and are cemented together with so little, protoplasm that they disintegrate during the process of cutting. After the appearance of the appendages the embryo may be readily dissected away from the yolk either in the fresh or hardened Q.gg and mounted or sectioned by itself. In the study of the envelopes, where it is necessary to section the whole &%g, the following method gives fairly good results : —

The eggs are taken from the galls and killed by being placed for about a minute in water heated to 80° C.^ They are then transferred for preservation to 70 per cent alcohol in which they should remain for several weeks, if not months, in order to allow the yolk to harden and to shrink away from the chorion. The neglect of this simple precaution has led many to exaggerate the difficulty of studying insect eggs or to abandon them altogether. After remaining in the alcohol for some time, the chorion may be removed by tearing it

1 Alcoholic picrosulphuric acid also proved to be an excellent killing reagent.


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open at the broad pole and gently pushing against the narrow pole of the yolk with one needle, while holding on with the other to the chorion at the same pole. In the earliest and latest stages the chitinous blastodermic membrane comes off with the chorion, in other stages it adheres firmly to the yolk and prevents satisfactory staining. If aqueous stains like Orth's lithium carmine or Grenacher's alum carmine are used, the eggs should be left in them but a short time and carefully watched as the yolk-bodies have a peculiar tendency to absorb water till they lose the polygonal shapes they acquired by mutual pressure, finally swell and fall asunder. This is especially liable to occur in the younger stages when the blastodermic membrane is removed. I have as yet found no other insect &gg with yolk capable of imbibing so much water. In Grenacher's borax carmine there is no swelling, a reason which has induced me to use this stain in preference to the aqueous solutions ; though the two stains mentioned give excellent results if used with due precautions. After dehydrating and clearing with cedar oil, the eggs are kept from two to three hours in melted paraffine (55° C). Older embryos in which most of the yolk has been metabolized need not remain in paraffine more than an hour.

Embryos isolated from the yolk in the anatreptic stages, as well as later embryos used in sectioning, were stained in Czokor's alum cochineal. The bluish color of this stain is preferable to the borax carmine in serial sections, as it is less wearisome to the eye.

In the study of the entire embryo three different methods may be followed with advantage.

Method I. — The isolated embryo is stained with borax carmine, all excess of the stain is removed by prolonged immersion in acid alcohol, and the preparation mounted in clove oil or balsam. In such preparations many of the details of internal structure, such as the arrangement of the coelomic sacs, may be very clearly distinguished. This method was very extensively used by Graber; in fact it seems to have been the only method which he employed for surface study. In this respect it is decidedly inferior to


Method II. — The hardened eggs or embryos, freed from their envelopes, are transferred from seventy per cent alcohol to Delafield's or Ehrlich's haematoxylin, in which they are left not longer than thirty or forty seconds. Then they are suddenly returned to seventy per cent alcohol, and a drop of twenty per cent HCl is allowed to tail through the alcohol onto the embryos, which almost instantly change color. As soon as they pass from a red to a salmon tint the fluid must be hastily removed and replaced by fresh seventy per cent alcohol, to which a trace of ammonia has been added. The nuclei gradually turn blue and throw the embryo out in bold contrast to the pale yellow yolk. In older isolated embryos, the stain faintly tinges the surface protoplasm, accentuates the shadows, and leaves all the sharp depressions unstained. When embryos thus treated are mounted in glycerin or balsam and examined with widely opened diaphragmi and Abbe condensor under a moderately low power (about sixty diameters), the surface relief is exquisitely sharp and clear. The exact delimitation of the appendages, both permanent and evanescent, the tracheal orifices, oenocytic invaginations, segments of the brain and nerve-cord, etc., may be traced with great precision, as the figures on Plate I will testify.

The method here given with several modifications of my own, was taught me by Dr. Wm. Patten, who has used it with great success in his studies of Arthropod development, more especially in his work on the brain and eye of Acilins. A very similar method seems to have been used by other investigators {iiide Foster and Balfour, Elements of Embryology, 1883). Unfortunately, surface preparations with haematoxylin are not permanent, probably on account of the acid used to extract the stain. The color gradually fades, often disappearing completely in the course of a few weeks. I therefore prefer Czokor's alum cochineal, washing in water instead of acidulated alcohol. These preparations are nearly or quite as clear as the haematoxylin preparations and keep indefinitely.

Method III. — This is really only a compromise between Methods I and II. Embryos in the katatreptic stages are allowed to remain in Czokor's alum cochineal till the stain has

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penetrated as far as but not into the yolk. They are then washed in water, dehydrated and mounted in balsam. The sexual ducts together with their ampullae may be distinctly traced on the yellow background of the yolk and structures which lie just beneath the integument, like theoenocyte clusters and the nerve-cord, may be more readily studied than in specimens prepared by Methods I and II. The figures on Plate V and Fig. lo, Plate I were drawn from such partially stained embryos.

The methods here described give good results, not only with XipJiidimn and Blatta, but also with all the other insects and crustaceans which I have examined.

The outlines of the figures in the plates were drawn with an Abb6 camera.

Clark University,

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i^Xiphidium atsifermn, Scud.)

Fig. I {A). Surface view of embryo during gastrulation. p.o., indusium ; pel, procephalic lobe; bl., blastopore; a., anal bifurcation of the blastopore; ams., amnioserosal fold.

Fig. 2 {B). Surface view of embryo with amnioserosal fold closed over trunkregion, pcl.n., neuroblast-centres on the procephalic lobes. 0., anterior widening of the blastopore. Remaining letters as in Fig. i.

Fig. 3 (C). Surface view of embryo with the amnioserosal fold encroaching on the indusial thickening ; po.am., amnioserosal fold of the indusium ; z., pedicel temporarily uniting the indusium with the head ; at., antenna ; md.s., mandibular segment; mx.s.,'^ first maxillary segment; mx.s.^ second maxillary segment; p.s.,^-p.s.,^ first to third thoracic segments ; a.s.,^ first abdominal segment. Remaining letters as in Fig. i.

Fig. 4 (Z>). Surface view of embryo just after the separation of the indusium from the head. Letters as in Figs. 3 and i.

Fig. 5 {E). Indusium spreading over the yolk. View of embryo nearly completely submerged in the yolk, on its way to the dorsal surface, tc.s., tritocerebral segment. Other letters as in preceding figures.

Fig. 6 {F). Surface view of elongate embryo on dorsal surface of yolk, lb., labrum ; wzoT., mandible ; ;«^.,' first maxilla; mx.j^ second maxilla;/.' — /.,^ the three thoracic appendages (legs); coe., ccelomic sac of first abdominal segment showing through the body wall ; //. {ap.^), pleuropodium (appendage of the first abdominal segment) ; ?'., yolk ; tv/rV., cellular envelopes torn away from the ventral face of the embryo ; cc. (ap."), cerci (appendages of the eleventh abdominal segment).

Fig. 7 (C). Surface view of shortened embryo on dorsal yolk, pc.,^ second protocerebral lobe ; pc.,^ third protocerebral lobe ; dc, deutocerebrum ; Ic, tritocerebrum ; e., eye ; x., metastigmatic, or cenocytic invagination ; ap.,* fourth abdominal appendage. Remaining letters as in Fig. 6 (F).

Fig. 8 {//). Surface view of embryo turning the lower pole of the egg. sr., inner indusium functioning as the serosa ; at/i., amnion reflected back over the yolk and continuous with the membrane jr.; al., antenna; //., right pleuropodium ; zg^l., intraganglionic thickening.

Fig. 9 (/). Surface view of embryo just after returning to the ventral face of the egg. e., eye ; other letters as in Fig. 8 (//).

Fig. 10 (A'). Surface view of advanced 9 embryo just before the secretion of the larval cuticle, d.o., " dorsal organ " ; /.d., oviduct ; la., terminal ampulla of oviduct ; op.'- {o/>.^), op.^ (cip-^), first and second pairs of gonapophyses (appendages of the 8th and 9th abdominal segments), cc. (iip.^^), cercus.

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Fig. II. Surface view of gastrula of Stagmo77iaiitis. X 150. />.o., rudiment of indusium.; i>/., blastopore; ams., amnioserosal fold extending just over the edge of the oval germ-band.

Fig. 12. Outline of egg of Stagmomantis showing the position and relative size of the germ-band during gastrulation.

Fig. 13. Surface view of gastrula of Crj//«j. X 150. ^wj-., amnioserosal fold extending just over the edge of the germ-band ; bl., deeper posterior end of blastopore.

Fig. 14. Outline of egg of Gryllus showing the relative size and position of the germ-band during gastrulation.

Fig. 15. Surface view of a Xiphidiuni embryo during the closure of the amnioserosal fold over the mouth. Eight segments in the trunk, p.o., indusium ;

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Fig. 16. Surface view of head during the separation of the indusium. Stage of Fig. 3 (C), Plate I more highly magnified, p.o., indusium ; nn., shrunken nuclei of the indusium ; s., serosal nucleus ; z., pedicel connecting the indusium with the head ; pel., procephalic lobe ; lb., labrum ; 0., stomodasum ; at., antenna ; tc.s., tritocerebral segment ; 7nd.s., mandibular segment ; 7nx.s.,^ first maxillary segment.

Fig. 17. Median transverse section through the indusium while still a simple thickening of the blastoderm (serosa). X 230. s., serosa ; p.o., portion of indusium with normal nuclei ; ««.,' shrunken nuclei ; 7171.^ less shrunken nuclei ; d., thickened periphery of the organ ; v., yolk.

Fig. 18. Median transverse section of the indusium while the amnioserosal fold is closing over the disk. X 230. Letters as in Fig. 17.

Fig. 19. Median transverse section through the indusium after the complete closure of the amnioserosal folds. X 230. a/71.,'^ outer indusial layer ; p.o., inner indusial layer ; ««.,' shrunken nuclei.

Fig. 20. Median transverse section through the indusium just after it has begun to spread. X 230. Letters as in the preceding figures.

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Fig. 21. Median longitudinal section through the head of an embryo over which the envelopes have just closed. X 230. 0., stomodceum ; am., amnion ; J., serosa ; p.o., indusium ; s., pedicel uniting the indusium to the head of tha embryo ; ec, ectoderm ; ms., mesoderm ; vph., vitellophag ; v., yolk.

Fig. 22. Median tranverse section of the indusium when it has reached half way round the egg. X 230. p.o., inner indusial layer ; «;«.,' outer indusial layer ; s., serosa.

Fig. 23. Three normal cells from the indusium. X 700.

Fig. 24. Three cells with shrivelled nuclei from the indusium. X 700.

Fig. 25. Transverse section through basal abdominal region of an embryo passing to the dorsal surface of the yolk. X 230. 7tb., neuroblasts ; db., dermatoblasts ; am., amnion ; ms., mesoderm ; ec, ectoderm.

Fig. 26. Transverse section through first maxillary segment of an embryo passing to the dorsal surface of the yolk. X 230. ng., neural groove ; en., entoderm. Other letters as in Fig. 25.

Fig. 27. Transverse section through the second maxillary segment of an embryo in the stage of Fig. 6, [F) Plate I. X 230. 7hx.,~ second maxilla (trilobed) ; T?i/ib., median-cord neuroblast ; ps., Punktsubstanz ; vph., vitellophag. Other letters as in Figs. 25 and 26.

Fig. 28. Transverse section through the mesothoracic ganglion of an embryo in a stage somewhat younger than G (Fig. 7, PI. I). X 230. g.,'^ younger offspring of the neuroblasts ; g.,^ older offspring of the neuroblasts (ganglion cells) ; ecd., ectoderm ; vie, median cord (" mittelstrang "). Remaining letters as in preceding figures.

Fig. 29. Sagittal section through nerve-cord a little to one side of the median line. Embryo in Stage G (Fig. 7, PI. I). X 175. md.g., mandibular ganglion; mx.g.,^ first maxillary ganglion ; mx.g.,^ second maxillary ganglion ; ig.,'^ ig.,^ first and second interganglionic depressions ; p.g.,^ first thoracic ganglion ; p.g.,^ second thoracic ganglion ; 7mib., median cord neuroblasts ; mg., their progeny ; inl., inner neurilemma.

Fig. 30. Frontal section through the base of the abdomen of an embryo somewhat older than Fig. 6, (F), PI. I. X 175. 71b., neuroblasts; 77i>ib., median cord neuroblasts in the intersegmental regions ; p.,^ metathoracic leg ; //., pleuropodium ; ap.,^-ap.,^ second to fifth abdominal appendages grazed by the knife.

Fig. 31. Transverse section through the mesothoracic ganglion of an embryo in a stage between Fig. 9 (/) and 10 (A') PI. I. X 230. hy., hypodermis (product of dermatoblasts) ; 7ib., neuroblasts ; g.'^, latest progeny of the neuroblasts ; g., ganglion-cells ; ««/., inner neurilemma ; e7il., outer neurilemma ; ps., Punktsubstanz.

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Fig. 33. Next following section to that represented in Fig. 32. X 230. n.b., neuroblast ; am., amnion. Remaining letters same as in Fig. 32.

Fig. 34. Next following section to that represented in Fig. 33. X 230. st., stomodaeum. Remaining figures the same as in Figs. 32 and i^, Fig. 35. Transverse section through the labrum, in a stage intermediate between E and F (Figs. 5 and 6, PI. I.) X 230. pc.,^ third protocerebal lobe ; lb., labrum ; en. ins., mesentoderm.

Fig. 36. Transverse section through labrum and brain of an embryo in Stage F (Fig. 6, PI. I.) X 230. lb., labrum ; pc.,"^ pc.^ pc.,^ first, second and third protocerebral lobes ; op., optic plate ; nb., neuroblast ; db., dermatoblasts ; coe., headcoelom ; ms., mesoderm cells ; igl., intraganglionic thickening ; st., stomodaeum ; am., amnion.

Fig. 37. Transverse section through praslabral region of an embryo in stage somewhat later than F (Fig. 6, PI. I). X 145. mc, median cord ; pc.^ {o.g.), first protocerebal lobe (optic ganglion) ; -w., orifice of involution of the intraganglionic thickening. Remaining letters as m Fig. 36.

Fig. 38. Transverse section through optic ganglion and optic plate of an embryo in Stage G (Fig. 7, PI. I). X 145. th., clear thickening in the optic plate; e., eye ; ott., optic nerve ; /c' {o.g.), optic ganglion ; am., amnion.

Fig. 39. Frontal section through the brain of an embryo somewhat older than I (Fig. 9, PI. I). X 175. /., problematical brain segment; pc."^ {o.g-), optic ganglion; pc,.^ pc.,^ second and third protocerebral lobes; ^/r., deutocerebrum ; tc, tritocerebrum ; e., eye ; md., mandible ; md.^., mandibular ganglion ; r.g., recurrent ganglion ; st., stomodaeum.

Fig. 40. Transverse section of brain through the supraoesophageal commissure of an embryo in Stage K (Fig. 10, PI. I). X 175, ;//;., neuroblasts ; igl., interganglionic thickening; th., clear thickening in the optic plate; coe., headccelom ; ps., Punktsubstanz ; 07t., optic nerve. Remaming letters as in Fig. 39.

Fig. 41. Transverse section from same series as that represented in Fig. 40, but passing through the frontal ganglion. X 175. dc., deutocerebrum ; /^., frontal ganglion ; sb., subcesophageal body. Remaining letters as in Figs. 39 and 40.

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Fig. 42. Tip of abdomen in surface view from a ^ embryo which has just passed the lower pole. (Stage J, Fig. 9, PI. I.) t^ -t.,^ fifth to eighth abdominal stigmata ; ts., testis ; m.d., vas deferens ; ta.m., terminal ampulla ; ap.,^ appendages of eighth abdominal segment; st. [ap?), stylets (appendages of ninth abd. seg.; ap.^° appendages of tenth abdominal segment, in the cavities of which the ampullae lie in this stage ; cc. {ap.,") cerci.; prd., proctodseum ; aji., anus.

Fig. 43. Tip of abdomen in surfage view from a $ embryo somewhat older than the one shown in Fig. 42. Letters same as in Fig. 42.

Fig. 44. Tip of abdomen in surface view from a $ embryo somewhat older than the one shown in Fig. 43. v., yolk ; ag., last abdominal ganglion. Remaining letters as in Fig. 42.

Fig. 45. Vasa deferentia (m.d.), with their terminal ampullae [ta.m.), from an embryo just before the development of the larval cuticle.

Fig. 46. Tip of abdomen of a J embryo ready to hatch. Letters same as in

Figs. 42-44 Fig. 47. Tip of abdomen opened and seen from within from a J larva i cm. long, tn.o., sexual orifice, c.n., connectives ; remaining letters as in Figs. 42-44.

Fig. 48. Tip of abdomen of 9 embryo in a stage corresponding to that represented in Fig. 42. ov., ovary ; f.d., oviduct ; ta.f., terminal ampulla ; tn.d., vas deferens and terminal ampulla of the male type, still persisting; A-/'.,^^sixth to eighth abdominal stigmata; <z/.,^ persisting appendage of the seventh abdominal segment ; op} {ap.^), op? {ap.'^), op? {ap}°), three pairs of abdominal appendages which become the gonapophyses (ovipositor) ; ««.,anus ; cc. ((7/."), cerci ; v., yolk.

Fig. 49. Tip of abdomen of 9 embryo seen in full surface view in Fig. 10. (A'), PI. I. mnb., location of median cord neuroblast ; cm., posterior commissure ; en., connective ; ag., last abdominal ganglion. Other letters as in Fig. 48.

Fig. 50. Tip of abdomen of 9 embryo ready to hatch. Letters same as in Figs. 48 and 49.

Fig. 51. Tip of abdomen of 9 larva i cm. long, opened and seen from within; all the parts being dissected away except the reproductive organs, vg., vagina ; <?/.' [ap.^), op.^ {ap-\ op.^ (ap}°), three pairs of gonapophyses. Other letters as in Fig. 48.

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Fig. 52. Frontal section through first to fourth abdominal segments, showing segmental arrangement of the gonads. Embryo in Stage F (Fig. 6, PI. I). X 230. ml., longitudinal ventral muscle ; gd}gd?gd.,^ gonads of first, second and third abdominal segments ; coe., ccelomic cavity ; ecd., ectoderm ; ep., epithelium.

Fig. 53. Transverse section through the third abdominal segment of an embryo in Stage F, (Fig. 6, PI. I). X 230. nc, nerve cord ; a7n., amnion, sms., somatic wall of somite ; spins., splanchnic wall of somite ; v., yolk ; en., entoderm. Remaining letters as in Fig. 52.

Fig. 54. Frontal section through the fourth abdominal segment of an embryo in Stage F (Fig. 6, PI. I). X 230. The diverticula point towards the head, v., yolk ; gd.,"" gonad of fourth abdominal segment ; coe., coelomic cavity ; ep., epithelium.

Fig. 55. Section through a somite from the third thoracic segment showing a single enlarged germ-cell protruding into the coelomic cavity. X 230.

Fig. 56. Sagittal section through the end of the abdomen of an embryo in Stage G (Fig. 7, PI. I), tb., neuroteloblast ? ; nb., neuroblasts; coe.-coc.,^° coelomic cavities of the seventh to tenth abdominal segments ; m.d., diverticulum of the tenth abdominal somite which becomes the vas deferens and its terminal ampulla ; gd.,'^° gonad in tenth abdominal segment (abnormal and atavistic); n.c., nerve cord in unflexed portion of abdomen.

Fig. 57. Transverse section through ninth abdominal segment of embryo represented in Fig. 42, PI. V, cutting the tenth pair of appendages. X 175. msc, muscular tissue ; prd., proctodeum ; n.c, nerve cord ; h., heart ; ecd., ectoderm ; m.d., vas deferens; ta.in., terminal ampulla; ap.,^° appendage of the tenth abdominal segment.

Fig. 58. Transverse section of the abdomen of an embryo in the stage represented in Fig. 48, PI. V. The greater portion of the section passes through the ninth, its anterior portion through the tenth abdominal segment. X 175. coe.,^° coelom of tenth abdominal segment ; bl., blood corpuscle ; ta.m., terminal ampulla of vas deferens ; m.d., vas deferens disintegratmg ; op.^ {ap.^°), third pair of gonapophyses ; n.c, nerve cord ; p}-d., proctodaeum ; ec, ectoderm ; h., heart.

Fig. 59. Transverse section through the seventh abdominal segment, taken from the same embryo as the section in Fig. 58. X 175. z/., yolk ; en., entoderm ; bi., blood-corpuscle dividmg ; h., heart ; coe., coelom of the seventh abdominal segment ; f.d., oviduct ; ta., terminal ampulla ; oe., oenocytes ; ec, ectoderm ; nc, nerve-cord ; ap., appendage of seventh abdominal segment.

Fig. 60. Transverse section through the seventh abdominal segment of an embryo somewhat older than that in Fig. 48, PI. V. X 175. ov., ovary; mc, median cord ; ad., fat-body ; spms., splanchnic mesoderm. Other letters as in

Fig. 59 Fig. 61. Sagittal section through the head of an embryo in Stage F (Fig. 6, PI. I). X 175. y;^., frontal ganglion ; r.j^.,' first recurrent ganglion ; r.^.,^ second recurrent ganglion ; v., yolk ; pc.,^ third protocerebral lobe ; ms., mesoderm ; lb.,


labrum ; st., stomodaeum ; tc, tritocerebrum ; md.g., mandibular ganglion ; en., entoderm ; s.b., suboesophageal body ; coe.,^ coelom of mandibular segment.

Fig. 62. Frontal section through the head of an embryo in Stage F (Fig. 6, PI. I). X 175. pc} (p.g), optic ganglion; md., mandible. Remainmg letters as in Fig. 61.

Fig. 63. Transverse section through the suboesophageal body from an embryo in Stage G (Fig. 7, PI. I.). X 500.

Fig. 64. Section through suboesophageal body of larva 7 mm. long. X 500.

Fig. 65. Section through the suboesophageal body of a nymph i cm. long, X 500.

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1. It is the purpose of the following pages to communicate some observations concerning one of the physiological causes of coloration in animals, the term coloration meaning the relative distribution and shape of the colored parts on the surface of an animal. The reader knows that we have to discriminate between two kinds of coloration in animals, (i) coloration determined merely by the structure of the superficial tissues, and (2) coloration produced by specific pigments. In the second case the pigment may or may not be exclusively contained in specific pigment cells, the chromatophores. It is my intention in this paper to deal with coloration produced exclusively by chromatophores.

For the physiologist the question arises which circumstances determine such an arrangement of pigment cells as to produce a fixed a;nd typical design. There are two possibilities; the pigment cells are formed in the same place where they are found, or are produced irregularly all over the surface, and by secondary causes are forced to migrate to certain places and to gather there.

While studying the physiology of development in fish, I was struck by the tiger-like coloration of the yolk sac of Fundulus. The observation of the development of this coloration showed me that in this case the coloration is produced by a migration of the chromatophores from the place where they first appear to the blood vessels, and this migration seems to be the result of an attraction which the thin-walled blood vessels, or what is more probable their contents, exert upon the amoeba-like chromatophores.

2. When the eggs of Fundulus are fertilized artificially, at a temperature of about 20°, as a rule in three days the circulation at the surface of the yolk begins, and at the same time


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scattered chromatophores make their appearance. These chromatophores, the number of which increases steadily during the next days, do not show any special arrangement except that possibly their number is a little greater in those places where the vitelline arteries leave the body, and at a little distance from where the vitelline veins join the heart. There are two kinds of chromatophores, one containing a red and the other a black pigment, both sending out processes.

The processes of the black cells are comparatively few in number, whilst the red cells send out a much greater number of small processes. At first one finds these cells scattered in the lacunes between the yolk capillary vessels as well as spreading out partly over a blood vessel. About the fourth or fifth day, however, one can observe that many of the chromatophores which are near a blood vessel send out one or more processes on its surface. These processes follow the surface of the blood vessel very closely, and by no means spread out over its other side. This attachment to the surface of the blood vessel is most striking in those places where the blood vessel undergoes a bifurcation. Here the process of the chromatophore, rather than leave the surface of the blood vessel, undergoes the same bifurcation. This is at first more obvious in the black than in the red chromatophores, the former on the whole appearing more irritable. During the next days the number of chromatophores which send out processes to the blood vessels increases and the whole mass of those which had already stretched out their processes to a blood vessel creeps upon the surface of the latter. The striking feature in the chromatophores after having reached the blood vessel is the change in their dimensions. As a rule the diameter of a chromatophore before it comes in contact with a blood vessel is greater in every direction than the diameter of a capillary blood vessel. But as soon as it is on the blood vessel it stretches out in the longtitudinal direction of the same in order to accommodate its whole mass on its surface. At the point of bifurcation of a blood vessel the chromatophore, as a rule, undergoes the same bifurcation. By the ninth day practically every chromatophore has crept upon a blood vessel ; hardly a single chromatophore can longer be found in the gaps between them.


The blood vessels now have a covering of pigment which, however, is not uninterrupted, but shows many shorter or longer open spaces where the vessel is entirely free from pigment. It seems that the chromatophore remains at that point of the blood vessel to which it originally crept.

3. Therefore the history of coloration of the yolk sac in the Fundulus embryo seems to be as follows : The production of chromatophores takes place with the exception of a few spots in almost every part of the yolk sac. Whether the production of pigment and the origin of chromatophores is in some way dependent upon the formation of the blood and the blood vessels I cannot say ; but as a matter of fact the chromatophores make their appearance at almost every point of the surface regardless of the blood vessels. As soon as a process of the chromatophores reaches the blood vessel the whole mass of the cell creeps upon it and remains there. This migration of the chromatophores reminds of the migrations of the white blood corpuscles. It is known that these blood corpuscles show a chemical irritability, a chemotropism. It may be that the chromatophores are also chemotropic, and that some of the contents of the blood vessels attract the chromatophores, or rather cause the protoplasma of the chromatophore to move toward and upon the blood vessel.

4. In order to find out whether the contents of the blood vessels attract the chromatophores I made the following experiment which is, perhaps, more interesting in itself than decisive for our question. I made the embryo develop without the heart-beat, to see if the migration of the chromatophores to the blood vessels would take place even without the blood circulating in the vessels. The embryo was put into sea water which contained a specific heart-poison, namely, potassium chloride. Five gr. of this substance were added to 100 ccm. normal sea water, after I had convinced myself that an addition of 3 gr. to 100 ccm. sea water is already sufficient to make the heart of a Fundulus embryo stop beating in a few minutes. The eggs segmented normally in a so strong solution of KCl, and quite a number developed into a normal embryo. I found it more favorable, however, to let the embryo first develop in normal sea water, and not put it in the poisoned sea water for

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twenty-four hours after the impregnation. A small percentage of these embryos formed a heart, a circulatory system, arteries, veins, capillaries and blood corpuscles. But I was never able to find any sign of a heart-beat or circulation, although 1 watched the eggs continually. Nevertheless, these embryos kept on developing until the fourth day after the impregnation. A great number of chromatophores were formed, but not the slightest relation between these and the blood vessels was visible. In normal sea water by this time the first traces of migration were visible. It is my intention to give these experiments more detailed in another paper. As far as the causes of the orientation and migration of the chromatophores are concerned, they rather favor the idea that the stimulus for this orientation and migration is to be sought in the circulating blood.

5 . From the above we conclude that the typical coloration of the yolk sac of the Fimdiiliis embryo is due to a specific, probably, chemical irritability of the chromatophores which are forced by this irritability to migrate to the blood vessels and gather on their sniface. If that be true we may expect that this same irritability also plays some role in the coloration of the embryo itself. I intend to study this question more in detail next summer, and will give here only a few facts which possibly answer the question affirmatively. It seems as if there were formed in the embryo two rows of pigment on either side corresponding to the cardinal veins. It may be, moreover, that the two dark spots which are formed, one near the tail, the other nearer the head of the embryo, correspond to the places where the vitelline arteries leave the body of the fish, and where indeed plenty of chromatophores are found. But be this as it may, it is important to remember that our explanation of coloration only can be applied in cases in which coloration is determined by chromatophores. And even in such cases we must not forget that chemical irritability is not necessarily the only kind of irritability of chromatophores. In certain animals and organs for instance, they are irritable by light. It is possible that in cases where blood vessels determine the orientation of pigment cells this only takes place as long as the walls of the vessels are sufficiently thin, as in the embryo.



The difficulty in unraveling the various subdivisions of the bronchus of higher animals has made it impossible for us to gain a clear idea of the structure of the lung tissue. From a comparative standpoint it has also been impossible to gain light regarding the structure of the mammalian lung, mainly on account of the many variations in the different groups of animals. With these facts in view, I have attempted to rework the whole subject in question, guided by Dr. Mall and aided by a Fellowship granted by Clark University. I am also under obligations to Dr. Baur for most of the specimens of reptilian lungs.

Microscopic anatomy has told us that organs are built up of like component parts, and that when the structure of one of these parts is known, the structure of the whole organ is clear. Yet it is necessary to homologize these parts in different animals, and this has been one of my problems. In order to do this we naturally inquire into the evolution as well as into the development of the different lungs. When studied from these standpoints, the structure of the lungs becomes quite a simple affair, provided we employ methods to unravel the more complex lungs. This is made possible by the employment of the more recent methods of reconstruction, which were introduced by His, by Born and many others in embryology, and by Mall,^ Spalteholtz ^ and myself ^ in histology.

The following methods were found to be of greatest value :

1. Injecting the lung with air or illuminating gas and then allowing it to dry.

2. Corrosion preparation in wax or in Wood's metal.

1 Mall, Blut- u. Lymphwege, etc., Abhandl. d. k. sdch. Gesellschaft d. Wiss., Bd. XIV, 1887, and The Blood-vessels of the Stomach, Joktis Hopkins Hospital Reports, Vol. I.

2 Spalteholtz, His's Arckiv, 1892.

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3. Digestion in pepsin after the air-passages and bloodvessels had been injected with colored celloidin.

4. Reconstruction as well as free-hand modeling.

The first method is of greatest service in the study of the lungs of Amphibia and Reptilia. In these animals the large air-sacs permit a very careful study of the interior of the lung after it has been blown up, dried and cut open. The mammalian lung, however, is hard to dry, and the best specimens are of little value in the study of the finer structure.

Injections with wax and with Wood's metal proved of great value in the study of the blood-vessels, but are of little value in the study of the air-passages within the lobule. It is of great service in studying the bronchial tree of embryos which are sufficiently advanced to permit a cannula being tied in the trachea. But all that can be obtained with Wood's metal or with wax can be obtained equally well or better with celloidin. It is by all odds the most desirable method. The celloidin is to be colored with vermilion, Prussian blue or chrome yellow. After the vessels have been injected the organ may be placed in water for some time, and then the tissues are digested with pepsin and one half per cent, hydrochloric acid. For this latter procedure I am under obligations to Dr. Mixter of Boston. The digestion, of course, takes place best in the thermostat ; and when the tissues are thoroughly softened, which often takes days, they are to be washed off in flowing water. In all cases I found that the corrosions are best preserved in a mixture of equal parts of glycerine, alcohol and water.

Direct modeling I found of great service in the study of small corrosions of the tips of the bronchi of embryos. For the more complex lungs the reconstruction method of Born was at last resorted to, by which, after devoting nearly two years to a single specimen, the desired light was obtained. The lung was first prepared by making a triple injection, by which the capillaries were filled with Prussian blue, the arteries with vermilion, and the veins with ultramarine-blue gelatine. A single lobule was then removed, imbedded in paraffine, and cut into sections 20 /u, thick. The magnifying


power employed in reconstruction was one hundred, and each section was drawn on a wax plate two millimeters thick. As long as the terminal bronchus was in the section it was quite easy to locate all the air-cells from section to section. Beyond the terminal bronchus the location of the blood-vessels and the shape of the air-sacs served as guides. In this way all the aircells communicating with one bronchus were drawn on wax plates, and the portions representing the air-spaces carefully cut out. The frame-work left, when piled up, gave an exact model of the air-sacs, and the pieces piled gave a "corrosion" of the same. The models were now cut in various directions in order to study the relation of the air-sacs to the terminal bronchus.

Throughout my study the relation of the blood-vessels to one another as well as to the air-passages has been constantly kept in mind, and it was found that they are distributed according to rule throughout the lung, and that the terminations of the bronchi are marked by sacs which have an arterial and a venous side. These I have termed the air-sacs. They are in turn studded with the air-cells, some of which are covered with arterial and some with venous capillaries. That the bloodvessels are related to the component parts of complex glands in this manner is by no means peculiar to the lungs, for it has been shown that the same exists in all organs in which the blood-vessels have been studied carefully.^

When lungs of different animals are placed side by side the various microscopic subdivisions in the more complex lungs must be homologized with the macroscopic subdivisions of the simpler lungs. Due to the many names which have been already employed in the description of the various portions of the lungs in different animals, the way in which I use the term "air-sac" may be confusing to the reader. It seems to me, however, that it would be more confusing if many new terms were introduced. The plan has been to call the terminal subdivision the air-cell ; the first cluster of these the air-sac ;

1 I have already given a full history of the structure of the lung in the article "Lung" in Buck's Reference Handbook of the Medical Sciences — SM^^lement volume. Wm. Wood & Co., New York, 1893.

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and when a group of the sacs open into a common cavity with no distinct walls, I term it the atrium. From the standpoints of evolution and of development this may not be quite correct, for what is originally an air-sac in a simple lung is converted only in part into the air-sac of the complex lung ; if the terminology is reversed, about the same holds true.

The Air Passages.

Amphibian king. — Of the amphibians I have chosen for description the lungs of Necturus maculosus, the common mud puppy of the Mississippi Valley and the great lakes of the the West, and those of the common frog (R. catesbiana). In

Lung of Necturus.

Lung of frog.

Necturus the lungs consist of two elongated cylindrical-shaped bodies, the outer and inner surfaces of which are perfectly smooth (Fig. i). Along the mesial side of the lung is seen the vein and on the opposite side the artery. Lateral branches are given off from each, which give rise to the capillaries. The distribution of the vessels is such, that we find an arterial twig placed nearly equidistant between two venous twigs.

In the frog (Fig. 2) the lungs are ellipsoid in shape and bluntly pointed behind. The exterior is smooth, but the inner surface is crossed by large bands which extend some depth into the central cavity. These form a coarse network, within

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which smaller septa are found, to form a second and more delicate network. In this manner the inner surface is given a honeycombed appearance. We have in these two animals the extremes of the lungs of the amphibians; one smooth and the other honeycombed, but between them we find all degrees of division of the inner surface. The accompanying cuts give the general arrangement of the interior of the lungs of Necturus and of the frog. In the first the walls are perfectly smooth, while in the frog the septa, which are destined to break the


Lung of snake. Lung of Heloderma.

S, air-sac ; B, bronchus.

lung into compartments in the higher animals, are already beginning to form.

Reptiliaji lung. — In the snake we find a single, much elongated lung {Fig. 3), perfectly smooth externally, and internally for the posterior two thirds of its length. The inner surface of the anterior third becomes more and more divided until we reach the anterior sixth, where we have the inner surface divided into many small sacs which communicate with the central cavity by nearly circular openings (Fig. 4).

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All the lungs examined thus far have a large central cavity, the inner surface of which is smooth or more or less subdivided ; the bronchus opens into the anterior end, but is not continued into the interior. The central cavity is not yet divided into special cavities by partitions extending across it. The diagram in cut 3 shows the relation of this lung to that of lower animals. In many respects it is a continuation of the lung of Necturus and that of the frog. Even if we do view the snake's lung as degenerated, we can not fail to see that in that portion which is more complex it is slightly in advance of that of the frog. In the former the air-cells are already grouped in bunches forming the air-sacs. This grouping is more marked in other reptiles.

In some of the lizards (Heloderma suspectum) we find that this central cavity is divided into several smaller ones by means of partitions (Fig. 5). These smaller cavities or air-sacs are subdivided into air-cells, just as we have seen in the case of the frog's lung. The bronchus is continued into the lung (which it enters at its inner and anterior sixth) until it reaches the wall which divides the posterior sac from those lying in front of it ; here it ends as a circular opening. This posterior sac is simpler in its structure than those lying anterior to it, just as the posterior end of the snake's lung was found to be simpler than the anterior. The subdivision of the inner surface of the lung begins at the anterior end and gradually proceeds backward. In general the whole lung can be viewed as somewhat more advanced than that of the snake. The air-sacs have encroached upon the central cavity until nothing but a small tube or semi-bronchus is left. I am not inclined to call this a bronchus, because it is perforated all along its walls with the openings of the air-sacs. It might be considered as a single atrium or third air-cavity which communicates with the bronchus. This third cavity is best seen in the crocodile.

The lungs of the turtles furnish beautiful gradations in their subdivisions into sacs, and in the complex division of these sacs. The posterior sac may be smooth like that of the Necturus lung, subdivided as in the frog's lung (Fig. 6), or it may attain the same degree of subdivision as the other sacs, a condition

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which is found in Macrochelys. In Heloderma and the turtles each air-sac communicates with the bronchus by an oval or circular opening in its walls ; this opening is the only one connected with the sac.

In the crocodile (Fig. 7) and alligator the bronchus enters the lung near its center, and passes somewhat obliquely into the lung until it reaches the junction of the lower and middle third ; here it breaks up into eight to fifteen tubular passages. These tubular passages are studded with a great many air-sacs,

Lung of crocodile.

Lung of bird.

S, air-sac ; A , atrium ; B, bronchus ; BB, air-bag.

as shown in cut 5. In these animals the lung for the first time gives the structure as it is found in mammals. There are many air-sacs which communicate with a common cavity, or atrium, all of which in turn communicate with a single terminal bronchus. A single lobule of the mammalian lung is simply enlarged to form the lung of the crocodile ; the lung of the former is only a conglomerate of that of the latter. Avian hmg. — ln many respects the bird's lung varies con

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siderably from that of the reptile or from that of the mammal. This difference seems to be so great that in the past it has been very difficult to compare them satisfactorily. As soon as the bronchus enters the lung it breaks up into a number of tubes, one of which is shown in Fig. 9. Each of these tubes rapidly breaks up into a number of pipes which lie in great part immediately below the surface of the lung and clasp it as tongs from all sides. These tubes are not real bronchi, because their structure is very different and because they do not end as do the terminal bronchi of mammals. In comparative anatomy they are known as canaliculi aeriferi, or air pipes. The pipes just below the surface of the lung anastomose freely, as shown in Fig. 9, and also send blind tubes into the interior of the lung, which meet but do not communicate with those from the opposite side. At points where two or more of the pipes unite there are large openings which communicate with the air-sacs or bags of the abdominal cavity, bones, etc. In order to avoid confusion, I shall speak of them as air-bags to differentiate them from the air-sacs of other lungs. The bags must be considered as an integral portion of the lung, for they are continuous with the air-pipes and are also developed directly from them.^

From each air-pipe, all along its course, the alveoli, or true lung structure, arise. ^ Now how shall this be brought into connection with the reptilian lung } It is very simple. The air-pipes are nothing more than the atria of the crocodile's lung, only that in the bird they are more turned upon one another and anastomose. From the air-pipes or atria, as I shall now call them, the air-sacs or proper lung substance arise. The whole is clear when cuts 5 and 6 are compared.

In the bird we have the important intermediate links between the reptile and the mammal (compare cuts 4, 5, 6, and 7). It is the first beginning of a branching bronchus. Up to the present we have had only a single terminal bronchus or a bronchus perforated along its sides. Up to the present we

1 Weldon, Proceedings of the Zool. Society, 1883. Butler, ibid, 1889. Mall, Journal of Morphology, Vol. 5.

2 F. E. Schultze, Strieker's Handbuch, 1871.

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have seen that the lung becomes more complex by a continuous formation of septa, and the process of buckling forms only a secondary role (Fig. 4). Now the budding begins to become more important and the septum-formation is secondary. This we must keep clearly in mind when we compare the development of the various lungs.

Mammalian lung. — In the study of the mammalian lung I have made use of specimens taken from the rat, rabbit, cat, dog, sheep and man ; not only during adult life but also during the growing period and in foetal life.

Mammalian lung.

Terminal bronchus of mammalian lung.

S, air-sac ; C, air-cell ; A , atrium ; B, terminal bronchus ; V, vestibule ; P, air-sac passage. Tlie artery is shaded, and the vein is in outline.

The last division of the bronchus, or terminal bronchus, before breaking up into the parenchyma of the lung, bears on its distal extremity a club-shaped expansion as shown in Fig. 1 1 . From this expansion arise a number of passages which widen out into secondary expansions, and from the latter other passages lead out which open into central cavities set about with small irregular cells (Figs. 19 to 25). A good idea of this arrangement may be obtained if we compare it to a Pompeian house. The passage leading off from the terminal

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bronchus is the " vestibulum " which opens into the "atrium." From this arises the "faux" or air-sac passage which leads into the "peristylum" or air-sac. This air-sac is set about with "cubicula" or air-cells. Cuts 7 and 8 fully elucidate these points.

From this description it will be seen that the air-sacs do not communicate directly with the terminal bronchus, as is usually described, but between each air-sac and terminal bronchus there is a cavity constant in all parts of the lung (Figs. 17, 18 and 19, pink color) which I have already termed the atrium.^ The communication between the atrium and bronchus I have called vestibulum ; that between the atrium and air-sac, air-sac passage, or, simply sac passage.

The terminal bronchus does not have a smooth cylindrical surface, but we find projecting from all portions small cells, the air-cells of the bronchus. The opening by which these cells communicate with the bronchus is surrounded by the smooth muscle fibres which line the bronchus. In sections of the lung we may recognize the terminal bronchi by their diameter, the thickness of their walls and the presence of smooth muscle fibres.

Leading out of the distal extremity of the terminal bronchus we find from three to six openings or vestibules. These are circular in outline, or nearly so ; and the smooth muscle fibres lining the bronchus surround them, forming a sort of sphincter muscle. They have an average diameter of 0.2 mm. These openings do not all take the same direction (Fig. 19); usually one of them appears as though it were a continuation of the bronchus, while the others open out at various angles or may take a course nearly recurrent to that of the bronchus, as shown in Fig. 18. In sections which lie in such a plane that we look directly into the vestibules, the presence of smooth muscle fibres about the openings make them seem to be small terminal bronchi. They may, however, be distinguished from a bronchus by their diameters.

That the smooth muscle fibers found about the vestibules do not extend from the bronchus into the atrium, is shown in

1 Miller, Anatom. Anz., 1892.


sections which are cut in such a plane that a vestibule is divided at right angles. In such sections we find the bundles of muscle fibers, cut transversely, lying on either side of the divided vestibule, but they do not in the least enter into the formation of the walls of the cavity of the atrium.

The air-sac passages connecting an atrium with its air-sacs are somewhat smaller than the vestibules, having an average diameter of 0.143 mm. (Fig. 21). In sections the air-sac passages can always be distinguished from the vestibules by the absence of smooth muscle fibres.

The air-sacs present a great diversity of forms; they are very irregular and adapt themselves to the space they have to occupy. As seen in sections of the lung, they vary in diameter from 0.313 mm. to 0.51 1 mm. In Fig. 21 a corrosion model of an atrium with a single air-sac attached is shown. The irregularity of form is well shown in Fig. 22, which is a single air-sac removed from its atrium ; it also shows a deep cleft nearly dividing it in half. The irregular contour of one air-sac fits into corresponding irregularities of the adjoining air-sacs. The walls of the air-sacs are quite thin and are made up of the capillary network of the blood-vessels, elastic tissue and reticulum. In sections lying parallel with, or perpendicular to, the pleura, the large irregular-shaped openings bounded by thin walls are the air-sacs. The small openings grouped about them are the air-cells.

The air-cells are about one fourth the size of the air-sacs; their walls are thin, and have the same structure as those of the air-sacs. There are three varieties of air-cells: those arising from the bronchus, those from the atrium, and those from the air-sac. Those arising from the air-sac are the more numerous, and are the most pronounced on its distal end. The air-cells arising from the atria and air-sacs have the same average diameter of 0.113 mm., while those air-cells which are found on the bronchus are smaller, having an average diameter of 0.047 JTim. It is not uncommon to find in sections made perpendicular to the pleura that the plane of the section is such that it divides longitudinally a vestibule opening into an atrium. In rare instances it may pass through the vestibule, atrium,

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sac-passage and air-sac. Usually it is quite difficult to determine the atria and air-sacs unless we have a complete series of sections to examine ; I have already mentioned several points of distinction, but for general purposes attention to the following points will aid one to decide. The bronchi may be recognized by their containing smooth muscle fibres and by their diameter. Lying in more or less of a circle about the bronchus may be seen three, four or five openings nearly circular in outline and separated from the bronchus by a number of smaller openings; the first are the atria and the second are air-cells. On the outside of the circle of atria may be seen large irregular openings, the air-sacs, and grouped around each air-sac a number of smaller openings, their air-cells.

The above description shows that the lung of mammals is constructed after the plan of that of the birds, reptiles and amphibia. In general it may be viewed as a conglomeration of crocodile's lungs. In crocodiles, as in birds, these atria (they are not bronchi) give rise to many air-sacs. In the crocodile there is but one terminal bronchus; in birds several; and in mammals there are many. In both crocodiles and birds each atrium gives rise to many air-sacs ; in mammals each atrium gives rise to but few air-sacs (see the various cuts). In reptiles the lung often shows a double structure ; one or more air-bags and many air-sacs and cells. In birds this same combination is retained, only there are a great many air-bags extending far beyond the thorax, and in addition there is a communication of the atria with one another. In mammals the specialization is only single, i.e. atria with their air-sacs, but no air-bags.

From time to time it has been asserted that there is communication between the air-cells of adjoining lobules. This question I have already discussed in other papers. I think it sufficient to state that in careful reconstructions it is impossible to find any communication, and my corrosion preparations suggest the same. Moreover, it is impossible to inject a fluid from one bronchiole to a neighboring bronchus, which certainly could be done easily were there any communication between the air


cells. As far as I have studied the subject, there is no secondary communication between adjacent air passages in anyanimal, excepting the bird.

The Blood-Vessels.

Besides the pulmonary artery and vein, we have to consider the bronchial vessels. I shall not consider the grosser vessels, for they have been described so often and can be demonstrated so easily by means of corrosion. The pulmonary artery follows the bronchus throughout its entire length, and when it reaches the last forked division of the bronchus it penetrates the lobule until it reaches a point beyond the terminal bronchus. Fig. 1 3 shows the relation of the artery to the bronchus just before the lobule is reached, while Fig. 15 includes also the vein. In all sections of the lung the bronchus and artery are side by side, while the vein is at all times as far away as possible from them.

After the terminal bronchus is passed, the artery divides quite abruptly into as many branches as there are atria, as shown in Fig. 25. From the atrial arteries the terminal arteries arise and supply the air-sacs. It is extremely difficult to demonstrate the real relation from the figures, as the relation is at once obscured by the many air-sacs. Cut 8, however, is an exact diagram from the corrosion specimen, reduced to a single plane. Each air-sac receives a single artery on its central side, i.e. the side over the center of the lobule, which at once breaks up into a rich capillary network, as shown in Fig. 16.

We have already seen that there are three kinds of air-cells, those arising from the terminal bronchus, those from the atria, and those from the air-sacs. Corresponding with this subdivision we also have three kinds of terminal arteries; those for the air-sacs, those for the atria and those for the air-cells arising from the terminal bronchus. This arrangement is of course what would be expected, for no doubt all the above subdivisions function alike and all must have an equal arterial supply. It does not seem as if any portion of the lobule is especially favored, because the small branches to the atria are smaller

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than those to the air-sacs, and those to the air-cells of the terminal bronchus are smaller than those to the atria. None of the arteries seem to pass directly to the surface of the pleura, and it is very seldom that an artery passes to the periphery of the lobule. A cast of the terminal artery with all of its branches is given in Fig. 14. It was made by injecting with celloidin and then digesting the tissues in artificial gastric juice. The lobular artery, Z, breaks up into the atrial arteries. A, which in turn give rise to the branches of the airsac, A. S.

On reaching the air-sac the artery breaks up into small radicals which pass to the central side of the sac in the sulci between the air-cells, and are finally lost in the rich system of capillaries to which they give rise (Fig. 16). This net-work surrounds the whole air-sac and communicates very freely with that of the surrounding sacs. When two sacs adjoin each other a common net-work supplies both. In fact this is the rule throughout the lung. Not only are the air-sacs covered with this rich net-work of capillaries, but they also cover the atria and also those air-cells which arise directly from the terminal bronchus. The diameter of the capillaries is about 7/A, being slightly larger just beneath the pleura, and somewhat smaller deeper in the lung. In length they are slightly larger than their diameter, and the meshes of the net-work exceed, to a slight extent, the diameter of the vessels. After the network has extended over the whole air-sac or atrium to the peripheral side of the air-sac they begin to form larger vessels which are the beginnings of the veins.

The vein radicels collect the blood from the air-sacs rather than from the air-cells. They do, however, lie upon the cells ©f a sac rather than in the sulci between them. These radicels soon flow together, as shown in Fig. 16, and unite to form the air-sac vein. The veins lying on the peripheral side of the air-sac naturally lie between the lobules, and of course collect blood from the sacs of three distinct lobules. Were it not for the fact that the artery and bronchus lie in the center of the lobule and that there is more connective tissue between the lobules, it would be as easy to consider the vein in the center


and the artery on the periphery. This same statement may be applied to the liver. The veins keep on the periphery of the lobule (Figs. 17, 18 and 19), except in a few instances, when they send branches between the air-sacs to collect the blood from the terminal bronchus and the capillaries of the atria. All the larger veins run in the interlobular spaces, and are situated as far from the bronchus and artery as possible.

Considering the termination of the air passages and the arteries and veins, we have as histological unit of the lung, the air-sac. In all cases it has one artery and one vein which represent the termination of each system. The artery is on the central side of the sac, the vein on the peripheral, and between the two a rich capillary net-work, thus giving an arterial and a venous side to each air-sac.

Bronchial artery. — The distribution and termination of this vessel has caused much discussion on account of the difficulty in isolating it from the surrounding vessels. The coarser vessels are best separated by injecting them with gelatine in which there is suspended ultramarine blue. The granules do not pass into the capillaries. If, however, the capillaries which arise from this artery are to be injected, it is best to use Prussian-blue gelatine in which there are suspended granules of cinnabar. The blue passes through the capillaries and the cinnabar lodges in them, thus marking very definitely the direct path of the vessels.

The bronchial artery is distributed to the bronchus throughout its entire length, the walls of the blood and lymph vessels, and their connective tissue sheaths. There are two or more bronchial arteries for each bronchus and at no point do they anastomose with the pulmonary artery. Free injections into the bronchial arteries always flow into the pulmonary veins, and at no time into the pulmonary arteries unless the former are clamped when the backward pressure forces the fluid through the capillary into the pulmonary artery. The bronchial artery breaks up into capillaries which communicate quite freely with the pulmonary capillaries, but in general form quite large but short veins, which empty directly into the pulmonary veins. These small bronchial veins extend throughout the



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length of the bronchus into the lobule. At this last point, the terminal bronchus, two small veins arise which are formed by the capillaries arising from the bronchial artery. These are on the opposite sides of the terminal bronchus and receive in addition a few small branches from the capillaries of the neighboring air-sacs, and in this way a short but quite large vein is formed which empties itself into the nearest pulmonary vein.


In surveying the whole lung it was necessary to make many measurements and counts of the different parts in order to gain a clear idea of the ultimate histological unit. The measurements are all taken from dogs of about the same size, each weighing about seven kilograms, millimeters.

The measurements are in

Air Passages.



Area of Section.



16. millimeters

201 sq. mm.

R. and L. Bronchi




Lobar Bronchi .



272 "

1st Order "




2nd " "



766 « 

3rd « "


1. 12 "

1,000 "

Lobular "



2,000 "

Atria ....


.285 « 


Air-Sacs . . .


.412 "

25.536 "

Air-Cells of Bronchi


.047 « 


" " Atria .


.113 « 

3,200 "

" " Air-Sac


.113 "

17,280 "

Total of Air Cells


21,024 "


Blood- Vessels.




Area of Section.

Pulmonary Artery . . .


15.5 millimeters

181 sq. mm.

R, and L. Branches




Lobar Arteries . .




1st Order "




2nd " "


2.26 "


3rd « « 


I. "


Lobular "



1,120 "

Atrial "


.165 "


Sac "


.165 "




.007 "

23,000 "

Sac Veins . .




Atrial Veins .




Lobular Veins



2,000 "

3rd Order "


1.22 "

1,194 "

2nd " "



765 "

I St « « 


4.18 "


Lobar « 


6.12 "


Venous Trunks



756 "

University of Wisconsin, January, 1893.

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Fig. I. Lung of Necturus lateralis, inflated and dried. Natural size. The left lung is cut open ; the right is in outline. The blood-vessels were injected, and the relation between the artery and vein is well shown.

Fig. 2. Lung of Rana sylvatica. Medium sized animal, prepared as Fig. i. One half of the left lung is represented. The honey-combed appearance is well


Fig. 3. Lung of Bascanion constrictor. Natural size ; the posterior six centimeters are not shown. Note the smooth surface of the posterior portion ; the gradual thickening of the wall in anterior portion, due to the gradual deepening of

the air-sacs.

Fig. 4. A portion of Fig. 3- X 5 times. The appearance of the air-sacs as one

looks into them, is clearly shown.

Fig. 5. Lung of Heloderma suspectum. Natural size. The position of the bronchus as continued in the interior of the lung is indicated by the red markings.

Fig. 6. Lung of Graptemys lesneuri. Natural size. The course of the bronchus within the lung is indicated by the blue thread. Note the simpler character of the posterior sac.

Fig. 7. Lung of Crocodilia ; 87 cm. long. Natural size. A little below the center the breaking up of the bronchus into atria is shown. The two arrows at the upper part of the figure pass through air-sac passages and indicate the communication of two air-sacs with the elongated atrium. The finer openings are aircells.

Fig. 8. A transverse section through the opposite lung of the same specimen as shown in Fig. 7. The plane of the section is through the terminal bronchus ; the vestibules and a few of the atria are shown ; also the air-sacs and air-cells.

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Fig. 9. Corrosion specimen of the lung of the domestic fowl.

Fig. 10. Free hand model of the tip of the bronchus of the lower lobe of a foetal cat just before birth. X 18 times.

Fig. II. Wax corrosion of three terminal bronchi. The upper one shows the club shaped expansion ; the two lateral show the atria injected. X 6 times.

Fig. 12. Wood's metal corrosion of dog's lung. Shows terminal bronchi, atria and air-sacs. X 10 times.

Fig. 13. Celloidin corrosion of the artery and bronchus of a dog's lung. A. Artery ; B. Bronchus. X 10 times.

Fig. 14. Celloidin corrosion of artery of dog's lung. L. Lobular artery ; A} A.^ A.^ A.* the branches within the lobule corresponding to the atria ; A. S. branches to air-sac. X 10 times.

Fig. 15. Triple injection with celloidin, digested in pepsin solution. The injection of the bronchus is not quite complete. A. Artery ; B. Bronchus ; V. Vein. X 10 times.

Fig. 16. Reconstruction from sections of an air-sac and its blood vessels. X 50 times. A. Artery ; V. Vein ; X cut surface from which another air-sac has been removed.

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Fig. 17. Reconstruction from sections of a lung lobule. X 50 times. The model is divided through its centre, and is viewed towards the pleura. The tip of the terminal bronchus is the colored yellow ; the atria are colored pink ; the airsacs and air-cells are dark. The upper arrow indicates an air-sac passage leading from an atrium into an air-sac. The lower arrow passes through a vestibule into an atrium and its point may be seen in an air-sac.

Fig. 18. Reconstruction from sections of the lobule of the lung. X 50 times. Fig. 17 and 18 are the two halves of the same model which has been cut in half and its two cut surfaces exposed. The letters a and a, and h and b show how the two figures can be placed over each other. The lobule is divided in the centre and is the view towards the deeper portion of the lung. The colors indicate the same as in Fig. 17. The dotted line separates two lobules from each other, and just beneath it is the point where the bronchus bifurcates into the two terminal bronchi.

Fig. 19. The same as figure 17, showing only the terminal bronchus and the four vestibules which arise from it. Yellow, termmal bronchus ; pmk, atria. X t^t, times.

Fig. 20. A portion of figure 17, in which only those air-sacs and air-cells just below the pleura are shown. X 33 times.

Fig. 21. A reconstruction corrosion of an atrium with a smgle air-sac attached. X 50 times. V. vestibule ; A. atrium ; P. cut air-sac passage ; .5". air-sac. A cast of an air-sac. X 50 times.

Fig. 22. A cast of an air-sac. X 50 times. The figure shows the irregular form of the air-sacs ; also a deep cleft nearly dividing it in half. This form is quite common. P. air-sac passage ; S. air-sac.

Fig. 23. Reconstruction corrosion of the lobule of the lung. X 33 times. At X a divided vestibule is seen. An atrium and its air-sacs have been removed. A. artery ; V. vein.

Fig. 24. The atrium and its air-sacs which were removed from Fig. 23. X 33 times. X the divided vestibule.

Fig. 25. Reconstruction corrosion of the lobule of the lung. X 50 times. All the air-sacs of one side removed. B. terminal bronchus ; A} A? A? atria ; P. airsac passages ; S. air-sac (the same as in Fig, 21) ; Ay, artery ; V. vein.

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Notwithstanding the searching observations made during the past score of years, but little has been found which would essentially modify the statements of the pioneer embryologists : that the eyes first appear as a pair of diverticula budding out from the sides of the anterior cerebral vesicle.

It should not be said, however, that we are wholly without observations pointing toward an earlier differentiation. Bischoff, Kolliker, His, Van Beneden and others have noted that in mammals the optic vesicles appear extremely early. Heape^ finds in an early stage of the Mole, where the neural folds are closed along the center of the embryo, that " at the anterior end the floor of the neural groove, on either side, is swollen, and on the outer and anterior edge of the two masses a deep narrow groove indicates the commencement of the formation of the optic organs." Keibel ^ describes a like condition in the embryo of the guinea-pig. This apparently precocious development of the eyes in mammalia, showing no differentiation beyond the fact that depressions are present, is probably due to the retarded closure of the cephalic portion of the neural groove, and can scarcely be considered as a fact of phylogenetic significance. Whitman ^ discovered that in Necturus there is a very early appearance of the eye, " its basis being discernible as a circular area — after treatment with osmic acid, followed by Merkel's fluid — long before the closure of the neural folds of the brain."

Through the kindness of Professor Whitman I have been able to study the development of the eyes in Necturus, and

1 Quart. Journ. Micr. ScL, 18S3, p. 106.

2 Arch. f. Anat. u. Physiol., 1889, p. 372.

3 Journal of Morphology, 1S89, p. 593.




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find that at a stage (Fig. I) corresponding closely to that described, there is considerable differentiation, in that mitoses are more numerous in these regions, as well as a marked migration of the nuclei toward the periphery. This is the earliest indication I have been able to make out satisfactorily. In a few cases paired depressions have been found in earlier stages, even before the neural ridges have become prominent; but sections through these depressions show nothing in the way of histological differentiation, and one might justly consider them as nothing more than artifacts. A like condition occurs in Amblystoma, yet the cases are by far too rare to be of any special significance.

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The only thing which would dispel all doubt as to the meaning of these areas would be to find some form in which they are so well marked that they may be traced through the phases of involution of the neural plate to the future optic vesicles; this condition is perfectly fulfilled by Rana palustris (.) a form hitherto unstudied. For an abundant supply of material I am indebted to Dr. William M. Wheeler.

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line and just within the cephalic fold, paired depressions {a) which are sharply contrasted with the surrounding parts by a much deeper pigmentation. A transverse section through these areas shows the condition represented in Fig. III. The hypoblast (//) is a single layer forming the roof of the mesenteron; in the median line a fold represents the anterior end of the chorda. The mesoblast im) consists of a single layer of irregular scattered cells, which pass insensibly into the axial region, where all three layers are fused. The deeper layer of the epiblast has become much thickened, resulting in the formation of the broad epiblastic plates, which are united by the thinner median portion. In Amblystoma and Necturus

Fig. III. Transverse section through optic pits. h. hypoblast. 7n, mesoblast, e, epiblast.

the superficial layer of the epiblast cannot be distinguished beyond the region of the neural ridge, while in Rana the two are very distinct, as shown in the figure, and it is in this layer that the optic pits are formed. In addition to the fact that these areas are sharply defined by the presence of pigment, to which more or less importance may be attached, they are further remarkable in that the elongation of the cells and the position of the nuclei are indicative of a considerable degree of histological differentiation. Between these areas the cells are undifferentiated, and resemble those of the superficial epiblast in other parts of the embryo. Sections posterior show the cells of this layer to be likewise uniform.


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Fi"". IV represents a section through a later stage when the folds are still widely separated. There is but little change in the histological character of the cells, except that their boundaries are less distinct.

Owing to division and loss of yolk, the cells of the embryo have gradually become smaller and more compact. The originally broad space enclosed between the neural folds has undergone a constant reduction in size, a rapid closing-in of the anterior portion has taken place, so that along the entire length of the embryo the folds are approximated. A section at this stage shows the condition represented in Fig. V. The canal is elliptical owing to the slight evagination of the optic areas which are the forerunners of the optic vesicles. Their

Fig. IV. Transverse section through optic pits.

bilaterality is indicated only by the distribution of the pigment and one might justly consider them as derived from a common' anlage. A marked migration of the pigment has taken place: instead of being located at the ends of the cells as in the earlier stages, it is found between them and nearer the periphery. The nuclei have likewise undergone a further migration toward the surface, so that the cells of the superficial layer have completely lost their identity.

It is of interest to note that in Petromyzon at a stage corresponding closely to the one above described, Kupffer* has observed that an unpaired basis for the eyes is present, as the

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following quotation shows: "In der Mittelebene zeigt sich gar kein Merkzeichen, welches auf Duplicitat der Anlage deutete, dieselbe ist vielmehr zunachst eine unpaarige. . . . Die spater paarige Erscheinung des Organs wird nur darin angedeutet, dass in den lateralen Regionen der Erweiterung beiderseits Mitosen auftreten, die am Boden fehlen."

During the later stages of development the walls of the vesicles become thinner so that just before they invaginate

Fig. V. Transverse section through optic vesicles.

to form the optic cups they consist of but a single layer of elongated cells with their nuclei located in their peripheral ends. A continued dispersion and migration of the pigment has also taken place, and is now more abundant in the stalk than in the portion which will later form the optic cup,

A more extended and detailed account, together with a discussion of the theoretical bearing of these facts, is reserved for a later paper.

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Introduction ^9^

The Mesoderm and its Derivatives 196


Comparisons 200

Nephridia 203

Comparisons 206

Muscles 208

Entosternite 209

Organs of Circulation 209

Comparisons 212

The Alimentary Canal 214

Mesenteron 214

Stomod^um 217


Comparisons 219

The Nervous System 222

The Respiratory Organs 222

Comparisons 225

The Relationships of Limulus 227

The Classification of the Arthropoda 247

Bibliography 255

Explanation of Plates 260


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The preceding portion of this paper (this Journal, Vol. VII, p. 33) dealt with the habits, ovigenesis, the origin of the germ layers, and the development of the external form of Livmlus polyphcmus, together with some more general questions connected with the matters under discussion. In the present part the development of some of the organs is followed out, and in conclusion I have considered the bearings of the facts upon the systematic affinities of the Xiphosura and upon the classification of the Arthropods.

I would, before beginning, call attention to the fact that, disregarding the neuromeres, I have numbered the somites and the appendages, beginning with the first appendage. This may account for some apparent discrepancies later, and it also brings my article into harmony with those of other writers. At present we are in a transition condition, and no other course seems advisable. The matter of the neuromeres will be discussed in its proper place.

The Mesoderm and its Derivatives.

As previously described the mesoderm arises by cell proliferation from a median longitudinal line on what will eventually form the ventral surface of the embryo. For this line of mesodermal formation the name primitive streak, borrowed from vertebrate embryology, seems especially appropriate. From this streak {cf. Figs. 42, 43) the middle layer grows outward on either side between ectoderm and entoderm (yolk), the process of differentiation beginning in front and gradually extending backwards, where the process continues for sometime after it has ceased anteriorly and after the coelomic pouches have formed in the first somites of the body. This fact gives confirmation of the correctness of interpretation of anterior and posterior in the earliest embryos {vide '92, p. 47), a point upon which absolute certainty was impossible, since the features there described only become visible upon the employment of methods which coagulate the albumen and consequently kill the egg.


At first the mesoderm forms a continuous sheet across the ^gZ, but one or two cells in thickness, and united to the ectoderm in the line of the primitive streak (Figs. 42, 43) ; and frequently there is also apparently a marginal connection between the two layers, the line of junction being indicated by a groove 1 (Figs. 42, 44). This line of union is apparently secondary, and I interpret it as a precocious differentiation of dorsal and ventral surfaces. I have seen no evidence of an augmentation of mesoderm by cell proliferation in this region.

With the appearance of metamerism the connection between mesoderm and ectoderm is lost, except in the stomodasal region (Fig. 43) and in the abdominal portion of the embryo where new cells continue to be added to the mesoderm for some little time. At first, after the separation of the two layers (Fig. 44), the mesoderm extends as an unbroken sheet, one or two cells in thickness, across the germinal area, the ectoderm outside this area losing its columnar character and becoming more flattened. As yet there is no appearance of coelomic cavities.

So far as my observations show metamerism obtains its first expression in the ectoderm. Thus Fig. 40 represents a longitudinal section to one side of the median line (where the coelom first appears) of an embryo, which in surface view showed differentiated cephalic and caudal areas, separated by a single somite. The boundaries of these regions are recognizable in the ectoderm of the section marked by arrows, while the mesoderm shows no corresponding metamerism.

CcELOM. — Owing to difficulties of manipulation I have not been able to correlate surface views and sections, and so cannot say exactly how many somites are outlined when the coelom first appears. It is, however, preceded by a splitting of the mesodermal sheet into right and left halves,^ a condition which is maintained {cf. Fig. 48) until after the appearance of the hmbs. By this splitting are produced two mesodermal bands, the inner margins of which are undulating. As shown

1 This has already been noticed and figured by Patten ('90, p. 375) who suggests a comparison with similar appearances in vertebrates.

2 Except in oral and caudal regions.


by Fig. 45, which is a sagittal section through an embryo with seven differentiated somites, the mesoderm extends farther toward the middle line in a segmental than in an intersegmental area. Had the section passed further from the middle line the mesoderm would have formed a continuous sheet from head to caudal region.

The ccelom arises (Fig. 43) by a splitting of the lateral halves of the mesoderm, a pair of cavities being thus formed for each somite. These coelomic cavities long remain distinct from each other, and the dissepimental walls persist until a later stage of development. The later history of the coelom is, however, very difficult to follow on account of the subsequent appearance of numerous lacunae in the mesoderm, which, so far as my observations go, have no connection with the primitive cavities which I would homologize with the coelom of other forms. The coelomic pouches appear in the six thoracic segments before they do in those of the abdomen (Fig. 46). An especially interesting fact is that there is no preoral coelomic pouch, but the cavities of the first postoral somite send prolongations (Fig. 47) into the region in front of the mouth.

The walls of the coelom differ in thickness. The somatoplure is usually several cells thick, while the splanchnoplure is only one cell in thickness and rapidly takes the form of a thin layer of pavement epithelium closely applied to the underlying yolk. A partial exception to this general statement occurs in the abdominal region where (Fig. 49) the somatoplure at first may also be a single cell thick. With the appearance of the limbs, as I pointed out in my earlier paper ('85, p. 532), the coelom extends into these members, but it is soon excluded by the rapid growth of mesoderm in their interior. Of the fates of the coelomic pouches I cannot speak with absolute certainty. The following is what appears to me the probable history. In all of the thoracic segments a portion (if not all) of the coelom is gradually carried, with the advancing mesoderm, from the ventral on to the dorsal surface of the embryo. That a portion is thus carried is certain ; but the rapid formation of lacunar spaces in the somatoplure renders


it impossible to say whether a portion is left in the ventral region of each segment. That a portion does so persist in the fifth segment will appear later.

Until after the splitting of the chorion only eight pairs of schizocoelia are produced, there being a pair for each^ (Fig. 46) cephalothoracic and for the two anterior abdominal somites. At first these cavities are flat, and broader than long ; the first pair, however, rapidly elongates and sends a diverticulum forward beneath the brain on either side of the oesophagus, into the preoral region. At first all of the cavities are distinct, and their walls epithelial in character, but soon it becomes difficult to follow their fate with certainty since a secondary splitting of the mesoderm soon produces a large number of anastomosing lacunar cavities {e.g. Figs. 53 bs., 59 lac, etc.) connected later with the vascular system and developing into the so-called "body-cavity" of the Arthropod, the existence of which much confuses the sections.

With the growth at first laterally, then dorsally and medially, of the two halves of the mesoderm, a portion (if not all) of the ccelom in somites II, III, IV, VI and VII, and a part of that in somite V, is carried towards the dorsal median line of the embryo, where, in the latest stages I have studied, the cavities, now run together, persist as a longitudinal tube (Figs. 63-67) beneath the pericardial sinus, on either side of the heart and its anterior arterial prolongation. Posteriorly this paired cavity does not at any time extend further back than somite VIII or IX. Whether in any of the somites all of the coelom is thus carried to the dorsal surface I am unable to say, while I have not followed the fate of the coelom of somite I. According to Kishinouye the anterior coelomic pouches are pushed inward with the advancing stomodaeum, and hence give rise to the splanchnoplure of the oesophagus and proventriculus. In somites I-IV, and also in somite VI, I am unable to recognize any ventral cavity as distinctively coelom much later than the time when motion is seen in the appendages. In the posterior abdominal somites the coelom persists

1 According to Kishinouye there is no coelom in somites II, III, IV of the Japanese Limulus.

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on the ventral side until a later date, and is then apparently obliterated by a flattening of the cavities and a growing together of their walls. In the fifth somite, however, I can speak with more confidence, — for here the coelomic cavities divide into two moieties, a dorsal and a ventral, and the latter remains upon the ventral surface and gives rise, in a way soon to be described, to the nephridia.

Concerning the fate of the dorsal portion of the coelom I am uncertain. It persists, as has been said, as a perfectly distinct cavity with epithelial walls on either side of the central circulatory organ in the latest stages which I have studied. From its position and from its posterior termination I am inclined to think that this portion of the coelomic epithelium is finally converted into the reproductive organs. In young Limuli an inch and a half in length I have found no traces of the cavity except as it might be represented in the gonads. I regret also that I have not been successful in tracing the history of the reproductive ducts. There are, however, so many lacunae developed in the genital somite that I have not been able to follow the fate of the lower portion of the coelom in that somite.

From this point the subsequent history of the mesoderm is best followed under the headings of the different organs, but before taking them up it is well to consider the facts already described.

Comparisons . — The only previous papers ^ dealing with the mesoderm of Limulus are those by Patten ('90), Kishinouye ('91, '92) and myself ('85), and Patten's remarks are only incidental to the discussion of an entirely different question. According to him there is a short slit-like invagination at the posterior end of the embryo, and from the walls of this inpushing much of the entoderm and mesoderm is produced, essentially as described above for mesoderm alone. Again

1 Possibly an exception should be made made in favor of Dr. Packard's last paper, where ('85, p. 269) a few statements are made concerning this layer. He recognizes (Fig. 3) two coelomic pouches in the region in front of the first pair of appendages; but his figures clearly show that he has not seen the true coelom; the cavities described being either lacunar or artifacts. The coelom does not exist in the plane of his section in the stage he has studied.


Patten describes an immigration of ectoderm cells from different portions of the germinal area ; and lastly, the middle layer receives further accessions from the marginal groove already referred to above. The cells of this marginal area are described as containing an extremely long, coiled, brilliantly refractile filament ; and some of these cells become elongated to form the dorsal muscles, the filament forming the longitudinal striation.

I have not seen, either in surface views or in sections, the slit-like invaginations described by Professor Patten ; I have seen no additions to the mesoderm from various points of the blastoderm, outside of the limits of the primitive streak ; I have not seen any cells, much less great masses of them, separate from the primitive streak and wander into and become scattered through the yolk ; and I have yet to see the peculiar origin of the dorsal muscle-cells which he describes. He figures (p. 374 Fig. i8 D, pstr^ a cylindrical rod of invaginative tissue, an appearance lacking in my sections, and refers to masses of entoderm cells at the inner end of the oesophagus which are quickly absorbed and which I am confident do not exist.

Kishinouye ('92) has the mesoderm in Lhfuiliis longispina arising from three sources : — from the cells forming the lower part of the blastoderm thickening ; from the primitive streak ; and from the yolk cells. The first portion forms the mesoderm of the cephalothorax ; the second the mesoderm of the abdomen ; the last probably the blood corpuscles. I must be permitted to express my scepticism upon this account of the origin and fate of the different portions of the middle layer. In the subsequent history however we are in close accord and only the points of difference need be noted. The order of the appearance of the mesoderm somites is the same and in them the coelom appears as schizocoelia. According to Kishinouye no coelomic cavities appear in somites II, III, or IV, and in the others they do not extend into the appendages. In both points the Atlantic Limulus differs ; cavities occurring in every postoral somite (Fig. 46) and at first extending into the limbs. In both species the coelom (or at least a part of each


cavity) migrates to the dorsal surface where it comes to lie at either side of the central circulatory organ. Kishinouye says it disappears before hatching. I do not find that it does so but find it persisting {cf. Fig. 87) after the assumption of the adult characters, for a portion of the length of the body. My belief that it gives rise to the gonads was referred to above.

Our knowledge of mesoderm formation in the Arachnida is deficient, but as far as it goes it agrees well with that of Limulus. Thus all accounts agree in the following : The mesoderm arises by a proliferation from a median ventral primitive streak, the proliferation continuing later in the posterior region than in front ; next the mesoderm (+ entoderm in Euscorpius) separates from the ectoderm and forms at first a broad sheet across the ventral surface of the embryo ; and, next, this sheet becomes divided into right and left bands connected behind ; and into distinct somites in either half of the body. Later in each half of each somite a coelomic cavity is formed by splitting and these cavities extend temporarily into the corresponding cephalothoracic appendages. This will apply equally well to Limulus, but farther, differences in details are to be noted. Thus Balfour ('80, p. 174, PI. XX, Fig. 13) describes cells from the yolk migrating into and adding to the mesoderm, while in Euscorpius (Laurie "90) the mes-entoderm is first differentiated from the ectoderm and then later it is divided into mesoderm and entoderm. From what we now know of Arachnid development I think it safe to regard the view of Balfour that the mesoderm was increased by migrations from the yolk as erroneous, certainly his figure ('80, PI. XX, Fig. 13) does not require such interpretation, while the differences in scorpions is readily understood in connection with the peculiar features of the formation of the entoderm already discussed (Part I, p. 53 ff.)

Both Laurie (Scorpion) and Balfour (Agalaena) describe a prestomial coelom but without stating whether it actually belongs to the prestomial area or migrates to that region as in Limulus. Kowalevsky and Schulgin, on the other hand ("86) describe in the scorpion a preoral somite with a distinct cavity. Laurie has also studied the genital duct which according to him develops from the coelom of somite VIL Owing, however,


to its late appearance he is not certain as to its nephridial nature.

Nephridia (so-called Coxal Glands). — As has been described above, a portion of the ccelom of the iifth somite remains upon the ventral side of that somite, while the other coelomic cavities are migrating toward the dorsal surface (Fig. 52). For a considerable time this cavity shows no changes worthy of remark, and first in about Stage G, (Fig. 32) is any modification noticeable. The cavity now begins to elongate and to become bent upon itself Hke the letter U, the rounded portion being directed anteriorly. The U now grows in length and, the posterior end being fixed, soon extends into somite IV. With this change in shape a differentiation in the epithelial cells becomes noticeable, most of them becoming cubical or columnar, while those upon the inner side of the inner end of the U retain their pavement character.

These changes, just before Stage H, produce the following results (Figs. 56-59): The coelom (of somite V) is now divided into two portions, (i) a true coelomic portion (the "end sac" of authors, Fig. 58 nst) bounded by pavement epithelium on its inner side, and passing directly into the nephrostomial portion with columnar cells ; and (2) the nephridial duct which passes forward (Fig. 57), as the proximal limb of the organ, to the loop (Fig. 56) and then backward, as the other limb (Figs. 57, 58, 59 nd), to the posterior limits of somite V. As yet it has no connection with the exterior, but in the last section (Fig. 59) can be seen an inpushing of ectoderm {no), which is to form its external aperture. In the various sections in the neighborhood of the coxal gland at this stage may be seen numerous lacunae {lac) in the mesoderm, which is rapidly assuming the trabecular condition characteristic of the later stages. I have never been able to certainly trace any connection between these lacunas and the coelomic cavity and am strongly of the opinion that none exists.

In Stage H (Fig. ^\ a-i ; Fig. 55, reconstruction) the same conditions are seen, except that the duct now opens to the exterior. We have here the end sac {c 5) which passes directly into the nephrostome without any sharp line of demarcation



(except that of change in the character of the cells) and this in turn into the two limbs of the duct. In this series of sections a peculiarity is seen, which in most cases does not make an appearance until a much later stage, viz. the formation of trabeculse of mesodermal tissue which invade the cavity, and passing from wall to wall of the proximal portion of the organ tend to subdivide it and give it an anastomosing character.

The changes which have occurred up to the Stage I are represented in the horizontal sections (Figs. 6i a-c) and the sagittal section (Fig. 62). Figs. 61 / and g are reconstructions by projection of the whole series of which a few sections are represented in 61 a-e. The tube has now become more elongate, extending in front nearly to the anterior limits of somite IV, while the two limbs are relatively much more closely applied to each other than before. With this growth the regions are much more differentiated. The end sac (Fig. 6\ d) is separated from the, now numerous, lacunae of the mesoderm by a layer of pavement epithelium which in my series nowhere shows a break.^ This coelomic sac passes directly, as before, into the nephrostome {nst) and this again into the duct, which shows no change, except increase in length, until in the distal limb, when about at the level of the end sac it becomes enlarged into an excretory vesicle or bladder, ev. (Figs. 60 and 61 f, g).

Later than Stage I, I have comparatively few notes which add to the information contained in my earlier paper ('85) and in the simultaneous one by Mr. Gulland ('85). One reconstruction, however, demands attention ; that represented in Fig. 62. This is the nephridium in Stage K just before the molt in which the telson appears in the adult form. One error however is noticeable in it ; the lateral amplification is too great and consequently the diameter of the tubes and the extent of the outgrowths are exaggerated. In this the same parts are recognizable as before but they have undergone some modifications. Thus in the region of the end sac a fenestration is

1 In my earlier paper I was in doubt upon this point and thought that possibly {'85, p. 535) I had found such an opening, which led to the reconstruction of the tube with an internal funnel. Still I was not positive. I now feel confident that the opening of that paper was an artifact.


observable, the beginning of the anastomosing condition of the adult {cf. Fig. 55); while the proximal (internal) limb is thrown into a series of four, outwardly directed diverticula which are segmentally arranged and which occupy somites two to five. The external (distal) limb shows fewer modifications, the chief being that the excretory vescicle is relatively smaller than before ; the external opening still persists and I have not found out when it closes. This figure corresponds quite closely to Gulland's ('85) Fig. 3, except that in his reconstruction the outgrowths from the proximal limb are represented as taking a sagittal direction and the anastomosing character of the inner end is carried still farther, a condition doubtless due to the older stage with which he worked.

Although I have not followed it out the appearance at this stage gives countenance to the view that the whole organ of the adult is derived from the coelom of somite V and that the apparently metameric lobes figured by Packard ('80, PI. Ill, Fig. 7, copied by Lankester '84 p. 153 Fig. 3) are not the remnants of the nephridia of the corresponding somites but are rather the derivatives of the diverticula shown in my reconstruction. Besides an increase in the size of the lobes all that is necessary to convert my reconstruction into the "coxal gland" of the adult are closure of the external openino-, more or less complete fusion of the two limbs of the duct, accompanied by an increase in the anastomoses, the result beino- to convert coelom and duct into the spongy tissue of the adult, the whole organ being a series of anastomosing tubes, the "caeca" of Lankester. This view of the morphology of the organ receives confirmation from the fact that I have seen no fusion of coelomic spaces two to five while Kishinouye, as already stated, finds no coelom at all, in the anterior somites which are later invaded by the coxal gland.

A word as to the external opening of the nephridium. Gulland ('85, p. 5 1 3) states that it is " at the base of the coxa of the fifth limb on the side next the fourth appendage and on the dorsal surface." I find upon repeated examination that it is rather upon the posterior side of the coxa of the fifth pair of leo-s, as I stated it in my earlier paper ('85).

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Comparisons. — The foregoing account differs in some points from that which I gave in 1885. I then failed to recognize the genetic connection between the nephridium and the coelom and also failed to recognize the closed condition of these organs. The history of our knowledge of the nephridia in Limulus can be briefly summarized.

These organs were first noticed by Packard ('75^) who from their histology and by exclusion, concluded that they were renal in function and homologous with the green gland of Crustacea. Five years later ('80) he redescribed and figured their adult structure and suggested a comparison in their position with the shell gland of the Entomostraca. Lankester in 1882 described these organs and compared them with the coxal glands of the scorpion and later ('84) gave the histology with some detail. In both papers he was inclined to compare them with the green gland of the Crustacea but still admitted the possibility or even probability of their being ectodermal or entodermal with a frame work of " skeletotrophic tissue." In the next year Gulland ('85) described the organ in young specimens while Kingsley at the same time gave an account of the early history of the organ, comparing it exactly with the shell dand of the Entomostraca and claimed that it and the o-enital ducts of both Crustacea and Arachnida should be regarded as Nephridia. In 1890 Kingsley stated that the coxal gland of Limulus was derived from the coelom of somite V, that it terminated caecally and gave in outline the above account of the origin of the segmentally arranged lobes. Kishinouye ('91^) stated that in Linndus longispmus the coxal gland is formed from the ventral part of the coelom of somite V and later ('91^) describes the method more at length. His account agrees well with the foregoing excepting that the outgrowths of the metameric lobes occur at an earlier stage and the end sac (his "funnel") is in the mesoblastic dissepiment between the fifth and sixth appendage bearing segments.

All others who have had occasion to refer to the nephridia of Limulus have used the material included in the papers enumerated above. This is true of Eisig ('88) Loman ('88) and Sturanay ('9i).


Of the coxal glands of the Arachnids we know considerable concerning the adult structure and little about the development. They have been found in Scorpions, Phalangids, Solpugids, Acarina and Araneina. They occur in either somite III or V or they may co-exist in the same individual in two somites at the same time. Usually the external duct becomes closed, as in Limulus, at an early date but in Phalangids (Loman '88) it remains open through life.

Laurie ('90) describes the development of the coxal gland in Etiscorpiiis italiais. In the youngest stage studied it is a simple straight tube opening distally to the exterior and proximally by a funnel to the coelom of somite V, which is a much larger space than in Limulus. ^ In the next stage the duct becomes bent on itself so that it appears in sections cut in three places. Its connection with the coelom is still evident. Later it becomes more complicated and the whole gland becomes enveloped in a thin capsule of mesoderm cells, but the process is not further described. The external opening persists until after hatching.

Kishinouye ('90) has studied the development of the gland in Agalsena, Lycosa, and other spiders. In these it occurs in somite III and is described as consisting of a duct of ectodermal origin which breaks through to the coelom. The schematic figures do not prove this origin of the duct.

Lebedinsky's account ('92) of the development in Phalangids is most complete. The first appearance of the nephridium is a weak outgrowth of the wall of the coelom of somite III. The cells of this outgrowth become columnar while its external end grows into connection with the ectoderm of the first ambulatory appendage. This thickened portion, which is to form the duct of the organ, now grows inward, carrying the wall of the coelom with it, so that its' internal end is surrounded by a ridge. This inner ingrowth forms the nephrostome. The ectoderm is resorbed later, giving an opening to the exterior, and the tube becomes convoluted.

1 Kowalevsky and Schulgin {'86) saw the organ when it was but little complicated ; they describe its duct as ectodermal.


That these organs in Limulus and Arachnids are homologous admits of little doubt. It is scarcely more doubtful that they belong to the same category as the antennal glands and shell glands of the Crustacea. The correspondence, as I earlier pointed out, is exact between the coxal gland of Limulus and the shell gland of the Entomostraca. Their closure in Limulus and certain arachnids is paralleled for instance in the case of Argulus (teste Leydig, BS), where the shell gland is functional only in early life. On the other hand, as stated above, the coxal gland in Phalangids is functional in the adult.

In the light of recent investigations these organs must be regarded as nephridia, and the arguments to the contrary advanced by Eisig ('88) are without foundation. Two recent studies are of interest here : That of Sedgwick on the development of the nephridia in Peripatus, and those of Weldorr ('89 and '9i) on the relations of the antennal gland to the coelom in the Decapods. In Peripatus the development is strikingly like that in Limulus, except there are numerous pairs of nephridia in the former. In both there is the formation of small coelomatic spaces ; in both {cf. Kishinouye, '91^) a division of the coelom into dorsal and ventral portions, and in both thciconversion of the ventral coelom into end sac, nephrostome, duct, and bladder. It is interesting in this connection to note that according to Loman ('87) in Phalangium, where the nephridial opening does not close and the organ remains functional through life the Malpighian tubes — the other urinary organs — are lacking.

I am inclined to believe that the genital ducts of Limulus are also to be regarded as nephridia, but I have searched in vain for any trace of their development. Laurie's account of the origin of the ducts in the scorpion is, as he says, intelligible upon the ground that they are nephridia; their somewhat tardy appearance and lateness in opening to the exterior not seriously militating against such a view.

Muscles. — I have not attempted to trace the history of the muscles except to a slight extent. The muscles, which move the feet and which extend from the dorsal surface of the body down to the appendages, are developed along the intcrseg


mental lines. The tissue from which they arise is the boundaries of the somites which extend inward toward the median line and which by their encroachment into the yolk outline the liver lobes. The early history of this portion is traced in connection with the alimentary canal. In the abdominal region the differentiation of the muscles of the gill appendages is accomplished in the same way, and it is interesting to note (see Fig. 79) that the anterior wall of the somite develops the extensor and the posterior the flexor of the corresponding appendage.

Entosternite. — Passing between the alimentary canal and the nervous system in the cephalothoracic region, and serving at the same time to connect the pedal muscles of the right and left sides is a layer of tissue which serves as a tendon, or rather as a series 'of tendons, and which by its later chohdrification* or chitinization (vide Lankester, '84, p. 133) gives rise to the entosternite. It is to be noticed that in its development the entosternite (Figs. 74, 84, Z6, '$,'j es) is always fibrous and it arises from the fibrous tissue of the region. The other "cartilages" occurring as axial tendons in the gills and operculum (Fig. 79) present in their early stages a distinctly chondroid appearance.

Organs of Circulation. — The early history of the central circulatory organ — the heart — of Limulus was outlined in my paper of 1885. Later, Kishinouye has added to the account given there and has corrected some points in my description. So this early history need not be detailed here. The heart arises as a result of the extension of the mesoderm over the yolk towards the dorsal median line. Its walls are formed by the edges of the advancing tissue, and, according to Kishinouye, as the walls of the tube thus formed are interrupted in the intersomitic region, a series of segmentally arranged openings into the cavity — the ostia — are produced. The differentiation of the heart begins at first behind and gradually extends forward. In its early formation the heart of Limulus affords support to the theory of Biitschli ('82) in regard to the relations of the circulatory system to the segmentation cavity.

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My present description begins with Stage H (Fig. 64). In this the heart may be seen with walls in which no definite arrangement of cells is visible and with two blood corpuscles in its interior. It is connected in this section with the dorsal ectoderm by a cord of cells, while on either side are two cavities, a dorsal and a ventral. The ventral is clearly the coelom of the somite, and its walls, somatoplure and splanchnoplure, are perfectly distinct. The upper cavity, the pericardium, is plainly lacunar, and is produced by a splitting of the mesoderm, and at this early stage is limited distally by the trabecular tissue so characteristic of the embryo of Limulus. Farther forward (Fig. 66) the heart is larger, and the cells of its walls are arranged in a single layer.

In the next stage (I, Fig. 66) the somatopluric mesoderm has given rise to the alary muscles which are best developed in the anterior portion. In the abdominal region (Fig. 6^), the heart is larger, but in all parts it as yet consists of the single layer of cells which were found in the preceding stage. Fig. (ij, which passes through the plane of the genital operculum, shows on either side the posterior extension of the dorsal coelom. A few sections further back (Fig. G'i) this cavity disappears from the sections. In longitudinal section (Fig. 82) the heart is seen to extend back to about the middle of the abdomen and forward to the anterior end of the yolk, following this down toward its junction with the stomodaeum. At its anterior end the heart divides into two aortic arches (the "crosses aortiques " of Alph. Milne Edwards, '73) which I have called the sternal arteries. These arteries (Fig. 'jG) pass down one on either side of the stomodaeum to dispose themselves at first as two tubes upon the upper surface of the ventral nerve chain. I have not satisfied myself of the way in which these sternal arteries arise but the observations which I have made are not incompatible with the view that dorsally at least they are interseptal. This point is however difficult to settle on account of the numerous lacunae, which, as already mentioned, early appear in the mesoderm and confuse the observer. At this stage (I) no other arteries arise from the heart.


In Stage K the conditions are much the same, the relations of the anterior end of the heart and the sternal arteries being shown in Fig. ']'], drawn from a wax reconstruction.

In Stage L, the heart (Figs. 72, 73, 82) has nearly attained its adult condition so far as segmentation into chambers is concerned. In Fig. 73 — representing a horizontal section — the anterior end of the heart is shown, enclosed in the pericardial space and supported by the alary muscles. In front, on either side are the roots of the sternal arteries but I have not seen at this or any earlier stage the frontal arteries of Milne Edwards. Fig. 72, taken at a lower level, shows the section of the sternal arteries on either side of the narrow duct connecting the proventriculus with the mesenteron.

It is not until late Stage H that the sternal arteries reach the nervous system. At first they extend themselves as two separate tubes along the dorsal surface of the nervous cords and extend backwards but a slight distance upon them forming the rudiments of the neural artery. There is at this time no trace of any tube beneath the nerves. It is especially interesting that this condition which is transitory in Limulus should be permanent in the Scorpion.

In Stage I the neural artery extends back -behind the middle of the cephalothorax but its termination is indistinct. In somite VII (Fig. 6^) no traces of it are to be found*. The partition between the two arteries still persists (Figs. 70-71) but on either side the artery is extending itself around the nervous system and appearing beneath it, thus giving rise to the peculiar condition so well known as characteristic of the adult horseshoe crab. This condition is brought about, at least in part, by outgrowths from the dorsal tubes but whether there be cavities formed independently beneath the cord which are later taken into the neural artery I cannot say. Most of it is accomplished by the downward growth and the wrapping of these portions around the cord, there being as Milne Edwards has suggested a soldering of the two edges of the vessel and a subsequent resorption of the resulting lamella. As will be seen, by this process of formation the nerve does not float freely in the blood but is surrounded by a neurilemma which is part



of the arterial wall. In other words the artery is not morphologically inside the artery.

In Stage K, as shown by the reconstruction Fig. TJ, this process has been completed at the anterior end of the ventral cord. Below, this figure shows the neural artery {av>j represented as filled with a solid mass, while the omission of the nerve cord leaves a central cavity from which proceed the openings for the nerves on the sides. In front (to the right) below, the forwardly directed process shows the nature of the outgrowths by which the ventral artery is extending itself beneath the brain.

In Stage L the dorsal portion of the neural artery has reached the abdomen, while in the somite of the fifth appendage the conditions are advanced as far as shown in Fig. 74. In the oldest embryos I have sectioned the arteries surrounding the nerves have extended themselves into the appendages (Fig. 89).

I have not attempted to follow the development of the blood sinuses, etc. They occur most abundantly in the abdominal region (Figs. 65, 68, 73, etc.) and that they are produced by a splitting of the mesoderm is easily seen in the development of the gills. The pericardial sinus belongs to the category of these blood spaces, the coelom taking no part in its formation.

Comparisons. — I have above referred to Kishinouye's account of the formation of the heart in Limulus with which my recent observations are in fair accord. In my first account I described the heart as arising from a solid cord of cells but this was a mistake. A re-examination of the slide showed that at the stage described the heart was already formed and its cavity was filled with blood corpuscles.

In the Arachnida most observers have described the heart as arising from the coalescing edges of the somites, meeting in the dorsal median line, there being slight differences in details between the Scorpions (Kowalevsky and Schulgin, Laurie) and the Araneina (Schimkewitsch, Locy, Morin, Kishinouye). In the other groups, as far as I am aware, no detailed observations have been made.

The pericardium of the spiders, according to Schimkewitsch ('87) arises as a layer of mesoderm split off from the splanch


noplure, while the somatoplure gives rise to the alary muscles. If this be so it is an important point of difference between Limulus and the Arachnids. Schimkewitsch further describes the pulmonary veins arising as outgrowths from the pericardium, the lateral arteries as outgrowths (Ausstiilpulgen) from the heart itself.

Alimentary Tract.

The alimentary tract of Limulus, like that of all Arthropods, consists of three divisions ; stomodaeum and proctodaeum, of ectodermal origin, and mesenteron (including the "intestine" and "liver"), derived from the entoderm. These parts are easiest considered in connection with each other.

Mesenteron. — The separation of the entoderm from the ecto-mesoderm by delamination was described (p. 46) in the first part of the present article. As will be remembered, I regard the whole of the nucleated yolk after that separation as the true entoderm. From the time of differentiation of this layer until the first molt there is but slight histological change in the region of the midgut and its diverticula aside from a slight increase in number and consequent decrease in size of the yolk (= entoderm) cells. There is, however, a very considerable change in the shape of the entoderm which may be summarized as follows : —

When the entoderm is first separated from the rest of the Qgg, it is, like the Qgg, spherical in outline. It then becomes gradually flattened {cf. Fig. 82) and more and more ovoid in outline, viewed from above, corresponding in this with the changes in shape of the embryo. As a result there may soon be distinguished a large semicircular mass of entoderm in the cephalothorax and a smaller, more cylindrical portion in the abdomen. Coincidently with this change in outline the beginning of the differentiation of midgut and "liver" occurs. As the mesoderm extends itself peripherally from the median ventral line of the embryo, it gives rise to slight intersegmental ridges, the septa of Balfour. Until this centrifugal growth reaches its extreme these septa are slight in extent, but as it attains the margin of the carapax and, turning


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on to the dorsal surface, begins to grow back to the dorsal median line, there begins a rapid centripetal growth of these septa, resulting in broad sheets of tissue which divide the peripheral portion of the yolk into a corresponding number of lobes, those of the first division being of course segmentally arranged. Thus there are in the cephalothoracic region six pairs of these lobes, while in the abdomen they are less distinct and less extensive and are only temporary, disappearing totally at an early stage. The fact of their temporary appearance in this region is, however, of considerable interest. A similar process of lobulation of the yolk has been described by several authors for various Arachnids, and it may be regarded as characteristic of the large-yolked eggs of the group. It however occurs to a greater or less extent in other forms. Thus, in the Crustacea the lobulation of the midgut gland ("liver") is of the same character, while in the leeches, as described by Dr. Whitman ('78), the differentiation of the intestine and its diverticula is exactly the same. Were this process of differentiation of liver, lobes and intestine to go on regularly, it would result in the production of a Limulus with a paired liver in each somite, each half emptying by its own duct directly into the intestine. This, however, does not occur. With the development of the extensive muscular system of the gill-bearing appendages and the large blood sinuses in that region the abdominal midgut diverticula disappear. In the cephalothorax the primitive regularity shows the following modifications. The septa do not all grow at the same rate, and (Fig. 83) some are interrupted at points in their growth, so that two or more lobes remain in direct connection with each other. This occurs between lobes i, 2 and 3, and also between lobes 4, 5 and 6. At the same time the inner ends of the septa become expanded by the development of the muscles of the feet so that they in places run together, cutting off lobes i and 2, and 5 and 6 from direct connection with the central mass. In this way the six primary liver lobes and the two hepatic ducts {hcp.,'^ hcp.~) of either side of the adult are differentiated. A later peripheral ingrowth of mesoderm still farther divides up the primary


lobes into lobules (Figs. 34, 35) resulting in the adult condition.

At the anterior end of the body an ingrowth ^ similar to the septa carries back the anterior end of the intestine, and intervenes to separate the first pair of lobes from each other. With this ingrowth this pair of lobes, which at first were at right angles, come to lie parallel to the principal axis of the body.

The central unsegmented part of the yolk which remains after the differentiation of the "liver" forms the "intestine" of the adult. It extends from the point of the first appearance of the stomodasum back to the posterior end of the body.

Until after the first molt after hatching the entoderm retains the same histological characters which it had at its first differentiation. It is a mass of yolk without lumen and is divided into a number of polygonal cells with clearly marked cell walls and central nuclei.^ Excepting in a slight difference in size, it is impossible to distinguish histologically between the entoderm cells of Stages C and I. That some change does occur in the interval, of a chemical rather than of a histological character, is shown by the fact that while in the earlier stages the yolk is very difficult to section, in the later it cuts as readily as any other tissue of the body.

After the molt which produces the adult form (Stage L) the histiogenesis of the epithelium of the midgut and its diverticula begins. It appears first in the intestine and later in the liver ; and in the intestine it is first seen at the anterior end (Fig. 81). From the study of numerous sections {cf. Figs. 81, 85, 88) the process is clearly seen to be a direct conversion of the yolkcells into the epithehal lining of the mesenteron. In Fig. 85

a sagittal section through the junction of stomodaeum and

mesenteron at early stage L — the entoderm cells, en, near the

1 For clearness this and the lateral septa are considered as ingrowths, but they are to a large extent outgrowths as well, since the margin of the carapax is farther removed from the median line in the later than in the earlier stages, and it is coincidently with this change in the relative position of the margin of the body that the septa are developed. This is even more marked in front than at the sides of the body.

2 In my figures the yolk is represented as solid, neither cell walls or nuclei being shown. They are, however, very distinct in all of my preparations.

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middle line, are seen to have assumed a columnar character and to be nearly free from yolk, while on either side they pass into a tissue crowded with yolk spherules {ys) in which the cell boundaries cannot be followed and in which the nuclei are irregularly arranged. In Fig. 84 — a transverse section of a slightly older embryo — the same conditions are shown upon a smaller scale. On the upper left side of the intestine {mes.) the cells have a well-marked epithelial character, while on either hand they pass directly into the normal yolk cells of the earlier condition. In a slightly older individual (Fig. 81) the whole anterior end of the intestine is free from yolk, and its lining cells (represented diagrammatically) have the character of a columnar epithelium, while at the posterior end they pass directly into the yolk cells which still fill the whole cavity in this region.

This rearrangement of the epithelium is well advanced in the intestine before it begins in the liver, and it advances more rapidly in the central than in the peripheral parts of the latter. It thus forms first the epithelium of the hepatic ducts (Figs. 72, ^6) and then the secretory epithelium. In the latter I have failed to recognize an early differentiation of purely epithelial and excretory cells such as has been described in some spiders.

As will be seen, I regard the yolk in Limulus from the time of its delamination as true entoderm. I fail to recognize, at least here, the existence of " vitellophags " whose purpose is merely the metabolization of the yolk and which then degenerate. I look upon the yolk cells from the beginning as morphologically a true epithelium, the cells of which, being gorged with yolk, are crowded from their proper position, thus obliterating the lumen and obscuring their true nature. In the later stages, when there is a rapid development of tissues, there is a corresponding call upon the entodermal structures for nourishment. Then it is that the yolk cells act temporarily as " vitellophags " and, metabolizing the yolk, pass the products on to the other tissues. It is only then that, the yolk being out of the way, they are able to rearrange themselves as a true epithelium.

While this view is in full accord with the observations of most students of Arachnid development, it is at variance with some of the commonly received ideas of Arthropod embryology.


which are to the effect that the yolk cells are " vitellophags," degenerating and not contributing to the formation of the entodermal epithelium which arises from cells derived from some other source. I feel confident that this is not the case in Limulus. I have yet to see any evidence of degeneration of the yolk cells, and further, I have seen no cells other than those of the yolk which could supply the epithelium of intestine and liver. From the very time when the yolk is first included in a mesodermal envelope this layer is to be clearly traced (jt/.) as a splanchnoplure closely enveloping the yolk, and in the later stages the same layer is seen (Figs. 84, 85) in exactly the same place and presenting the same conditions. In some sections which I have made of Hexapod eggs I have seen appearances which lead me to think that possibly in these forms the entoderm of authors is in reality splanchnoplure. The fact that most observers have closed their investigations before the development of a well-differentiated entodermal epithelium leaves a gap which renders their interpretations not conclusive on this point.

Stomod^um. — As already described (Vol. VII. p. 52) the anterior end of the primitive streak is marked by a spot where the cells are deeper and more columnar (Figs. 43, 45, vio.) than elsewhere in the median line, and this spot is usually, in Arthropods, regarded as marking the position of the future mouth, and all discussions of the transfer of the mouth from a preappendicular position to one behind the first pair of appendages are concerned with the connection of this spot with the mouth of the adult. In reality this spot marks the junction of stomodaeum and mesenteron and forms the inner end of the foregut. Hence to call it the mouth is to introduce an element of confusion.

At the time of the first outlining of the limbs the invagination of the stomodaeum begins, and the process is one which finds its closest parallel in the invagination of the neural canal in the vertebrates.^ At first it is a shallow pit with small

1 It is needless to say that this affords no foundation for the curious vagaries of Gaskell, as to the origin of the vertebrate nervous system from the alimentary tract of the Arthropod.


lumen and with an external opening pear-shaped in outline, narrower in front and wider behind. It is in fact enclosed by two ridges, one on either side, while posteriorly it is without distinct boundaries and passes directly into the ventral ectoderm. The lateral walls gradually unite in front {cf. Vol. VII, Figs. 30, 31), and are at the same time added to behind. It is by the continuation of this process that the stomodaeum is invaginated and the mouth comes to occupy a position behind • the first pair of appendages. Thus it will readily be seen that with regard to Limulus, at least, Claus is wrong when he says ('87, p. 129) that the preoral condition of the appendages is "nicht ein Lagenwechsel des Mundes . . . sondern eine im Laufe der Entwicklung vollzogene Aufwartsbewegung der Gliedmassen mit entsprechenden Verschiebung der Ursprungsstelle des zugehorigen Nerven." It would seem probable that the same conditions obtain in the Crustacea, but detailed observations are as yet lacking.

At first the cells of the stomodaeum invaginated in this manner form a low cubical epithelium, but they soon elongate and assume the columnar character which is found in this region in all the later stages. At an early date they also begin the secretion of the chitinous cuticle. At the outset all of the stomodseum is apparently formed by this invagination, and the tube is straight between mouth and the inner end. Later it begins to elongate by interstitial growth, and in this way a flexure in the sagittal plane is produced {cf. Figs. 81, 82). This flexure is also increased by the flattering of the embryo.

With the introduction of the flexure there begins a differentiation of the stomodaeum, at first into an internal proventriculus (stomach of most authors) and an outer tube. Later, the latter in turn is subdivided into buccal cavity and oesophagus proper (Fig. 81) In the proventriculus there soon develop longitudinal folds, and before the connection of stomodaeum with mesenteron is effected, the proventriculus has, except in size, the characters which it has in the adult.

After the epithelium of the midgut has been formed at the anterior end, the connection between fore- and midgut is


effected by a breaking down of the wall between them. At first the proventriculus empties directly into the mesenteron, but later (Fig. 72) the inner end of the former becomes drawn out in a slender tube which projects slightly as the "cone" into the intestines. The limits of the two regions, ectodermal and entodermal, at this stage are clearly distinguished by the chitinous cuticle upon the former.

Proctodeum. — In striking contrast to its development in the Crustacea the proctodaeum in Limulus is late in its appearance and small in extent. As late as Stage I (Fig. 82) it appears merely as a slight inpushing of the ectoderm upon the ventral surface. In Stage L it is wider but scarcely deeper than before (Fig. 81). In still older specimens (Fig. '^'^) the boundary between mesenteron and proctodaeum has broken through and the now more elongate proctodaeum has become thrown into inner folds. At the point of juncture between ectoderm and entoderm there appears, above and below in the section, an enlargement of the lumen of the tube and a second similar enlargement occurs within the entodermal portion of this tract. As to the meanings of these enlargements I have nothing to offer aside from the fact that in connection with them the Malpighian tubules of the Hexapods and the analogous structures of the Arachnids naturally suggest themselves.

Comparisons. — Almost nothing was previously known of the development of the alimentary tract of Limulus. In 1885 I gave essentially the same account of the formation of the stomodaeum and the differentiation of the liver-lobes, illustrating both with diagrammatic figures. In the same year Brooks and Bruce in their preliminary paper ('85) describe the entodermal epithelium as arising from the yolk cells in the same way as I have done and they further say, though without any details, that the stomodaeum arises as an ingrowth which at first goes upward and forward and then bends upon itself. Though not specifically the same in words the account given by Kishinouye (9l) of the development of the stomodaeum is easily brought into harmony with the foregoing, and especially interesting is his statement (pp. 79-80) that "As the upper lip grows posteriorly, the mouth opening which was at first pre-appendicular


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gradually shifts its position backward." Kishinoiiye has nothing to offer concerning mesenteron or proctodaeum.

In the Arachnida almost all observers describe conditions closely similar to those obtaining in Limulus. Since the time of Balfour's paper ('80) the liver-lobes have been recognized as differentiated by the ingrowth of mesodermal septa into the yolk in the same manner as in Limulus, and the hepatic ducts (of course different in number) as formed in substantially the same way. Balfour, while thinking that certain observations possibly pointed to the origin of the hepatic epithelium from the cells of the thickened ends of the septa, still recognized the entoderm in the yolk. Balfour did not trace the formation of the entodermal epithelium but later authors agree that it arises in the spiders from the yolk cells, the differentiation beginning at first at the posterior end. So far as their observations go Locy, Morin (the text of his preliminary paper, the copies of the figures of his later article in Russian), and Schimkewitsch ('87) agree in the recognition of the yolk nuclei of spiders as the nuclei of the future entoderm. Later, Schimkewitsch ('90) changes his views ; he now recognizes as entoderm in the " Tracheates," the smaller cells which lie on the ventral surface of the yolk, while the mass of the yolk cells in the Arachnids are the Anlage of the blood corpuscles. Such a view is impossible with Limulus, since before the yolk cells undergo any change they are entirely enclosed in the splanchnopleural layer of the mesoderm, through which migration to the blood vessels is impossible.

Faussek, in his account of the development of the Phalangids (•91) says that at the close of the embryonic period the yolk cells (derived as in Limulus by delamination) divide rapidly, and, with a small amount of protoplasm, begin to throw themselves down upon the mesodermal envelope of the midgut and its diverticula. At first these patches of entodermal epithelium are irregularly scattered but they soon begin at the anterior end, to arrange themselves in the cylindrical epithelium of this region.

In the scorpions the conditions are quite different. As already pointed out (Vol. VII, pp. 55 ff.) Kowalevsky and


Schulgin ('86) and Laurie {'90) show that in the early stages the entoderm is a distinct differentiation from the germinal area ; it remains for a long time as a solid mass at the posterior end of the embryo and only later spreads itself out as a definite layer enclosing the yolk and forming the epithelium of the mid2:ut and its diverticula. Of the details of the formation of the liver-lobes but little is said, but apparently it occurs through the ingrowth of the mesodermal septa as in Araneina and in Limulus. The different type of formation of the entoderm in the scorpions and Limulus is possibly the strongest objection which can be raised to the close association of the two forms, for while the two types can be reconciled, it implies an extremely long separation of the forms. Still it must be borne in mind that if this be advanced as an objection it must be equally valid in proving that the Araneina and the scorpions are but remotely connected, a thesis which I hardly care to defend, while on the other hand it would show closer relationship between Limulus and the spiders than between the former and the scorpions, a view which is negatived by numerous other facts of structure and ontogeny.

Limulus also agrees with the Arachnida in the early appearance and elongation of the stomodaeum and the shortness and lateness of appearance of the proctodaeum. As yet, no observations are recorded as to the manner of invagination of the stomodseum, but as figured by Morin (in Korschelt and Heider '92) and Locy ('86) it bears close resemblance to that of Limulus in its bending and in the early differentiation of a terminal pouch clearly comparable to the proventriculus of Limulus. In the only sagittal section given by Laurie of the later stage of the stomodaeum in the scorpion ('90, PI. XVII, Fig. 48) the proventricular enlargement is not very apparent but the buccal cavity is well marked. Concerning the proctodeal region the comparisons reveal little of importance. In the spiders we have in this region the formation of the stercoral pocket ^ which is without parallel in Limulus {vide, however, siipra p.

219 and Fig. ^Z).


1 Kishinouye's observation ('90, p. (&) that the stercoral pocket is developed from the unpaired coelom of the caudal region certainly needs confirmation.


Nervous System.

I leave all questions concerning the nervous system and sense organs untouched, except in so far as is necessary to explain some points which will appear later. I do this the more willingly since my friend, Dr. Wm. Patten, has for several years been devoting especial attention to this system. I find in Limulus that at an early stage the nervous system, viewed from the surface, presents the appearance of numerous circular pits (Fig. 29). These, which are shown in section in Figs. 49 and 65, I suppose to be what Patten ('89 p. 602) refers to in his statement that "the central cord and brain of Arthropods, is at first composed entirely of minute sense organs, which in the scorpion have the same structure as the segmental ones at the base of the legs." Kishinouye has also seen the same structures and compares them to the ommatidia of the eye. There is, however, no such differentiation of the nuclei as are shown in the figures of the latter. Unlike Patten, I interpret these inpushings of the nuclei as centres for the rapid proliferation of nerve cells, and not as sense organs. I also am inclined to withdraw my original account of the formation of segmental sense organs ('90), as I am now inclined to believe that the structures which I described as sensory in structure (various figures "jTj'") are more probably glandular. The brain arises from three pairs of ganglia in front of the pair which innervates the first pair of appendages. I believe these three ganglia to represent : the first, the primitively preoral nerve centre, the homologue of the "brain" of the annelids; the other two to belong, like the deuto- and tritocerebrum of the Hexapod, to ganglia which have left the postoral and have wandered into the preoral region. Upon the real state of affairs I have, however, almost no actual observations, and base my opinions largely upon the conditions in other groups.

Respiratory Organs.

As is well known the respiratory organs of Limulus are borne upon five pairs of appendages situated on somites VIII


XII. Each of these appendages has upon its posterior surface a large number of rounded quadrilateral lamellae (the number varying with age), the "gill-leaves," and the whole organ is known as the gill-book." The first of these appendages to appear is the most anterior one (VIII). It grows out from the body, not as a cylindrical process like appendages I-VI, but as a broad lobe with an oblique insertion upon the ventral surface of the body (Figs. 28, 32 g). At first this lobe consists merely of a fold of ectoderm (Fig. 'j'S) marked off from the ventral surface by an impushing behind, and containing in its interior scattered branching mesoderm cells between which are numerous large lacunas. At stage H this appendage shows the first appearance of the gill lamellae in the form of a single fold of the ectoderm of the posterior surface at about midway of the length of the member. Very soon a second and smaller outgrowth appears between the first leaf and the body, and so on in regular succession (Fig. 79) the new leaves continuing to be added at the base of the appendage, the outer leaves being the larger and older.

When the first gill-leaf appears on appendage VIII, appendage IX is budded, and on this the first gill-leaf appears (Fig. 79) when on appendage VIII there are four or five lamellae. The subsequent growth of these appendages and the new gill-leaves is but a repetition of that already given. At the molt with which the telson appears and with which my studies end, appendage X has appeared, but is as yet without lamellae, while appendages VII and IX are well provided in this respect (Fig. 80).

At stage I (Fig. 79) the gills and gill appendages present the following appearances in their finer structure. The ectoderm has become columnar and has secreted on its free surface a thin cuticula. In the gill-leaves the two walls are united here and there by fine mesodermal filaments which extend between the two walls like the tie rods of an architectural structure. Between these trabeculae are lacunae without definite walls, and in these, scattered blood corpuscles are to be seen, showing that these spaces are in connection with the general circulatory system. These lamellae are shown in cross section

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in Fig. 68, where also may be seen, at either side of the gillleaf larger lacunae, forming the afferent and efferent blood channels of the lamella.

In the gill appendage as in the operculum (appendage VII) is a central rod of compact tissue somewhat resembling cartilage, but whose fate I have not traced. In my former paper ('85, PI. XXXIX, Fig. 38) the line from the abbreviation for muscle, was by mistake of the lithographer, run to this structure. On either side of this rod are developed the muscles of the appendages. They have their origin in a narrow line on either side of the back (Fig. 6"]) and are inserted in the wall of the appendage at the lower end of the rod just referred to. In transverse section these muscles (Fig. 6^) are seen to be fan-shaped, the line of insertion embracing nearly the entire width of the appendage. From its origin and insertion the muscle in front of the rod is seen to be antagonistic to that behind and we may consider the two as respectively flexor and extensor in function.^ The flexors of one somite and the extensors of the next have their origins closely approximate, and their traction soon results in the drawing inwards a small patch of the dorsal ectoderm, thus producing in the adult the line of depressions on either side of the middle of the tack, and the corresponding chitinous ingrowths in the interior of the same region. One of these ingrowths of chitin secreting ectoderm is cut across in Fig. 68 ent.

In the last stage studied (Fig. 80) the conditions are essentially the same as before, except that the gill-leaves are larger and more numerous. The section, however, does not pass in the right plane to show the muscles and internal rod. For a description of this section I cannot refrain from quoting MacLeod's ('87, p. 4) description of the lung-book of a scorpion: — "Nous trouvons en [la figure] la coupe d'un certain nombre de fines lamelles, les lamelles pulmonaires, placees horizontalement, libres a leur extremite posterieure ou caudale, c'est-a-dire la plus rapprochee de 1' extremite caudal de I'animal, vers la droite

1 I have been unable to identify with certainty these muscles with those of the adult as described by Benham ('83). At this early age they are not differentiated as they are later.


de la figure, et attachees en avant. Entre ces lamelles se trouvent des cavites en forme de fentes qui communiquent en arriere avec une cavite generale laquelle debouche a son tour a I'exterieure par une fente stigmatique."

Comparisons. — The only previous accounts of the gill development are by myself ('85) and Kishinouye ('91, p. 72), and the foregoing differs from them in being somewhat fuller in some details (Kishinouye calls the metastoma an appendage^ hence his appendage IX is my VIII, etc.). The process is extremely simple — the outgrowth of lamellate processes from the posterior surfaces of the corresponding appendages, the newer lamellae being formed proximally — and yet my early account does not seem to have satisfied Laurie, who says ('91, p. 137) "a detailed account of the development of these appendages Limulus may throw more light on the matter" of the homologies of the respiratory organs of the scorpion and the king crab. Had not Laurie been confused by some strange ^ ideas of the homologies I think that my previous account would have proved detailed enough for his purposes, for the two organs, — the gill of Limulus and the lung of Scorpio, — can be compared in detail in the simplest manner, without the invocation of any inversion, of any " parabranchial stigmata," of any conversion of air space into blood space, or the like.

Several workers have described the development of the respiratory organs of the Arachnida, and from the papers of Metschnikoff ('7l), Kowalevsky and Schulgin ('86), Locy ('86), Bruce ('87), Kishinouye ('90), and Laurie ('90 and '92), we may gain the following summary of the development of the lung books in these forms.

In these forms the lungs develop in connection with the abdominal appendages. These appendages grow out for a short

^ See upon this Kingsley ('85, p. 541, and '92, p. 60).

2 Thus Laurie says (/.f. p. 136): " The additional appendages of Limulus are directed towards the tail as one would expect abdominal appendages to be. Now if the appendage had sunk without invagination, one would expect it to be still directed towards the tail, unless there were some very good reason for its having changed its direction. If, on the contrary, it had become invaginated it would naturally be directed in the opposite direction towards the head, and this is what we find in the scorpion. The inpushing is from the beginning towards the head, and the aperture opens toward the tail."



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distance and then an inpushing takes place just behind the appendage, the opening of the invagination, according to Kishinouye being away from the median Hne. This sac, the future puhnonary cavity, continues to increase in size, while the appendage proper soon becomes obsolete. In this way the pulmonary sac, with its external opening or stigma, is developed. After the pulmonary sac is formed there begins on its anterior

wall, i.e. on the continuation of the posterior wall of the

appendage, — a series of foldings of the ectoderm, the lungleaves. As the animal increases in size, new lung-leaves are added at the inner or proximal end. In short, as the adjacent diagrams show, the homologies between the two types of organs are perfect.

In / we have a condition which will apply equally well to the young of either Limulus or Scorpio. At the right side the appendage is just budded out, and on the left the sinking

Diagram of the respiratory organs in {A) an Arachnid ; (Z) in Limulus, and (/) in an intermediate condition. The arrows point toward the head, the crosslined portion is the anterior, the black, the posterior surface of the appendage, the dotted surface that part of the ventral surface of the somite, which is invaginated to form the posterior wall and roof of the pulmonary sac. bs, blood space ; gl, gill-leaves ; //, pulmonary leaves.


in, behind it, has begun. In L we have the modifications of /, which result in the formation of the gill-book. On the posterior face of the appendage the gill-leaves are budding out. In A we have the Arachnid modifications of /. On the right side the post appendicular insinking has resulted in the formation of the pulmonary sac from the anterior wall of which, — and which is plainly the posterior surface of the appendage — the pulmonary leaves are being produced (cf. Laurie, '90, pi. XVII, Fig. 47). At the left side of the figure the same conditions are carried further, and the opening of the pulmonary sac is now reduced to the narrow spiracle. In all the figures the anterior surface of the appendage is crossed-lined, the posterior is black, the invaginated portion of the ventral surface dotted, the rest of the ventral surface is white. The arrow points towards the 'anterior end of the animal.

When the comparison is made in this way the similarities, as to appendages and lamellae, are seen to be very close. When viewed from the histological standpoint the resemblances are so exact that the description of the pulmonary organ of the spider or of the scorpion will apply almost, word for word, as shown above, to the gill book of Limulus. This, taken in connection with the fact that the very appendages which in the scorpion (IX-XII) are converted into the lung-books, are in the Limulus the bearers of gill-books, and that appendages VIII of the scorpion (the pectines) have a structure also easily reducible to the gill-book of the corresponding somite of the horse-shoe crab, place the homologies of the organs in such a light that few identities of structure and of phylogeny are more certain.

The consideration of the relations existing between the lungs and the tracheae of the Arachnids will be taken up later.

The Relationships of Limulus.

It would seem hardly necessary to review in detail the discussion of the systematic position of Limulus since it has been done by almost every author who has treated of its anatomy or ontogeny or who has studied the spiders. Yet some space must be devoted to it because of the new facts

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brought out by the present investigations and especially because some of the arguments advanced by the advocates of the arachnidan afifinities of the horse-shoe crab do not seem to be understood by several recent writers.

Notwithstanding the early suggestion of Strauss-Durckheim {teste Lankester) and the later one by the younger Van Beneden ('7l) there was no serious question of the relationship supposed to exist between Limulus and the Crustacea until the publication of Lankester's paper ('8i) " Limulus an Arachnid." Previous to that date there was a general agreement that the Arthropods were divisible into two great classes: — Tracheata and Branchiata — the division being based primarily upon the method of respiration ; and this view was greatly strengthened by Moseley's discovery ('74) of tracheae in Peripatus, thus apparently providing for a line of descent for the Tracheates without the necessity of any close association between these and the Crustacea. The Arachnids were of course included in the Tracheata for in most of the group were found tracheae, apparently built upon the same plan as those of the Hexapods, while Leuckart had shown long ago ('49) that the pulmonary sacs of the spiders and scorpions were clearly homologous with the tracheae of the other Arachnids.

Although not primarily based upon the respiratory system Lankester's conclusions were in substance that the lungs of the Arachnids were homologous with the gills of Limulus ; and the deduction necessarily followed that all Tracheates must have come from a Limuloid ancestor or that the group "Tracheata" must be polyphyletic in origin and that the similarities of the tracheas in Hexapods and Arachnida must be due to homoplassy rather than to community of descent.

Lankester's paper produced no little discussion and the points presented by the numerous papers upon the subject as well as those based upon the present in'^'estigations may be presented in categorical order as follows :- L Limulus agrees with the Crustacea and differs from the Arachnida in : —

1. A branchial respiration.

2. The possession of biramous appendages.


3. The absence of Malpighian tubules,

4. The absence of salivary glands.

5. The absence of embryonic envelopes.

6. The presence of compound eyes.

II. Limulus and the Arachnids agree in, and both differ from the other Tracheatcs" (Hexapoda and Myriapoda) in : —

7. The primitively postoral condition of appendage I and its later transfer to a prestomial position.

8. The six-jointed appendages II-V.

9. The existence of a metastoma (chilaria) upon the sixth somite.

10. A regional division of the body behind somite VI.

11. The openings of the genital ducts upon appendage VII.

12. The subservience of appendages IX to XII (Limulus VIII-XII) to respiration.

13. The possession of a post-anal spine.

14. The formation of deutova.

15. The formation of the entoderm by delamination.

16. The early appearance of metamerism in the body.

17. The occasional later appearance of appendage I and its somite.

18. The existence of a well-marked coelom (schizocoele) extending at first into the appendages.

19. The extension of the coelom of somite I into the preoral region.

20. The presence of a chitinous entosternite.

21. The presence of a posterior artery from the heart.

22. The possession of a pair of sternal arteries passing, one on either side of the oesophagus, to unite below in —

23. A longitudinal arterial canal upon or surrounding the nervous system.

24. The possession of blood colored blue by haemocyanin.

25. In the possession of reticulate genital ducts.

26. In the method of oviginesis.

27. In the possession of nephridia in somite V.

28. In the pitted origin of the nervous system.

29. In the concentration of the postoral ganglia in a circumoesophageal nerve ring.

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30. The invaginate character of the median eyes.

31. The long stomodoeum.

32. The large mesenteron.

33. The large midgut glands (hepatopancreas) emptying by metameric ducts.

34. The short proctodaeum.

III. Limulus and the Arachnids agree with the Crustacea, and differ from the "Tracheates" in points 14, 21, 27, 31, and also in :

35. The absence of any differentiated head.

36. The position of the genital ducts in the appendages near the middle of the body.

37. The development of the respiratory organs in connection with the appendages.

38. The paired sexual openings.

Several of the foregoing points need but little discussion since they have already been considered both by Prof. Lankester ('81) and by myself. It is, however, to be noted that this enumeration of resemblances and differences omits all reference to characters which are common to all great groups of Arthropods, and also to those which are peculiar to any one group, except so far as they are, apparently, based upon misconceptions. It must also be mentioned that Peripatus is omitted from the discussion, since, notwithstanding the recent researches of von Kennel, Sedgwick, Sclater and Miss Sheldon, its position in the Arthropod phylum is not beyond question. So too with the chilognathous Myriapods, since for reasons which will appear later, their relations to the chilopods are exceedingly doubtful.

I have already discussed in the previous part of this paper the evidence presented by the ovigenesis, in which there is a close parallel between the Arachnids and Limulus, the ^^g in both passing into a follicle formed by the separation of the tunica propria from the germinal epithelium. I have also considered the matter of the origin of the entoderm in both Limulus and the Arachnids (and Pycnogonids) by delamination, and the early segmentation of the body, closely parallel in both groups, before the appearance of the legs. A farther point


of similarity is in the tendency toward a late appearance of appendage I in both groups, it having been noticed by both Metschnikoff and Laurie in the scorpion and by Birula ('92) in Galeodes. This, however, has less weight than it otherwise would have were it confined to these forms alone, Grobben having noticed ('79) a similar delay in the appearance of the antennulae in Moina.

To several other points exceptions may be adduced. Thus a chitinous entosternite has been noticed in several Crustacea, e.g. in Apus and by Claus ('92) in Ostracodes. Deutova ^ occur in both Arachnids and Limulus but as Zaddach described Ions: ago ('4i) they are found in Apus as well. In the American Limulus, as in the Arachnids, the coelom at first extends into the appendages (Kishinouye says it does not in the Japanese species) but similar conditions have lately been shown to occur in the Hexapods. Reticulate genital ducts occur in the Phyllopods. I cannot agree with Kishinouye that the metastoma of Limulus possesses a separate somite, and as I have already pointed out ('92, p. 6o) his figures can receive another interpretation. There is no somite and no neuromere for the metastoma, and as it occurs upon somite VI which is already provided with appendages, its appendicular nature is not apparent. Metastomal structures occur in other Arthropods; the exact serial similarity between that of Limulus and that of the Arachnids is the important point.

The possession of a post-anal moveable spine (telson in Limulus, sting in the scorpions, multiarticulate whip in Thelyphonus) is not paralleled outside of these forms. It is to be regarded not as a somite or a series of somites — the position of the anus settles that — but as an articulated outgrowth of the supraanal region of the terminal somite of the body.

The foregoing disposes of points 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 25 and 26, while no discussion need here be given to items 8, 24,

1 I have used this term, introduced by Claparede, for those molted cuticula or " Blastodermhauten " which serve as protective envelopes — Packard's " vicarious chorion " — after the splitting of the chorion, and before the young is turned free to shift for itself. Henking has called ('82) the same structures in the Arachnida "apoderma."

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29 and 30, as they have either been treated of sufficiently in previous papers or they are based upon conditions not described in the present series. For the discussion of a large number of the remaining points it becomes necessary first to review briefly our knowledge of the homologies between the somites in the principal groups of Arthropods.

Until we have more evidence than we now possess of the total disappearance of a somite from the anterior portion of the body of any arthropod it will be necessary in making our comparisons between the regions in the different groups to proceed upon the assumption that the metamerically repeated portions are, somite for somite, the same in the whole phylum, and are to be compared throughout upon the serial basis, the first being equivalent throughout, and so with the second, and so on, the comparison ceasing only with the hinder region of the body, where the budding zone occurs and behind which is the terminal or caudal lobe. Upon no other basis can any comparison be made.

The great difficulty with this is in the recognition of the metameres in the anterior end of the body for there we find a tendency toward the obliteration of parts and the obsolescence of those features by which the existence of the somite is made most apparent. The nervous system seems, at present, to afford us the most certain means of recognition of the somites and upon this we must place the most dependence, since in some cases the coelom of the somite may disappear, its mesoderm becoming fused with that of its neighbors while the appendages may totally fail to develop. In the Hexapods various authors have expressed the idea that the so-called brain was a compound structure, and of these the later writers — Tichomiroff {teste Cholodkowsky) Patten ('88) and Cholodkowsky ('9i) represent it as composed of three neuromeres, and Carriere (in Chalicoderma) has recognized still another in the cephalic region. Of these the most anterior, the protocerebrum, is apparently prestomial and hence is to be regarded as homologous with the annelid cerebrum, and the descendant of the "Scheitelplatte." All recent observers — Patten, Heider, Wheeler, Graber, Carriere, Cholodkowsky r/. als. — have amply


confirmed the early observation of Weismann ('63) that the Hexapod antennae are postoral, and have shown that they are innervated from the second or deutocerebral neuromere. Between this and the mandibular ganglion is the third component of the brain, the tritocerebrum, and in a few forms this has been shown to have a small embryonic appendage which apparently becomes obsolete in the later stages. This has been observed by Tichomiroff (teste Cholodkowsky i) in the silk-worm ; by Carriere ('9o) in the bee Chalicoderma ^ while in a note Dr. Wheeler sends me an account and a drawing of the embryo of the Collembolan, AmuHda maritima, in which the appendage between the antenna and the mandible, the tritocerebral appendage, is well marked. Apparently Wheeler had seen traces of the same in Doryphora ('89, p. 337 Fig. 44). Regarding these neuromeres and appendages the conclusion is inevitable that they belong to the primitively postoral series. They arise in the same line and agree in all respects with those further back. The only other supposition would be that they are preoral and temporarily wander backwards to be immediately returned to their proper position, a supposition of very doubtful value. In the light of these observations we must regard the Hexapod head as composed of at least six elements, the procephalic lobes and five postoral somites, each of the latter having appendages.

In the Arachnida our evidence is much less abundant and much less detailed. Schimkewitsch ('89) describes in the spiders ocular and rostral ganglia (PI. XXI, Fig. 3) in advance of the ganglion of the cheliceras, while in the schematic Fig. 5 of his PI. XXIII he represents the cerebral ganglion (in front of the rostral ganglion) as three-lobed. Patten ('90) describes the brain of the scorpion as composed of three pairs of ganglia,^ while Jawonowsky ('92) figures four postoral somites in front of the cheliceral somite, the posterior of which bears a pair of

1 In his preliminary paper Tichomiroff merely says " Es existirt bei dem Seidewurm eine echte untere Lippe . . . und die als der allbekannten Oberlippe der Insecten homolog betrachtet werden darf." His later paper is unfortunately buried in an outlandish tongue. . 2 Carriere recognizes y^wr cerebral somites and finds a preantennal appendage.

3 See also Metschnikoff ('70), PI. XV, P^ig. 14.

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appendages, possibly the same as that of Croneberg ('80) in Dendryphantes. No preoral ganglion is indicated in his extremely unsatisfactory figures, while his evident desire to find the Hexapod antennae in the Arachnids has possibly influenced his observations. 1 Locy has also figured ('86, PI. XI, Fig. 70) a distinctly three-lobed brain in Agelena. I regret that I have not been able to consult the original plates of Morin's account of the development of the spiders, but as copied by Korshelt and Heider ('92, Fig. 383B) the brain of Theridium consists of four lobes, the posterior of which is apparently the cheliceral ganglion. Kishinouye ('90) also describes the brain of Agelaena as three-segmented.

In Limulus both Patten and myself have recognized a threeganglioned cerebrum in front of the ganglia of the chelicerae. None of these cerebral ganglia have been seen by me in a postoral position, but their relation to the ventral chain is such as to justify the supposition that here, as in the Hexapod, there is a very early shifting.

In the Crustacea I know of no observations of evanescent appendages or neuromeres, unless, possibly in the case of the metastoma. So far as observations go the series is, apparently : first, the procephalic lobes ; second, a pair of ganglia in front of the antennulae, figured by Bumpus ('91, PI. XVII, Fig. i) then, antennulae, antennae, etc. As to just where the line between preoral and postoral is to be drawn is uncertain. That the antennulae of the Crustacea are to be classed in the primitively postoral series is evidenced by several facts. In the first place, they are placed by all observers at first in a paraoral if not a postoral position, and in a direct continuation of the postoral appendages. Secondly, the evidence presented by Apus is clearly understood upon the basis of a complete transfer of the ganglia and appendages to a preoral position. In the adult the ganglia of the antennulae {cf. Pelsencer, '85) are fused with the cerebrum, while the course of the nerves (see Zaddach, '41, PL III, P^igs. I and 5) shows distinctly a transfer of the structures

1 In the light of the observations of Carriere and Wheeler his discovery does not help matters, for there is still a somite lacking, to make the parallel exact from his standpoint.

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at either end of the cord. I do not quote my own observations upon the postoral position of the antennulae of Crangon because their accuracy has lately been denied by Weldon^ ('92) and by Herrick ('92), and hence they need confirmation.

It is evident, I think, from the foregoing resume that we cannot with much confidence compare, somite for somite, the bodies of even the most studied Arthropods, but we may present the following tentative statement, merely remarking that as far as Arachnid and Limulus are concerned, the correctness of our assumption receives confirmation from other sources discussed in this essay.






uromere I

No Appendage

No Appendage

No Appendage

No Appendage



No Appendage

No Appendage

No Appendage



No Appendage

No Appendage





1st Leg





2d Leg




1st Leg

3d Leg

Maxilla i


1st Leg

2d Leg

4th Leg

Maxilla 2


2d Leg

3d Leg

5th Leg

Maxilliped i


3d Leg

4th Leg

6th Leg

Maxilliped 2

It will be noted that this comparison brings the end of the Hexapod thorax, and the hinder margin of the cephalothorax of both the Arachnids and Xiphosures into correspondence. Further, if we insert into the Crustacean line a segment for

1 Professor Weldon and myself are apparently at variance upon several points with regard to the embryology of Crangon, but the points in dispute cannot be settled except by renewed observation. I would, however, point out that in several places he has attributed to me views which I do not hold and which he would not have obtained had he read my papers carefully or had he availed himself of his opportunity to talk over the points of difference while his paper was in press. Thus he says (/. c. p. 349) that I claim that the blastopore closes completely. I have ('89, p. 6) repudiated this view. He refers to my " remarkable Fig. 32 .... in which a black dot placed between the optic lobes is called the mouth " as representing my evidence as to the postoral nature of the antennulae. The figure is distinctly stated to be a diagram to illustrate the plane of the sections ; Fig. 1 1 is the one to which he should have referred. I have no desire for controversy, but would respectfully suggest that possibly Weldon's figure (7),


the mctastoma (which numerous authors have regarded as an appendage homodynamous with the others) the result will be to bring the third thoracic foot of the Ilexapod into homology with the first rather than the second maxilliped of the Crustacea, and there is no little evidence to show that here, if anywhere, the line between head and thorax in the Crustacea is to be drawn. We are, however, more concerned at present with the serial comparison between Limulus and the Arachnids, and the studies of the nervous system warrant the comparisons made above.

Although we are fully justified in the recognition of somites in both Limulus and Arachnids in front of the segment of the first appendage, I have, from convenience, followed the old nomenclature in the following discussion, and have numbered the somites according to the appendages, somite I being that of the first appendage. From the foregoing it will be seen that point 7, the transfer of appendage I from a postoral to a prestomial position has but little value in deciding the affinities of Limulus, while, if our comparisons be correct, point 10, the existence of a regional division of the body behind appendage VI occurs in the Hexapods and possibly in the Crustacea as well. Point 35 — the absence of any differentiated head — is closely allied to this last. In the Arthropods the terms "head" and "thorax" must be used with physiological rather than morphological values. The cephalothorax of Limulus, as well as that of the Arachnids, is co-extensive, so far as our present knowledge goes, with both head and thorax

upon which he relies to support his statement that " the first antennas are evidently preoral from the very earliest period at which the mouth is visible," represents not the first antennae, but the optic lobes alone. Herrick says ('92, p. 442) that he cannot agree with me in saying that Reichenbach " has all the appendages at first distinctly postoral." Reichenbach figures (Fig. "ja) the condition to which I referred. A leader (//;.) goes to the " labrum," a thickening of cells some distance in front of his antennul^e [ES^). His sections show that there is behind this but (if I read his description aright) still in front of the atennnulre, a mass of cells, his " Vorderdarmkeim." If this be so I am certainly justified in my reference to Reichenbach as showing the mouth in front of the first pair of appendages. There is as yet no functional mouth found, but the collection of cells indicated by Reichenbach marks the point of the later stomodaeal invagination.


of the Hexapod, and — if we be permitted to recognize a metastomal somite in the Crustacea — with the "head" of the Tetradecapods and also of that of the Decapods as Hmited byMilne Edwards, but not with the Decapod head as understood by Huxley. The argument which Huxley draws for placing the division between head and thorax in the Crustacea between appendages V and VI, is largely based upon his views of the cervical suture of the crayfish which Dana long before ('5l) showed to be untenable and which Ayers ('85) has more lately reviewed.

Upon the standpoint we have taken the cephalothorax of the Arachnids and Limulus must be regarded as equivalent to the combined head and thorax of the Hexapod. In the forms first mentioned we find no tendency towards a differentiation of this region except in the case of the Solpugids, a knowledge of whose embryology would prove so interesting. As the Solpugids are not primitive forms, and as no such regional divisions occur in the more ancestral types, we would rather suspect that the apparent existence of the Hexapod thorax in the group was secondary and adaptional rather than derived from a common ancestor. Thorell's view that the Solpugids are Hexapods is not tenable.

In this connection the multiarticulate character of the anterior appendages of both Limulus and the Arachnids is interesting. In the Hexapods and Myriapods the mandibles are at no time of either embryonic or adult life multiarticulate, a fact which would apparently indicate that this appendage had obtained its present form and function at an early period. It is, as Lang has suggested, hardly to be supposed that the well segmented corresponding appendage of the Arachnids has been derived from the specialized mandible of the Hexapods. The modification of the basal joints (coxa) of several appendages in both Limulus and scorpions for manducatory purposes should be alluded to here as well as the persistence of the same number — six — of articles in the legs of these animals.

It would hardly seem necessary to review in detail the arguments for the homology of the respiratory organs of



Limulus and the Arachnids were it not that the question is frequently misunderstood. The difficulty, at least in some instances, seems to lie in the failure to recognize the possibility of the tracheae of the Hexapods and those of the Arachnids being homoplastic rather than homologous organs. Thus to these persons the attempt to derive the tracheae of the Arachnid from the gill of some branchiate form seems to imply the promotion of the Arachnids to the position of the "Stammform" of the Tracheata, a conclusion which no one would care to defend at the present day.

There exists at present no question of the accuracy of the view of Leuckart ('49) that the lungs of the scorpions and spiders on the one hand and the tracheae of the Araneina and other Arachnids are homologous, but these organs differ in one important respect from the tracheae of the Hexapods which would prevent their close comparison. In the Hexapods (as also in the Chilopodous Myriapoda) the stigmata are placed outside or dorsal to the appendages and they never develop in connection with the legs. The observations of Chun ('75) followed by those of later writers would tend to show that the Hexapod tracheae were derived from dermaP glands. In the Arachnids, observations are as yet lacking as to the ontogeny of the tracheae, but several students have described the development of their homologues, the pulmonary organs.

The lungs of scorpions — Metschnikoff, ('7i); Kowalevsky and Schulgin ('86) Laurie ('90) — and those of spiders — Bruce ('87); Locy ('86) — develop in connection with the abdominal feet in the embryo. The lung-leaves arise as outgrowths upon the posterior faces of these appendages, concomitantly with the formation of a pit behind the appendage and the sinking of the appendage itself. In this it is, making allowance for the position of the organ — freely projecting in the one, sunken in the other — closely comparable to the gills of Limulus, and in the later stages, the resemblance extends to the minute histological details.

1 The recent speculations of Bernard ('92, '93) in which the endeavor is made to trace all tracheae — Hexapod and Arachnid — to the setiparous glands of the Chaetopods should possibly be referred to here.


Between the lungs of the scorpion and the gills of Limuliis the resemblances are closest. In Limulus the gills are borne on appendages VIII-XII, in the scorpion upon appendages IX-XII and in no Arachnid do tracheae occur behind this point. ^ Farther, appendage VIII in the scorpion — the pecten — shows plainly its homologies with its homologue in Limulus, the teeth of the comb being the gill-leaves. This is exactly what we should expect upon our hypothesis, for the scorpions, where the resemblances are closest, are admitted by all to be the most primitive of the Arachnids and which naturally should possess the most ancestral type of respiratory organs. The other view, that the lungs are modified tracheae,^ leads into considerable difficulties for we then find the oldest stock, — the Stammform of the Arachnida — possessing the most highly differentiated organs of breathing, while in the most aberrant groups the tracheae have been retained in an unmodified condition. Again the Arachnida as a class, according to the observations of Plateau ('86) and Berteaux ('90), show an entire absence of those visible respiratory movements of the body wall which are so characteristic of Hexapods and Chilopods, a fact in full accordance with the thesis here maintained but not easily explained upon the standpoint of a common origin of all Arthropod tracheae.

Farther, the conversion of the gills directly into tracheal tubes is at present going on in the case of the Oniscid Crustacea where we have tubes lined with a chitinous intima penetrating to the interior of the organ and conveying air to the blood.

1 Bernard claims ('93) to have found traces of stigmata in the Pseudoscorpions behind this point, but apparently his discovery is not a new one for von Siebold pointed out, over forty years ago ('53, p. 370) that Bernard's predecessors had also mistaken the cutaneous insertion of muscles for stigmata.

2 This view is held by Sinclair ('92) who seems to ignore the possibility of there being two kinds of tracheae; and, influenced by his observations upon the peculiar dorsal tracheae of Scutigera, states his opinion " that we have a series from the simple tracheae found in Peripatus up to the complete lungs of spiders which is incapable of explanation in the present state of our knowledge, except as representing the stages of development of tracheae into the pulmonary organ of spiders." A few lines lower he seems to think that the derivation of the lungs of scorpions from gills implies a difference between spiders and scorpions greater than has been supposed.

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Cases like this clearly show us that tracheae may arise in different ways from different sources.

The presence of the so-called spiral thread in the tracheae of both Arachnids and Hexapods has been adduced as an argument in favor of the homology of the organs in both groups. As in both cases the tracheae are formed as invaginations of the external integument it is natural that they should consist of tubules of ectoderm lined with a chitinous intima, and the thinner this intima the easier the transfer of gases through it. But if it become too thin the tube is liable to total collapse by the pressure of the various viscera upon it and so the chitinous layer is developed into folds or corrugations, which when regularly arranged form the spiral "threads." In many spiders they are not regular and show clearly their origin in response to the mechanical conditions presented.

The greatest difficulty in connection with this view of the origin of tracheae from gills through the lungs is that presented by the Solpugids and certain Acarina where tracheal stigmata occur in the cephalothoracic region, where they should not occur according to our thesis. Yet until we know more of the structure and ontogeny of these organs the full weight of this objection cannot be properly estimated. A full history of Solpuga would settle many questions of arthropod morphology.

To summarize : The lungs of the scorpion arise in the same way and on the same somites as the gills of Limulus. In the one they sink into a pit, in the other they remain free. The homologies between the lungs and tracheae of Arachnida were demonstrated by Leuckart. Hence the lungs, the fan tracheae of authors, are to be regarded as the primitive, the bush-like the derived form, and these tracheae have no relation to those of Hexapods.

The comparisons between the nephridia of Limulus and those of the Arachnida have been made upon a previous page. The observations made by Laurie, Kishinouye, and myself have clearly shown that we have to deal here with structures homologous with the nephridia of the worms, although but a single pair may persist in its unmodified condition. We find, how


ever, nephridia occurring either in the young or the adult of other Arthropods, and hence a more accurate review of our knowledge becomes necessary. In Peripatus the investigations of von Kennell ('84), and especially of Sedgwick ('88), have shown that in each somite, except the posterior one, the coelom on either side divides into dorsal, lateral and ventral moities; the dorsal becomes converted into the gonad, while the ventral portion becomes converted one part into the nephridium and the lateral into the funnel and end sac. The connection between the dorsal and ventral portions of the coelom persists in the posterior somite, and from the cavity thus formed the genital ducts are developed, in other words, the posterior nephridia of Peripatus become modified for reproductive ducts. In the Hexapods Heymons ('90), Graber and Cholodkowsky ('9l)^ have described a similar division of the coelom into three portions, the gonad developing in connection with the dorsal portion; the formation of genital ducts, much as in Peripatus; and the development of the third division into a temporary structure to be regarded as the homologue of the nephridium of Peripatus, and which later disappears. In the Crustacea nephridial structures also occur. Our knowledge of them and of their relations to the coelom are most detailed in Decapod. Here Weldon ('89, '9l) has described a large coelomic dorsal sac, extending back to the heart and the gonads and connected ventrally with the green (antennal) gland, the character of which as a nephridium is thus placed beyond question.^ The position of the so-called "shell gland" is less certain, though all evidence goes to show that this is also to be regarded nephridial. As I pointed out several years ago this organ, opening in the Crustacea at the base of the second maxilla is apparently exactly homologous with the coxal gland of Limulus. Although recent researches l^oide supra) have changed our views

1 There is not full agreement between these authors as to the details of the process.

2 Both Grobben ('79) and myself ('89) have shown that the green gland of the decapod is mesodermal. Richenbach in his first paper upon Astacus ('77) stated that it was derived from the ectoderm. Although he was corrected in this by Grobben he reiterates his account in his later paper on the crayfish ('86) and ignores Grobben's correction.


of the somites of the Arthropods, still if the metastoma be admitted as an appendage in the Crustacea, the correspondence between the opening of the duct of their shell gland and that of the coxal gland is exact. Another fact which goes to show that the shell gland is ncphridial is, that it and the antennae gland but rarely coexist in the same individual (Nebalia, Claus).

From the evidence presented by the nephridia therefore, we are justified in the close association of the Arachnids and the Xiphosures, We are also apparently led to associate these two groups more closely with the Crustacea than with the Hexapod s.

The correspondence between the genital ducts of Limulus and those of the Scorpion is as close as that of the respiratory organs. In Limulus the genital ducts in both sexes open upon the posterior surface of appendage VII. In the scorpions Narayanan ('89) has shown that the genital operculum is a paired organ in both sexes and that the genital ducts open up on what is morphologically its posterior surface. Farther, Laurie's observations upon the development of the ducts show beyond a question that they belong to somite VII. In Limulus I have failed to see the development of the duct, it being apparently delayed even longer than in the scorpion.

There is to-day little doubt that the genital ducts of all Arthropods are to be regarded as modified nephridia. I have alluded, just above to the method of development of these structures in the Hexapods and in Peripatus. In the scorpion Laurie's account of their development would indicate that here, too, they are to be classed in the same category, the later appearance of their external opening being the greatest objection to such a view.

In the Crustacea we have, so far as I am aware, no direct observations upon the ontogeny of the ducts, but the facts of comparative anatomy are all but conclusive. Thus the relations of the gonads to the persistent coelom are such as would be required were the ducts segmental organs, while the varying position of the ducts themselves in the two sexes of the same species and the fact that in abnormal instances two pairs of ducts may occur in the same individual, show that they


must have been derived from some metameric structure connecting the coelom with the exterior, and the nephridia of the annelids are the most probable if not the only ducts which answer the conditions.

Limulus, the Arachnids, the Crustacea and the Chilognaths agree in having the genital ducts some little distance in advance of the posterior end of the body while in the Hexapods and Chilopods they are sub-terminal, but how much weight is to be given this point is not yet apparent.

The reticulate and anastomosing character of the genital ducts in Limulus and the Arachnids has been commented upon by Lankester. Such conditions are not paralled in the Arthropods except in certain Phyllopods. Again the existence of motile spermatozoa in both Limulus and Arachnids and their absence from all Crustacea except the Cirripedia has a certain value as cumulative evidence.

The correspondences between the circulatory systems of Limulus and the scorpions are remarkably close. In both there is the same median anterior aorta which divides and passes downward, as a pair of sternal arteries — one passing on either side of the oesophagus — which unite below in a ventral vessel in close connection with the ventral nerve chain. In the scorpions this ventral vessel consists of an artery 1 lying Jipon the nervous system, and following not only the ventral cord but the various metameric nerves which arise from it. This condition, which is characteristic of the adult scorpion is found in the earlier stages of Limulus. Later the neural artery completely envelopes the ventral cord and its nerves in the manner first pointed out by Owen ('55, p. 310) and later so elaborately described by the younger MilneEdwards ('72).

This relation between the neural artery and the ventral nerve chain is not confined to the Arachnids and Limulus ; a large supra-neural vessel occurs in the Isopods and a smaller one in the Amphipods, each connected with the dorsal vessel

1 Houssay ('87) claims that this vessel in the scorpion is lacunar rather than arterial, a view which is negatived by its well-marked walls and its lack of connection with the other extra-vascular spaces of the body.


by similar paired sternal arteries. A similar supra-neural vessel was described long ago by Newport ('43) in several Myriapods. The supra-neural vessel of the Chastopods will naturally suggest itself in this connection. In the Hexapods, on the other hand, the sternal arteries and the neural artery have disappeared, possibly as a result of their richly developed tracheal system. In Peripatus also no supra-neural vessel is found, the ventral vessel first described by Balfour ('83) lying in the body wall and the "blood spaces" shown in Sedgwick's monograph lying near the ventral cord, are lacunar rather than arterial.

The alimentary canal of Limulus and the Arachnids agrees in the fact that nearly the whole tract is composed of stomodaeum and mesenteron while the late appearing proctodaeum is short. They also agree in the metameric nature of the lobulation of the hepatopancreas, the lobes being at first outlined by the ingrowth of the mesodermic septa into the yolk. In the Hexapods on the other hand the proctodaeum appears much earlier and is comparatively long, at least equalling the stomodaeum in this respect. In the Crustacea on the other hand the mesenteron plays but an inconspicuous part in the formation of the digestive tube, it being mostly restricted to the so-called liver.

The possession of an entosternite which characterizes both Limulus and the Arachnids, the structure and relationships of which has already been discussed by Lankester ('84) is only paralleled outside these forms in a few Crustacea (certain Ostracodes, Claus, '92).

The argument for the association of Limulus with the Crustacea and its separation from the Arachnids, based upon the possession of biramous appendages, has been accorded more weight than seems justifiable. At no stage of development do we find a biramous condition in the cephalothoracic appendages of Limulus, while that of the abdominal appendages may prove to be far different from that of the Crustacea. It appears much later than in the Crustacea, is characterized by a hypertrophy of the exopodite, and lacks the evident segmentation found in most Crustacea.


On the other hand, we must not lose sight of the fact that numerous observers have recorded a biramous condition in the appendages of various " Tracheates." Among others we would mention the biramous pedipalps in Dendryphantes recorded by Croneberg ('80), the biflagellate antenna of an Indian Lepisma, and of an embryo Blattajavanica by Wood Mason ('79), the bifid condition of the antenna of Blatta by Wheeler ('89), while Patten ('84), in the same form describes the maxillae and labium as " formed respectively of two and three branches, the second maxilla thus attaining the typical trichotomous structure of the Crustacean appendages." Neither must we forget the peculiar antennse of the Pauropida in this connection.

The so-called Malpighian tubes (point 3.) have a far different bearing upon the classification of the Arthropods from that which they were supposed to have a few years ago. In fact, two entirely different structures have been included under the one name, and the existence of excretory tubules in both Hexapods and Arachnids, instead of proving the close relationship of the two groups, is, in view of our present knowledge,, an argument against it. In the Hexapods these organs have been shown by numerous observers to be of proctodeal, and,, therefore, of ectodermal origin. In the Arachnida the supposed homologous organs, to which the same name has been given, are, in all probability, outgrowths from the mesenteron, and hence entodermal. This has been shown by Loman ('86-7) for both the tetra- and the dipneumonous Araneina, and by Laurie ('90) for the scorpion.i Hence these organs, — ectodermal in the one group, entodermal in the other — instead of indicating community of descent for Arachnids and Hexapods, must rather be regarded as indicating that the group Tracheata as usually limited is polyphyletic in origin.

1 Kishenouye ('90) claims that in the Araneina both the Malpighian tubules and the stercoral pocket are derivatives of the mesoderm, the cavity of the latter being^ the coelom of that region of the body. This is on its face improbable. It would seem that the failure of many investigators to recognize that these tubules are entodermal in origin was due to the fact that since they were known to be ectodermal in the Hexapods, they have been used as regional tests, the fact that they arose from a certain part of the alimentary canal being sufficient reason for regarding that portion as proctodeal. Beddard's view ('89) that the Malpighian tubes are derived from nephridia secures no support in the Arachnida.

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Again, as I previously argued, the existence of similarly placed tubules in certain Amphipods can be advanced as an aro-ument for the closer association of the Arachnids and the Crustacea. Still exact knowledge of these tubules in the Amphipoda is lacking. Nebeski ('80) regards them as diverticula of the hind-gut, while Spencer ('85), upon histological grounds, regards them as outgrowths of the mcsenteron and hence, like those of the Arachnids, entodermal. It must be said, however, that this evidence is not conclusive, as the limits of the hindgut are not clearly ascertained, and the assumption that these are entodermal is based upon the absence of a chitinous cuticule (Spencer, '85, PI. XIII, Fig. 2) and by a break in the character of the epithelium in the alimentary canal at the point of origin of these tubes, the tubes themselves apparently belonging to the anterior portion.

All, then, that can be argued from the various structures known as Malpighian tubules is that homoplastic and analogous organs, rather than exact homologues, are included under this name ; that their existence in both Arachnids and Hexapods is an argument against the close association of these forms and that their absence in Limulus can only be used as a negative argument of little weight. In this connection the conditions figured on PI. XIII, Fig. 88, deserve more detailed study in later stages.

The presence of salivary glands in the '* Tracheates " and their absence from the " Branchiates " (Crustacea, Limulus) is possibly to be explained by the different method of life of the members of the two groups — aquatic in the latter, terrestrial in the former. It is, however, to be noted that salivary glands have been recognized in Astacus (Lang, '89, p. 344), while renewed studies must be made of the so-called salivary glands of the Arachnida before we are certain of their homology with those of the Hexapods. Several organs which have been called salivary glands among the spiders and their allies have been shown to be coxal glands {i.e. nephridia) or poison glands, and it is possible that all of these organs may have different homologies than those indicated by the name usually applied to them.


There is one point of resemblance between the Arachnids and the Hexapods which may have no inconsiderable weight. In the Scorpions as in the Hexapods, the embryo develops those as yet unexplained foetal membranes which so closely simulate those of the higher vertebrates. It may be that here, as in other places, we have similar but not identical organs. The accounts of their development in the Arachnids by Metschnikoff, Kowalevsky and Schulgin, and Laurie differ considerably, and until we know something of the ancestry and real meaning of the structures which are united under this head we cannot be certain of the taxonomic value to be placed upon them. It may be noted here that the structures described by Bruce ('87) as occurring in the spiders are in all probability not amnion and serosa, but either the invaginations in connection with the brain or the inpushing to form the median eye.

The Classification of the Arthropoda,

As a result of my studies it would seem as if the Arthropoda must be divided in some such manner as that here given : —

Phylum Arthropoda.

Sub-Phylum Branchiata. Class Crustacea. Class Acerata.

Sub-Class Giijantostraca. Sub-Class Arachnida. ■"■ Sub-Phylum Insecta. Class Hexapoda. Class Chilopoda, Sub-Phylum Diplopoda (Chilognatha).

IncertcB Scdcs.






^ The attempt by Ilaller ('81) to separate the Acarina a^ a distinct class hardly seems warranted.


While the present is not the proper opportunity to support the above classification in detail, a slight amount of explanation seems necessary with regard to some of the novelties introduced above.

It has been shown, I think conclusively, that the relationship existing between the Arachnida and the Xiphosures is ■ very close ; that they have more affinities with each other than, on the one side, the Arachnida have with the other " Tracheates," or than Limulus has, on the other hand, to the Crustacea. For the class formed by the union of these forms I proposed, eight years ago, the name Acerata,i a modification of the term Accra applied by Latreille to the Arachnida alone. For the sub-class containing the Xiphosures and the Eurypterina I have followed Dohrn in modifying and adopting the term Gigantostraca of Haeckel. For essentially the same group Packard has proposed at different times the names Palzeocarida and Podostomata, while Steinmann and Doderlein (Elemente der Palaontologie) have applied to the same association of forms the term Palaeostraca.

The resemblances between the Acerata and the Crustacea are much closer than those between either and any of the other groups of Arthropods, and from the fact that in each respiration is effected by gills or by their homologues, developed in all cases as membranous expansions of the limbs, the older term Branchiata, used with enlarged scope, seems most applicable to the group or sub-phylum formed by their union.

The so-called Myriapoda seems to be a heterogeneous association of forms, polyphyletic in origin, and only associated together through the possession of many locomotor appendages. On the other hand, the resemblances between the Chilopods and the Hexapods are far more numerous and of far more sig 1 Since this use of the term Acerata Lankester has employed it ('90) as equiva' lent to the term Branchiata as limited in this article. Cholodkowsky ('91) objects to my group Acerata apparently more upon the inapplicability of the term than from any objection to the association of the Arachnids with the Xiphosures. As I think I have strengthened the ground for such union in the present article a name for the group becomes necessary, and as in both the Xiphosures and the Arachnids functional (if not morphological) antennas are entirely lacking, I may be permitted to continue the use of the term.


nificance than those between Chilopods and Diplopods (Chilognaths). This was pointed out some years ago by Mr. Pocock ('87), of the British Museum, while I, independently ('88), stated similar conclusions.

Until we know more of both the structure and the ontogeny of the Myriapod forms the correctness of this view cannot be regarded as settled, but in the present state of our knowledge the following facts seem important :

The Diplopod head bears, besides the antennae, but two pairs of appendages, — a pair of mandibles and a lower lip, composed of a pair of coalesced maxillae.^ In the Chilopod the conditions are as in the Hexapod, two pairs of maxillae being present.

In the Chilopods as in the Hexapods, each somite bears a single pair of appendages, while in the Diplopods the majority of the segments bear two pairs of appendages, and the researches of Heathcote show that each segment is in reality composed of two coalesced somites, a condition without parallel elsewhere in the Arthropoda. In the Chilopods there is a wide sternum separating the coxae of the ambulatory appendages ; in the Diplopods the coxae are approximate, and the sternum is exceedingly narrow, or even entirely absent.

In the Chilopods the stigmata, a pair to a somite, are lateral (dorsal in Scutigera), and are placed above and outside the insertion of the limbs, exactly as in the Hexapods. The tracheae which arise from them are branched, and the intima is thrown into a well developed spiral thickening as in the sixfooted insects. In the Diplopoda, on the other hand, the stigmata are beneath or even in the coxas, while the tracheae (except in the Glomeridas) are tufted and unbranched, and the thickening of the intima is poorly developed.

In the Diplopods there are well developed foramina repugnatoria upon the sides of each somite of the body. Such

1 The attempt made to show that this lower lip is a " gnathochilarium " composed of the two coalesced lower jaws, or first and second maxillae of the Chilognaths receives no support from the embryology of Julus (Heathcote '88), where there is but a single somite when the hypothesis calls for two. Further the innervation of the sense organs of the lower lip {cf. vom Rath. '86, PI. XX, Fig. i) shows that but a single pair of appendages is concerned in the part.

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structures are absent from the Chilopods (as from the Hexapods), except in a few Geophilidae, where repugnatorial glands occur, opening by foramina in the mid-ventral line.

In the Chilopods the reproductive organs consist of paired ^ gonads situated above the alimentary canal and opening to the exterior by ducts which are at first paired, but which later unite into a common tube which leads to a single external opening situated in the penultimate segment of the body. In the Hexapods the conditions are almost exactly the same ; the gonads are dorsal, the genital ducts unite (except in Ephemeridae), and there is a single external opening, always at the posterior end of the abdomen. In both Hexapods and Chilopods the spermatozoa are motile. In the Diplopods there is a single unpaired gonad situated beneath the alimentary canal, and the genital duct, passing forward, divides into two, each of which has its own opening at the bases of the legs of the second post cephalic segment. The spermatozoa are quiescent.

We know so little of the embryology of the Myriapods that the aid of development can be had to only a slight extent in our comparisons, but the facts which it affords seem important. In the Chilopods the embryo escapes from the egg with numerous ambulatory appendages, a pair to each somite. The same is true of the typical Hexapods, all later observers agreeing that a polypod precedes a hexapod condition. The young Diplopod escapes from the egg in a hexapod condition, and the presence of these six legs has been seized upon as a proof of the near association of these forms. An exact comparison, however, seems to show that the two are in reality very unlike as appears in the following table.^

1 Single in Scolopendra.

2 As nothing is known of the existence of a tritocerebral segment in the Diplopods, the comparison can only be made upon the basis of the appendages of the adult. If the tritocerebral segment should prove lacking in the millepeds the contrast will prove stronger than it now is. The statement of the Diplopod appendages is based upon Heathcote ('88).

No. 2.]





Appendage I









Maxilla i

Lower Lip


Maxilla 2

Foot I


Thoracic Foot i ^


" VI

Thoracic Foot 2


Foot 2


Thoracic Foot 3

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The result of these comparisons is sufficient, I think, to justify the dismemberment of the old group Myriapoda and the association of the Chilopoda with the Hexapoda in a group to which the much abused term Insecta may be applied, while, until more definite knowledge be obtained, the Diplopoda must be allowed to stand alone. The position of the Pauropoda is as yet very uncertain as we are almost entirely ignorant of their internal structure. In the tendency towards a fusion of somites, in the lack of a second pair of maxillae, and in the positions of the external paired openings of the genital ducts at the base of the second pair of ambulatory appendages they show undoubted affinities with the Diplopoda; but the peculiar triramous antennae and especially the characters of the hexapod young (if Ryder's (79) figure of the young of Eurypauropus be correct) militate against this view.

The Malacopoda^ (Peripatus) are also frequently placed in close association with the Myriapods, but it may be that their status as members of the Arthropod phylum is not beyond question. In the following points they differ from all "Tracheates" and also from all Arthropods, while in just these same points they show affinities with the Annelids: —

The presence of functional nephridia in each body segment; the presence of well developed coxal glands {cf. setiparous glands of Annelids) ; the existence of an outer circular muscular

1 Malacopoda, Blanchard 1847; Onychophora, Grube 1853; Protracheata, Moseley 1874.


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layer in the body wall; the absence of striation from all muscles except those of the mouth parts; the presence of cilia in the alimentary canal and in the nephridia; the situation of the antennse as outgrowths from the primitively preoral region {cf. supra p. 232); the muscular nature of the pharynx, unlike that of any Arthropod and strikingly like that of certain Chaetopods. The eyes too are unlike the visual organs of any other Arthropod but as figured by Balfour they closely resemble these organs in Autolytus. It is noticeable that Balfour has described ('83) a pair of problematical organs upon the lower surface of the brain of P. capcnsis (the auditory organs of Grube, '53). Sedgwick has shown that these organs are developed by an invagination of the cerebral surface while the slight account given by Balfour of the adult structure at once suggests a degenerate eye formed upon the same plan as the functional one. In Autolytid worms a second pair of eyes occur at the same point.

On the other hand the Arthropod structures are not to be ignored; the tracheae; the appendicular jaws; the setting aside of a pair of nephridia for genital ducts; the heart, with several paired ostia, enclosed in a pericardium; the lacunar circulation, and the reduced coelom.

To the discussion of the position of the Pycnogonids and the Tardigrades I can add nothing. Morgan ('9o) has, it seems, shown that the Pycnogonids present certain features both in ontogeny and in adult structure which can only be paralleled in the Arachnids, while the Tardigrades may have no other claim upon a position in the same group than that afforded by their eight ambulatory feet.

For many years the general consensus of opinion has been to the effect that the Trilobites are closely related to the Xiphosures. We unfortunately know but little regarding the structure of the Trilobites aside from the features presented by the dorsal surface. For our knowledge of the appendages we have to thank the papers of Billings ('70) and Walcott ('81 and '84). From Billings' paper (and from electrotypes of his specimens which I have studied) we can learn but little except the presence of jointed appendages. Walcott's researches tell much more, but the facts which they have added all are


opposed to the close association of the Trilobites with Limulus. The body of Limulus, it must be remembered, possesses an anterior cephalothorax bearing six pairs of circumoral chelate appendages without differentiation into exopodite and endopodite,^ and with no trace of gills. In the Trilobite but four pairs of appendages occur in this region. Hence, if the "head" of the Trilobite is to be compared with the cephaloth.orax of Limulus we must assume — for which we have as yet no evidence — that two pairs of appendages have been lost from the Trilobite. The abdomen of Limulus bears six oairs of broad leaf-like appendages, the posterior five pairs having lamillate gill books upon the posterior surface. In the corresponding region of the Trilobite, the thorax, we have an indefinite number of somites, each of which bears the typical Crustacean foot, consisting of basiopodite, exopodite, and endopodite, and, outside the exopodite, occupying the same position as the gill in the Decapod, a straight or curiously coiled structure interpreted by Walcott as the gill. In the horseshoe crab the abdominal region extends to the anus, behind which comes the non-segmental tail. In the Trilobites the thorax is followed by a segmented pygidium on which the series of appendages^ is continued to the end, and there is no evidence of a supra-anal telson.

The necessary conclusion is that the appendages of the Trilobite vary in number and differ totally in structure from those of Limulus, and the association of the Trilobites with the Xiphosura is not warranted by our present state of knowledge. The trilobites would appear to be true Crustacea, the sessile eyes and general shape of the body allying them to the Isopods,

1 The flabellum of the sixth appendage cannot be considered as a representative of the expodite since it develops later than the rest of the limb, develops independently of it and only in the later embryonic stages does the base of the leg enlarge so that it is included.

2 Walcott continues the series of ambulatory appendages through thi-s region, but Professor Mickleborough ('83), who found the specimen forming the basis of Walcott's second paper ('84), thinks that these pygidial appendages were lamellar. Henry Woodward ('70) describes what he considers as the jointed palpus of one of the " maxillas " of Asaphus with seven articulations beyond the basal joint.

2 54 KINGSLEY. [Vol. VIII.

while the biramous appendage and the epipodial gills would rather indicate relationships between the Phyllopods and the lower Podophthalmia. It will prove a profitable field for some student of Arthropod morphology to repeat Walcott's earlier investigations. It will be noticed that I place the grounds for rejection of the association of Limulus and the Trilobites upon different grounds from those advanced by Owen ('72, pp. 491493) and the older Milne Edwards ('8l).

Tufts College, Mass., Mar. 12, 1893.



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Fig. 40. Longitudinal section of an embryo with cephalic and caudal areas and one intermediate somite developed. The arrows mark the limits of the somite.

Fig. 41. Through primitive streak in advance of mouth, Stage C, early.

Fig. 42. Transverse through the posterior primitive streak, Stage C, early.

Fig. 43. Transverse through the anterior end of the primitive streak ("mouth"), showing coelom of somite I, Stage C, early.

Fig. 44. Through primitive streak and marginal groove. Stage C, early.

Fig. 45. Longitudinal section through an embryo of Stage C, late.

Fig. 46. Longitudinal section (a little oblique) through an embryo, with eight somites developed, showing a coelomic cavity developed in each of the anterior seven somites.

Fig. 47. Obliquely transverse section. Stage C, showing the neural anlage, ccelom I, and the segmental structure (? gland) of somite II.

Fig. 48. Through somite V, Stage C, late. (Through a misunderstanding on the part of the lithographer this and Figs. 49 and 52, representing only one side of the body, are so turned upon the plate that the median plane is oblique.)

Fig. 49. Transverse through the abdomen. Stage C, late.

Fig. 50. Transverse through somite IV, showing the segmental structure (dorsal organ) of that somite, Stage D.

Figs. 51, 52, 53. Transverse sections through somites V, VI, and VII, Stage E, showing the ccelomic cavities in each and the segmental structures (. glands) in V and VI.

Fig. 54 a-i. Modifications of the coelom of somite V, Stage H, into the nephridium ; Fig. 54 i is the most anterior. In this «. a. refers to the anterior bend of the nephridial tube.

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Fig. 60. Longitudinal section of the nephridium after the duct is open to the exterior. The external opening is plainly on the posterior surface of the basal joint of the fifth appendage while the loop of the duct extends nearly to somite II L

Fig. 61 a-e. Horizontal sections through the nephridium, Stage I.

Fig. 61 f and g. Reconstructions (in wax) of the nephridium represented in Figs 61 a-e.

Fig. 62. Reconstruction (in wax) of the nephridium of Stage L. To be compared with GuUand's ('85) Fig. 2. (Is exaggerated in transverse diameter.)

Fig. 63. Longitudinal section of a portion of the abdomen showing the early appearance, by splitting, of somatoplure and splanchnoplure in that region. In the neural anlage («. a.) can be seen the inpushing of nuclei for rapid cell proliferation producing the pitted appearance shown in Fig. 29.

Figs. 64 and 65. Transverse sections of the heart Stage H, Fig. 65, being the more anterior and the plane of section 64 passing through appendage V.

Fig. 66. Heart, transverse. Stage I.

Fig. 67. Transverse section through abdomen, the section passing through the operculum, Stage I.

Fig. 68. From the same series as Fig. 67, but more posterior.

Fig. 69. Transverse through oesophagus, oesophageal commissures and sternal artery. Stage I.

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Fig. 71. More posterior, showing that the neural artery is paired above and below and also showing connection of dorsal and ventral parts of neural artery.

Fig. 72. Horizontal section, Stage L, through proventriculus, sternal arteries and anterior end of mesenteron with ducts of the hepato-pancreas.

Fig. 73. From the same series as 73, but passing through heart and showing the bifurcation for sternal arteries, an.

Fig. 74. Section from same series as Figs. 69-7 1 , ^>assing through fifth pair of legs.

Fig. 75. Through the abdomen, Stage L.

Fig. 76. From the same series as Fig. 74, showing the connection of sternal arteries with the heart and then splitting for the stomodaeum.

Fig. 77. Reconstruction (wax) of the anterior end of the heart, sternal arteries and neural artery, Stage K. At the left is shown the cavity for the ventral cord ; the dark spots mark the places for the exit of nerves.

Fig. 78. Long section through the abdomen, Stage G, showing the pit-like invaginations behind appendages VII and VIII.

Fig. 79. Operculum and anterior gill-bearing appendages, Stage I. (VII and VIII should read VIII and IX respectively.)

Fig. 80. First and second gill-bearing appendages. Stage L.

Fig. 81. Longitudinal median section, Stage L, in which the connection between the mesenteron and proctodaeum is not yet made.

Fig. 82. Longitudinal section, Stage I.

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Fig. 83. Horizontal section, Stage I, to show the relations of the mesenteron and lobes of the hepatopancreas.

Fig. 84. Transverse through an embryo of Stage L, to show the conversion of yolk cells into the epithelium of the alimentary canal.

Fig. 85. Longitudinal section through the junction of stomodseum and mesenteron, Stage L, before the connection of the lumens, to show the transformation of yolk cells into the columnar epithelium of the midgut.

Fig. 86. Late Stage L showing the first hepatopancreatic duct.

Fig. 87. Late Stage L through the third pair of appendages.

Fig. 88. Longitudinal section through the oldest larva studied, showing the junction of mesenteron and proctodseum. The section was not quite median and hence cuts off the folds in the proctodaeal region.

Fig. 89. Section of a leg, Stage L, to show the nerve surrounded by the artery.

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3. Spermatophores -73

4. Receptaculum seminis 274

5. Egg-laying '■ ^75

6. Transformations ^79

II. Maturation of the Ovum 280

1. Technique 2^°

2. Origin and developme7it of the ovum as a whole 282

3. Yolk-nucleus -"^4

4. Yolk formation -9^

5. Germinal vesicle as a whole 294

6. Nucleoli 296

7. Chromosojnes -99

8. General considerations 3°°

9. Atrophy of the germinal vesicle and formation of the polar bodies.... 301

III. Fertilization 309

1. General phenomena 3°9

2. Polyspermy 3^5

IV. Cleavage 3^9

V. Formation of the Blastopore 3^5

1. Technique 3^5

2. Segmentatiott cavity Z'^7

3. External appearances 3^8

4. Invagination 3-^^

VI. Fate of the Blastopore 334

1. Method of closure of the blastopore 33^

2. Neuropore and anus 34°

3. Primitive streak 34'

VII. Germ-layers and Notochord 347

1. Germ-layers 347

2. Notochord 35^



The work embodied in this paper was carried on at Clark University during the winters of 1890-91 and 1891-92, and during the summers of the same years at the Marine Biological Laboratory at Wood's Holl.

I gladly avail myself of this opportunity to acknowledge my great indebtedness to the University authorities for the privileges accorded me, and for the readiness with which every facility for work has been freely granted. I am under particularly deep obligations to Professor Whitman, in whose laboratories my studies have been pursued, and who has constantly furthered my work with inspiring suggestion and advice.

Through the kindness of Mr. A. C. Eycleshymer I have enjoyed the valuable privilege of comparison of certain stages of my work with his unpublished results upon Amblystoma. Such comparison has been of great service to me and I gladly acknowledge my indebtedness to him. To my friends Drs. Wheeler and Watase I am likewise deeply indebted for many friendly courtesies.

I. Natural History.

The smaller North American newt or "water-lizard" {Diemyctylus viridesccns, Raf.) is widely distributed^ throughout the northern and eastern part of the United States, and may be obtained easily and in great abundance.

My investigations have been made chiefly upon newts collected in the neighborhood of Worcester, Massachusetts. The animals in that locality can be readily captured with blind sweeps of a net in small shallow pools of a few feet in diameter, and also in ponds and lakes of considerable size. They frequent, for the most part, places with a soft, muddy bottom and an abundance of water plants such as Anacharis, Fontinalis and Ceratophylbwi ; in such spots they usually conceal themselves under fallen leaves and among the tangle of water weeds. On warm, sunny days in early spring, however, they bask openly in the sunshine in the shallow water close along shore. They are not as a rule found in swiftly running water; and in the large ponds they appear to prefer small bays and coves sheltered from the wind.


The males considerably outnumber the females ; of 426 individuals taken from many different localities at different times 280 were males. ^ The females are slightly larger and in the breeding season considerably heavier than the males. The five largest individuals measured were three females, respectively 11.3 cm., 11 cm., 10.6 cm., in length, and two males 10.5 cm. and 10.2 cm. The newts obtained from ponds of some size are as a rule larger than those from smaller bodies of water.

Food, etc. — The newts in their natural habitat are carnivorous. They are exceedingly voracious, and when freshly captured almost invariably have their stomachs distended with partly digested prey. They feed chiefly upon insect larvae and small mollusks which they swallow bodily. Among the most common objects in the stomachs of the newts are the mollusks, Bythinella, Valvata, Planorbis and Cyclas ; orthopteran and dipteran larvae ; small water-spiders ; encased Phryganid larvae ; small Crustacea and the like.

The females will take food eagerly all through the time of egg-laying. In this respect they differ from NecUiriis and from Amblystoma, since in the breeding season these larger urodeles refuse to take food. The longer duration of the period of oviposition in the newt as compared with many other amphibia may perhaps be correlated with this absence of the fasting habit.

In captivity, newts may thrive for several weeks without being fed, although they are kept in best condition by feeding about three times a week with earth-worms or v^'ith finely chopped beef. They become very tame in confinement, and exhibit a lively interest in the preparations for feeding them, even jumping an inch or two out of water to catch a piece of meat held over them by the forceps. They do not, however, discriminate between the meat and the point of one's finger, and will often leap into the air after the bare forceps. They

1 In the breeding season both sexes, particularly the males, lose some of their shyness and may be observed in their natural habitat without difficulty. Each female is usually surrounded by several — sometimes as many as ten or tv^^elve — suitors.

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appear generally to recognize the presence of food by smell or taste rather than by sight. If a few bits of chopped meat are put quietly into an aquarium the newts at first take no apparent notice of its presence, but after a few seconds they begin to stir around uneasily and are soon moving slowly over the floor of the aquarium with noses close to the bottom like hounds on the scent. As soon as a morsel of meat comes in contact with the snout it is snapped up with a quickness that is in marked contrast to the newt's previous ignorance of its precise whereabouts. When roused or very hungry, however, the newts will catch bits of sinking meat, rapidly swimming insect larvae, water beetles, and other moving objects. It seems reasonable to suppose that there are tactile corpuscles on the end of the snout which impart this ability to detect objects in motion. It often happens that when several newts are being fed together in the same aquarium, the legs and tails of some of them are snapped at by their indiscriminating fellows with quite as much avidity as are pieces of meat. The individuals thus attacked frequently emit a faint cry or squeak resembling the sound made by drawing a wet finger rapidly over a plate of glass.

In such cases, where the stimulus of the neighborhood of food causes the newt to snap at any moving object without regard to the object's connections, it certainly seems as if tactile and not visual sensations must be predominant. Bateson ('89) has shown that many fishes, such as the skate, dogfish, sole and sterlet, habitually rely upon scent (taste T) and to some extent upon touch in seeking their food, while sight plays little or no part. The newts appear in this respect to resemble closely these fishes. In the newt, as in other aquatic animals, there is probably little distinction to be drawn between taste and smell. The stimulus must necessarily be a special molecular vibration that informs the animal of the presence of a distant object. The sense is like that of "smell" in obtaining cognizance of bodies at a distance, and like that of "taste" in obtaining it through the medium of a solution.

With proper food and care newts are easily kept for a long time in captivity. I have kept 250 of them in aquaria from


October to May with only ordinary care and attention, not one of them dying during this time, I have also been able to obtain them directly from the ponds as late in the season as the 1 6th December and as early as the 2 2d February.

Spermatophores, etc. — I have described in an earlier paper ('9l) the chief phenomena attending the deposition of spermatophores, and need here add little to that description. Gage ('9l) has recently observed the deposition of spermatophores in the autumn, which occurs " exactly as described for the spring," and the same interesting occurrence is also noticed by Zeller ('9i). This curious anticipation of the normal breeding season I had previously observed, and at first regarded as due simply to the forced association of the two sexes in captivity at a somewhat higher temperature than that to which they are accustomed in their natural habitat, but I have since seen reason to think that production of spermatophores may take place sporadically in the autumn under natural conditions. I have on several occasions in the autumn months seen pairs in the ponds engaged in the preliminary ^^ Liebesspiel, but have at no time observed any approach to such an outbreak of sexual susceptibility as occurs in early spring. The observations of both Zeller and Gage were made solely upon specimens in confinement where the influences I have indicated above must be potent. There is no doubt, however, about the fact that spermatophores are sometimes discharged in the fall, whereas, in the midsummer months, so far as my observations go, this discharge does not occur, even in individuals in captivity.

The seminal receptacles of females captured in the autumn usually contain spermatozoa, although not in the same abundance as in spring. One may account for the presence of the spermatozoa by supposing either that they are the acquisition of a recent mating, or that they have been kept over from the preceding spring. It is possible that both explanations are valid in individual cases.

It is not very uncommon to see two males in the aquaria pass through all the stages of the Liebesspiel, even to the discharge of spermatophores, exactly as if they were of

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opposite sexes, but I was somewhat surprised to witness the same singular occurrence in the ponds and to repeat this observation on several occasions. The males in the aquaria are frequently attracted (by the odor }) toward a male that has just left a female and often succeed in frightening the female away; they then temporarily usurp her function, and by vigorous pushing against the cloacal region of the unsuspecting male in front cause him to discharge fruitlessly several spermatophores.^

Receptaadum seminis, etc. — At about the same time that my paper upon the spermatophores appeared, Alfred Stieda ('9i) published a description of the receptaculum seminis of the female European triton which renders superfluous any detailed description of this structure in Diemyctylus. Stieda's description appears to me fairly adequate, and agrees in all essential particulars with my own observations upon our North American genus. Stieda charges Heidenhain ('90) with having overlooked the function of the receptaculum in calling it a " rudimentary gland," but in making this charge lays himself open to the suspicion of having made an oversight of his own. The " rudimentary gland" referred to by Heidenhain (p. 201, ct. seq.) as the homologue of the " Bauchdruse " of the male exists, as Heidenhain states, in addition to the receptaculum. It seems probable that Stieda completely missed this structure. It is hardly likely that any one could mistake the female receptaculum for a "rudimentary gland."

Stieda apparently does not believe that the cells lining the receptaculum seminis have any secretory function whatever, although his figures assuredly do not forbid the assumption that such is the case. I have not found in Diemyctyhis any convincing evidence that these cells are truly secretory, but if we regard them as mere passive linings to the walls of the tubules, it is difficult to account for the entrance of the

1 Fig 2, Plate XV. represents a spermatophore just after deposition. It was stated in my earlier paper, through an oversight, that the gelatinous base of the spermatophore measured about six millimeters in diameter; the correct statement should read " about nine millimeters," though the size of the spermatophore is quite variable and depends on the size of the male discharging it.


spermatozoa. If I understand Stieda correctly he does not regard the receptacuhmi of the female as corresponding to any of the glandular structures so strongly developed in the male. A direct homology of the receptaculum with the pelvic gland of the male has, however, been affirmed without hesitation by Blanchard whose opinion I have quoted elsewhere ('9l), and of whose work Stieda seems to have been ignorant. As regards Dieviyctylus, the male pelvic gland certainly seems to occupy a position precisely equivalent to that of the receptaculum, but it is clearly futile to pronounce upon the absolute homology of the two structures without some study of their development, and this I have not made. The question is probably a barren one.

Fischer {'9i) has recently discovered the receptaculum in Geotriton, and, like Blanchard, homologizes it with the pelvic gland of the male, " da es namlich die entsprechende Lage einnimmt." The receptaculum in Gcotriton, according to Fischer, is unpaired. The tubules of the individuals that he examined contained no spermatozoa.^

Egg-laying, etc. — Females that have been kept in confinement all winter are not so apt to lay eggs in the spring as are individuals freshly captured. In some few cases I have obtained eggs from females kept in my aquaria during the winter, but, as a rule, only females taken during the spring months can be relied upon to furnish eggs in any number. Egg-laying begins about the loth April and is brisk until the first of June, then slowly falls off, and practically ceases by the first of July. It is probable that for a single individual the egg-laying season lasts for at least seven or eight weeks. The lono-est time over which I have actually observed the laying of a single

1 Fischer has drawn a curious conclusion from the presence of the receptaculum: "Wenn man sich noch einen Augenblick die Lage des receptaculums vor Auge halt, wie es gegeniiber den Oviducten liegt, wie hier der Samen jeden Augenblick bereit steht, um zur richtigen Zeit in den Uterus zu gelangen, so ist wohl richtig, was oben schon als wahrscheinlich bezeichnet wurde, dass der Geotriton fuscus zu lebendig gebarenden Amphibien gerechnet werden muss." (Fischer ('91), p. 24.) It is not at first glance apparent how the presence of a receptaculum renders any greater the probability that Geotriton produces living young ! A receptaculum exists in many egg-laying amphibia — to say nothing of other animals — and its presence or absence is not correlated in any way with viviparity.

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individual to extend is four weeks, but in this case the ovaries still retained large pigmented eggs, and under perfectly normal conditions egg-laying would undoubtedly have continued for some time longer. The appearance of the ovaries of freshly captured females which I examined at frequent intervals throughout the laying season fully justifies this view.

The largest number of eggs that I have observed a single female to lay in captivity is shown in the following table : —

Eggs laid by one female.




No. Eggs.


)• Eggs.

No. Eggs.

April 20,





May 2,


May 9, 12

" 21,





" 3,


" 10, 3

" 22





" 4,

" II, 16

" 23





" 5,


" 24,





" 6, 7,


" 13, I

" 25,





" 8,

Total, loS

In this particular instance the female was not in company with a male after the 24th April, yet she continued, for nineteen days after her separation, to lay eggs that developed normally. If she had been under perfectly natural conditions it is probable that she would have still continued to lay, since her ovaries were tolerably well filled with large pigmented eggs. It will be noticed that the number of eggs — ninety-six — laid after separation from the male is considerably larger than that observed by Gage who found indications "that for a single mating about six eggs may be internally fertilized, about the number found in the oviducts at one time." ('91, p. 1091). Numerous other observations corroborate my figures above. Furthermore, I have reason to think, as I shall state in the sequel (p. 309), that fertilization of the eggs does not take place in the oviducts. When egg-laying ceases prematurely it seems to me that it must be for other reasons than lack of male elements, since the supply of spermatozoa in the receptaculum is practically inexhaustible. It docs not seem to me necessary that more than one mating should occur in a single season, but I agree with Gage that in a state of nature several matings of the same female may and frequently do take place.


The eggs are laid singly as a rule, but occasionally two, and rarely three, may be deposited successively in the same nest. The eggs are laid between folds of a leaf of AnacJiaris or some similar water plant, or in a bunch of Fontinalis leaflets. (Fig. I, Plate XV). I have found eggs in the ponds wrapped in the same elaborate fashion as those laid in my aquaria. The eggs in the ponds are laid upon water plants in the localities usually frequented by the newts, and may sometimes be obtained in considerable abundance. The selection of a suitable spot for the laying of an egg often gives the female some little concern,, since she is rather fastidious in this particular, and will wander from plant to plant until a thoroughly satisfactory place is found. She then bestrides the chosen spray of water plant, and gathers in with her hind legs the surrounding shoots, pressing them close around her cloaca. She next turns on her side or occasionally on her back, and, with forelimbs outstretched and rigid, with hind-limbs and twigs completely hiding her cloaca, usually remains perfectly motionless for about six to eight minutes. At the end of this time she slowly leaves the "nest," which now holds an t.^^ well protected by a tangle of shoots glued together by the gelatinous secretion poured out of the cloaca.

I have observed a female begin to lay an Q,^g five minutes after laying the preceding one, but this is the shortest interval that has come under my notice ; usually the time elapsing between the deposition of two eggs is considerably longer than this. The largest number of eggs that I have seen laid by one individual in the course of twenty-four hours was seventeen.

The ripe ovaries of adult females consist of two paired sacs applied more or less closely to the dorsal wall and extending nearly the whole length of the body cavity. In an individual measuring about 9. i centimeters from tip to tip, the ovaries, when in position, are about 1.7 centimeters long, but they are flexed considerably upon themselves so that, when straightened, they are fully twice that length. These sacs are composed of two folds of epithelium, between which lie the eggs ; Schultze ('87) has appropriately called the outer of these layers the " Peritonealepithel," and the inner the " Innenepithel."

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The number of eggs in each ovary and the weight of the ovaries, are indicated in the following table :

No. Eggs

No. Eggs

Length of Animal.


Wt. Rt,

. Ovary.

Rt. Ovary.

Wt. Lft. Ovary.

Lft. Ovary.

9.1 cm.

3.20 grm.




.20 grm.




















The relative weight of the mature ovaries to the weight of the whole body is about one to nine. The " number of eggs " given in the table is the number plainly visible to the naked eye ; the number visible with even a low power of the microscope is of course far greater than this. The number of large pigmented eggs measuring approximately one millimeter in diameter is about forty per cent, of the number given in the table. All of these pigmented eggs are in ordinary circumstances deposited in a single season ; the number of eggs laid by a good-sized female every year is consequently about 180-250.

The ovaries of females captured at the close of the breeding season contain no large pigmented eggs, and are stringy, lightcolored and greatly shrunken. The weight of the ovaries has greatly decreased as shown in the following table :

Length of AnimaL


Weight of Right Ovarj'.

Weight of Left Ovary.

8.2 cm.

1.86 grm.

.03 grm.

.03 grm.









1 0.0




That is to say, about one-tenth of the body weight is discharged in the form of eggs every year. It may be noticed also that the weight of females captured at the close of the laying season is distinctly lower than that of females taken in early spring. The average weight of the former is 2.05 grm. ; that of the latter, less the average shrinkage of the ovaries, 2.74 grm., while the average length of the individuals composing the two groups is about the same. This result is substantiated by other weighings and measurements which it is not necessary to give in detail. There is hence a loss of bodyweight, in addition to the direct loss of egg-substance, during


the laying season, amounting possibly to one-fourth of the total weight. This may be partly due to the not inconsiderable amount of substance that goes to form the protective membrane of the t^g, and partly to the conversion of body-substance into yolk during the laying season. One might be tempted to explain this loss of body-weight by increased katabolism of the tissues, due to higher temperature, were it not for the fact that the males, although strikingly thin and exhausted at the end of the period of ^^ Liebesspiel, gain rapidly in plumpness and weight as the summer advances. The true explanation seems to lie rather in the directions first indicated.

Transformatiojis, etc. — Gage ('9i) in his recent interesting paper, describes and figures the external developmental stages that the newt passes through, and arrives at the important conclusion that the well-known red, terrestrial form — the so-called variety miniatiis — is merely a stage in the life-history of the species, and is not to be regarded as a distinct variety. Although I have not had these animals under observation long enough to warrant me in expressing a very decided opinion on this point, I feel fairly confident, from what I have seen, that Gage's main contention is correct. One of the first things that strikes the collector of the aquatic form is the comparative absence of all newts below a certain general grade of development. These young and immature individuals are not to be found in water, by using a net with finer meshes, but may be discovered on land by turning up the stones and logs on the shores of the pond, and one is hence tempted to infer what Gage has concluded, viz. that the red, terrestrial form is merely an immature condition of the common aquatic newt. Gage has given us an interesting discussion of the causes that may have led to this curious change of color and habitat.

I do not yet feel prepared to say that I regard the assumption of the terrestrial habit as a necessary stage in the development of every individual. It is quite possible that certain individuals attain maturity without ever leaving the water, although perhaps the great majority of newts pass their Wanderjahre on land.

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I may add that Gage has appended to his paper an annotated bibliography that must win the gratitude of future students of the natural history of the newt.

II. Maturation of the Ovum.

The phenomena of maturation may be taken in their broadest sense to include all the progressive changes in the ovum from its youth up, and cannot strictly be limited to the nuclear changes immediately preceding fertilization. Indeed one may hold with some reason that the early stages of oogenesis are no less significant than the later.

In amphibian ova two general stages of development may conveniently be distinguished : the early, constructive, or as it may be called, anabolic period, during which the yolk is elaborated and the full size of the ovum reached ; and a second period, beginning with the remarkable regressive metamorphosis of the germinal vesicle, and culminating in the expulsion of the polar bodies. The accumulation of yolk may be considered quite as essential to "ripeness" as the extrusion of nuclear substance, since, so far as we know, both are invariable preliminaries to the normal union of male and female pronuclei. It is a fact especially worthy of notice that the germinal vesicle undergoes a progressive development up to the time when yolkformation is practically completed, and only then begins to show signs of degenerative change ; this significant fact must be taken into account in all conjectures as to the functional role of the amphibian egg-nucleus.

The maturation phenomena in amphibian ova have been so often and so thoroughly studied, that, where my observations are in full harmony with those of my predecessors, I shall either refrain from all reference to the fact, or shall content myself with bare mention of it without entering into superfluous details.

Technique. — I have found the two most satisfactory killing agents for the ovarian eggs to be hot water (80° C), and Flemming's chrom-aceto-osmic mixtures. In my experience I have found no advantage in leaving the eggs longer than two hours in Flemming's mixture, and though I have used a solu


tion of the strength recommended by O. Schultze ('87) I have not reached his successful result with so long an immersion as twenty-four hours. This may perhaps be due to the comparatively small size of Dianyctyhis eggs and their consequent speedier penetration by the fluid.

After an immersion of two hours in Flemming's mixture the eggs are washed repeatedly with distilled water and 35 per cent, alcohol, and then transferred to 50 per cent, alcohol, where they remain for an hour, after which they are hardened in 70 per cent, alcohol for from twelve to eighteen hours. They are finally passed successively through 95 per cent, alcohol, absolute alcohol and xylol (or turpentine), not remaining above an hour in each, and are imbedded in paraffine. After repeated trials of Schultze's method of leaving the eggs for twenty-four hours in each of the different grades of alcohol, I was obliged to abandon it as eminently unsatisfactory for Diemyctyhis eggs. A short stay in the alcohols afforded me much better results.

I have stained in toto by putting the eggs, after their stay in 70 per cent, alcohol, into borax carmine or alum cochineal for twenty-four hours, and have in this way obtained excellent preparations, particularly with the cochineal. For staining on the slide I have used Mayer's method of fastening the sections to the slide with albumen fixative.

If the eggs are killed with hot water and then passed slowly through rising grades of alcohol the results are quite as satisfactory as those reached with Flemming's mixture. In some respects, even, they surpass the latter, since shrinkage of the germinal vesicle is less frequent with hot water than with any other method. The eggs are dropped into water of about 80° C. for a few seconds, and then passed at once into weak alcohol and slowly up to the higher grades.

Perenyi's fluid and Kleinenberg's picro-sulphuric mixture do not seem well adapted for use on the ovarian Q.^g. The latter, in particular, badly distorts nuclear appearances.

For study of the young living Q^'g I have relied chiefly upon examination of perfectly fresh specimens in physiological salt solution, though I have found both silver nitrate and methyl green very helpful in determining certain points.

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Origin and Development of the Ovum as a Whole. — I have not yet completed my study of the differentiation of the germcells in the larva, and shall confine myself here to a brief description of the formation of the ova in the mature female. In the adult, as has been stated, the ova arise between two folds of epithelium and originate directly from the epithelial cells of the outer or so-called germinal epithelium (Fig. 4, PI. XV). My observations on this point agree substantially with those of Iwakawa ('82), and I have frequently found in silver nitrate preparations appearances like those figured by him in Figs. 3, 5, and 6, PI. XXII. The epithelial cells that give rise to ova are to all outward seeming exactly like the other peritoneal cells. As soon as the germ-cell becomes recognizable as such, other epithelial cells are seen crowded around it, and eventually some of these form the follicle cells of the young ovum.

I have not been able to determine to my own satisfaction whether follicle cells and ovum originate immediately from a single germinal epithelium cell, or whether the young ovum is a lineal descendant from a primordial ovum and the follicle cells from primordial follicle cells. Considered cytogenetically, however, both follicle and ovum, if the line of cell descent only be pushed back far enough, must have had a common origin from a single cell somewhere in the developmental history of the larva. There is no valid morphological support for a belief in an early analysis into definite ova on the one hand and into definite follicle cells on the other, and I can see no inherent improbability in the view that the analysis into ovum and follicle occurs at a comparatively late stage in the development of the germinal epithelium.

At the same time, however, I incline to the view taken by Iwakawa ('82) and Hoffmann ('86) that the follicle takes its rise from the germinal epithelium contemporaneously with the ovum, and that follicle and ovum do not have immediate origin from the same cell. Fig. 4 shows a well developed ovum, with the follicle cells just beginning to grow over it from the superjacent epithelium, and indicates a condition similar to that described by the observers just cited. The cells of the


germinal epithelium abutting on the germ-cell appear to accompany the latter in its passage below the surface, and to become its enveloping sheath. But I cannot regard these appearances as conclusive and must still leave open the possibility of a late "analysis" of one of the "primordial ova" into true follicle and ovum. It is an hypothesis not altogether without warrant that all the germinal epithelium cells may at the start be very similar, or even identical, and that local conditions may bring it about that some shall develop into ova and others into follicle cells.

Starting with the young ovum just sinking beneath the surface of the other germinal epithelium cells we may conveniently separate its history into the two periods already mentioned, the period of the accumulation of food-stuff, and the period of the changes that qualify the female nucleus for union with the sperm nucleus. The first period is marked by the advent of new elements in the cytoplasm, and by rapid increase in size of the ovum ; the second by the comparative cessation of cytoplasmic phenomena, and by striking internal changes in the germinal vesicle.

The germinal vesicle in a young &g%, before any yolk spherules are apparent, is about half the diameter of the egg itself, measuring .07 mm. in an egg .13 mm. in diameter. Fig. 4 shows that in an even younger stage the germinal vesicle occupies a slightly larger proportional share of the ^^g space. The egg as a whole increases m size though not in complexity up to a diameter of about .3 to .4 mm. when the first traces of yolk begin to darken the field. (Fig. 7, Plate XV.) The germinal vesicle up to this time has increased pari passu with the whole Qg%, and in an ^gg of .4 mm. in diameter measures .2 mm. From now on, however, while the yolk is grad.ually forming, the growth of the whole &gg far outstrips that of the nucleus. In an egg of 1.3 mm., which is very nearly the average size of mature eggs, the germinal vesicle is only about .3 to .4 mm. and rarely exceeds that proportion. In other words the volume of the germinal vesicle compared with the volume of the whole egg before yolk formation is about 1:8; in the mature ^gg it does not exceed 1:35.

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The stage of pre-eminently cytoplasmic phenomena to which we first turn is distinguished in amphibian ova by the appearance and elaboration of the yolk, and by the advent of certain enigmatical structures, the so-called yolk-nuclei.

Yolk-nucle2is. — The so-called yolk-nucleus (Dotterkern) of the amphibian ^^g appears to have been first observed by Cramer ('48) who discovered it in the ovarian eggs of Rana teviporaria in 1846. He describes it as a "little ball of granules," which, as the Q,g^ becomes larger, spreads out into "an elegant half-moon" around the germinal vesicle, and, finally degenerating, mixes completely with the substance of the ^g%. In the previous year a similar body had been seen by V. Wittich ('45) in the ovarian eggs of spiders, but whether this concentrically ringed structure is in any way comparable with the body found in the amphibian ^^^ was then and is still to this day an open question. Further studies by v. Wittich, V. Siebold and Cams failed to shed much light on the significance of this concentric body in spiders' eggs. v. Wittich ('49) found it upon the surface of the yolk in freshly laid spider eggs, and speaks of it as " a hollow, thick-walled capsule filled with liquid." Carus ('50) was the first to apply the name Dotterkei'ti to this element of the o^gg. He refers to Cramer's observations upon the similar body in the ^^g of the frog, and is inclined to homologize the two structures.

Practically nothing was added to these early and fragmentary observations upon the yolk-nucleus until the investigations of Lubbock and of Gegenbaur in 1861. Gegenbaur ('61) discovered in the avian ^g^ " einen fast scharf umschriebenen runden Fleck . . . mit dem Keimblaschen hat er keine Beziehung, denn dieses liegt immer entfernt von ihm." Gegenbaur does not commit himself to any definite view on the significance of this " constant element " of the egg, but is evidently inclined to regard it as in some way connected with the origin of the yolk granules.

Lubbock ('6I) described and figured a body which he observed in young Myriopod eggs of several genera, but was doubtful as to its homology with the concentric structure observed in Arachnid eggs, and prudently refrained from at



tributing any special importance to it. "I have," he writes, " several times been inclined to look upon it as a mere accidental agglomeration of yelk ; but it is, I think, too regular and too constantly present."

Since 1861 the yolk nucleus has been described and figured by nearly every worker upon Arachnid, Myriopod or Amphibian ova. An analogous body has also been observed in Crustacea (Reichenbach, '77), in Mollusca (v. Ihering, '77), and many other groups, but it is doubtful if there is any community of relation whatever between these structurally different bodies. With few exceptions these numerous observations have done little towards explaining the significance of the "yolk nucleus" in any one of the groups of animals in which it appears.

Balbiani ('64^ '64^) was the first to observe the yolk-nucleus in the egg of Myriopods {Gcophihis), where it appeared to him as " une petite vesicule," much smaller than the germinal vesicle, and lying close to the periphery of the egg. He describes circumstantially the formation of a layer of granules around the vesicule and the subsequent migration of these granules to distant parts of the egg. It was chiefly this phenomenon that led him to believe that the small vesicle was the formative center for the nutritive elements of the Qgg. He also advanced the view that the substance of these eo-o-s consists of a "partie germinative fondamentale et d'une partie nutritive, chacune de ces parties se constitue isolement et pour son propre compte." This separation between the germinative and nutritive elements is, according to Balbiani, primordial, and dates from the first stages of the egg.

In a paper published some time afterwards, Balbiani ('73) modifies his views regarding the "cellule embryogene " as he now prefers to call it. From his observations upon the Teleostean egg he concluded that the cellule has its birth in the epithelium of the follicle — in some such way as van Beneden and Julin ('87), and Morgan ('90) claim is followed in the formation of those strangely similar bodies, the Ascidian test-cells. In some Teleosts Balbiani finds a straight canal or pathway leading from the follicle into the

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egg substance, and his embryogenic cell lying at the bottom of this canal. He regards the external origin of this body as streno-thening his view of a fundamental difference between it and the germinal vesicle and as an additional reason for insisting on the separation of the nutritive and germinative elements of the ovum. Balbiani does not agree with v. Bambeke that the embryogenic cell disappears before the ^gg reaches maturity, but holds that it persists even after fertilization.

In a later paper Balbiani ('83) brings forward some new observations, which, if confirmed, are certainly important. He finds that the eggs of GeopJiilus, when treated with dilute acetic acid show a process of the germinal vesicle which projects into the body of the egg. There are sometimes several of these processes, each process consisting of a double tube, the outer tube communicating with the nucleus, the inner with the nucleolus. The "vitellin protoplasm" at the outer extremity of these tubes becomes denser, and presumably receives substances through the tubes from the nucleus and nucleolus, and this vitelline protoplasm so comes to contain "tous les elements d'une cellule" ! These "corps intravitellins" then break away — though this part of the process was not directly observed — and can thereafter be recognized as true " noyaux vitellins." These " noyaux vitellins," according to Balbiani, now become follicle cells ! Whether Balbiani's views have undergone any further modification since the appearance of this last paper I have no means of knowing, but must confess to some bewilderment at the kaleidoscopic comprehensiveness of the views just stated.

Schutz ('82) at about this time published a brief account of his work upon the Dotterkern — principally in Arachnids — and after summing up the work of previous investigators concludes that the Dotterkern has a nutritive significance. Schutz, however, appears to have overlooked what was in many respects the soundest utterance on the amphibian Dotterkern. O. Hertwig ('77) observed the Dotterkern in the eggs of Rana, and concluded that very great morphological significance could not be attributed to it since it was not found in all amphibian ova.


" Mir scheint er einzig und allein mit der Bildung der Dottersubstanz in Beziehimg und eine eigenthiimliche locale Ansammlung von Nahrstoffen darzustellen." Hertwig suggests the name " Dotterconcrement " as preferable to that of Dotterkern, and justly criticises the term Dotterkern as applied to the body observed in the amphibian egg. I have, however, retained the name yolk-nucleus because of the wide currency that this name has already obtained, and because the designation " yolk-concrement " is open to the construction that this body is a mere concretion of yolk.

Sabatier ('83) describes the origin and fate of the yolk-nucleus as he observed it in the Arachnids : " ne dans le voisinage immediat de la vesicule germinative, il s'en eloigne progressivement. ... II devient plus granuleux et se desagrege progressivement. Ses elements divises en petits globules independante sont en partie resorbes par le vitellus, ou s'introduisent en partie entre les grosses spheres vitellines et viennent sourdre a la surface de I'oeuf pour se meler au protoplasme granuleux superficiel." From these observations he draws the remarkable conclusion that the " noyau vitellin " is to be regarded "comme un element de polarite male, qui se detruit comme tel pour accentuer et completer la sexualite de la cellule


Will (-84) advances a rather improbable view of the origin of these bodies in the amphibian and insect ova and appears to regard the phenomena in these two groups as practically identical. According to his observations some of the nucleoli in the germinal vesicle of the amphibian egg reach a comparatively large size, but do not differ from the others in their behavior to staining fluids or other reagents. One or more of these enlarged nucleoli pass out into the body of the egg and there as "yolk-nuclei" take part in the formation of the yolk. Will finds some cases in which the nucleoli change into epithelial cells, but, since in the long run these share in the formation of the yolk the "Endproduct" is the same.

Stuhlmann ('86) describes the origin of the Dotterkern in the arthropod egg and seems to regard it as originating independently in the cytoplasm. "Niemals aber konnte ich eine

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Entstehung aus clem Keimblaschen constatiren, wie Balbiani dies ftir Geophilus unci Will fur den Frosch angiebt." Stuhlmann agrees with Hertwig and Schtitz as to the significance of the Dotterkern. " Der Dotterkern stellt eine Concretion von dem besonderem, von dem gewohnlichem Dotter verschiedenem Nahrungsmaterial dar, das zu irgend einer Zeit vom Ei resorbirt wird."

The more recent observers of the Dotterkern have for the most part contented themselves with passing notices of its presence and general characteristics, and have not added materially to our knowledge of its relations and significance.

I have given this brief historical sketch of the observations on the " Dotterkern " as well for the purpose of calling attention to the interesting problems connected with this body, particularly in its occurrence in the Myriopod and Arachnid ova, as for emphasizing the entire absence of homology between the structures usually classed as yolk-nuclei.

In the newt the yolk-nuclei first become distinctly visible about the time of beginning yolk-formation, at which time several of these bodies appear nearly simultaneously in different parts of the ^g^. I have always found at least two and sometimes as many as nine in eggs of about the stage shown in Fig. 7. The number of yolk-nuclei in eggs of a more advanced development is no greater, and on the whole averages somewhat less than the number in eggs of this particular stage. I have no conclusive evidence of coalescence of these bodies, but am confident that some of them disintegrate. They all disappear completely some time before fertilization of the Qg^, and I have never been able to detect any trace of them in eggs that contained a maturation spindle.

In eggs of the stage shown in Fig. 7 the yolk-nuclei appear first as small, finely granular bodies, irregularly shaped and with their outlines poorly defined from the surrounding cellsubstance (Fig. 11). They stain more deeply than the cytoplasm, but still very feebly as compared with the developing patches of yolk. At a still earlier stage I have observed an appearance which can be best interpreted as a localized condensation of cytoplasm and a consequent greater avidity for


Staining fluids (Fig. 10, PI. XV). Whether or not these condensations are the immediate progenitors of such undoubted yolknuclei as that represented in Fig. 11, I am unable to decide, but it seems to me highly probable that such is the case. Between the latter and such complex bodies as that shown in Fig. 13, PL XV. are found all gradations. I think it exceedingly probable that in the newt the yolk-nuclei always arise first as condensations of the cytoplasm and subsequently increase in size and complexity with the growth of the ^gg}

At first they lie about half-way between the germinal vesicle and the periphery of the Q<gg and often maintain this relative position for some time, but eventually they draw nearer to the germinal vesicle and in large eggs are usually found in close contact with it. It is not unlikely that they sometimes fuse with the substance of the vesicle, but from sections it is of course impossible to obtain absolute proof of complete fusion. Certainly a more common fate would seem to be the gradual disintegration of these bodies and the dispersion of the derived granules around the germinal vesicle in the manner described by Cramer ('48) and Schultze ('87). This breaking up of the yolk-nuclei appears to be their ordinary fate, and I have often observed such a disintegration as is figured by Schultze ('8?) in Figs. 4«, j\b, 4c, Afd. As the yolk-nuclei approach the stage at which this resolution into granules takes place, they generally assume a somewhat complex structure. They become more sharply marked off from the surrounding yolk (Figs. 10, 11, 12 and 13, PL XV), and are usually differentiated into two elements, a coarsely granular portion staining feebly and resembling ordinary cell protoplasm, and a more compact portion of varying extent which stains deeply with carmine or alum cochineal. This highly stainable constituent often occurs irregularly disposed in two or more patches in a single yolk-nucleus as in Fig. 13, PL XV, and Fig. 16, PL XVI. This fact might perhaps be thought to countenance the view that these large yolk-nuclei arise from the union of several of the smaller bodies, but it is

1 1 have never seen anything that would indicate that the yolk-nucleus arises from a large nucleolus which has migrated mto the cytoplasm in the manner described by Will, and on this point am in full accord with Stuhlmann ('86).

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the only observation I have made that would tend to such an inference, and cannot in itself be regarded as convincing.

The yolk-nucleus in the egg of the newt, then, arises from the cytoplasm, and usually disintegrates in the cytoplasm. It is likely, however, as I have already intimated, that yolk-nuclei are sometimes fused with the germinal vesicle. I am strongly inclined to believe that such fusion actually occurs, although I am unable to produce any very conclusive evidence in favor of such a belief. The fact that a considerable number of yolk-nuclei in late stages of the ^gg are sunk in a hollow of the vesicle, and in some cases almost surrounded by its substance, gives strong ground for such an opinion. In Fig. 16, PI. XVI, is shown a yolk-nucleus apparently coalescing with the germinal vesicle. The union in this instance is less pronounced than is sometimes the case, and I have frequently obtained preparations which show the yolk-nucleus engulfed to half its extent.

Not uncommonly the yolk-nucleus in these later stages appears to be split up into irregular polygonal fragments (Fig. 13), but as this does not appear to be invariable no great significance can be attached to it. It is very likely a mere sign of approaching dissolution.

It is evident, I think, if we compare the observations above recorded with those upon the structure and history of the " yolk-nuclei " in other groups of animals, that if all the observations of different authors are to be credited, any real homology between these bodies is out of the question. It is incredible that bodies so widely diverse in origin, structure and fate as the "yolk-nuclei" of Arachnids, Myriopods, and Amphibia should be homologous in any ordinary sense of the word. The only respect in which some of these bodies resemble one another is in appearing in the cytoplasm at some stage in the development of the ovarian ovum. It seems to be true, furthermore, that the yolk-nucleus is not of general occurrence in all species of the same group of animals. Although it is present in many amphibian eggs, according to Gotte ('75) it is altogether absent in the ovarian eggs of Biifo and Bombinator. Indeed, it is said that yolk-nuclei are not always found in all the eggs of the


same animal ; this is stated by Iwakawa ('82) to be the case with Triton pyrrhogaster. These facts incline me strongly towards the view, also taken by Leydig, that the various structures usually grouped together under the name Dotterkern have nothing but the name in common.

I have here nothing to say upon the significance to be attributed to the curious bodies found in Myriopod and Arachnid eggs, and I cannot attempt to pass upon the peculiar views of Balbiani and Sabatier, but can only repeat that their explanations, however valid they may be for these particular groups of animals, are by no means satisfactory if applied to the amphibian Dotterkern.

We can from the nature of the case only surmise as to the physiological meaning of the bodies found in the amphibian egg. It is a seductive hypothesis that the amphibian yolknuclei are in some way concerned with the formation of yolk. The number, size, constancy, and complexity of structure of these bodies in the Q%g of the newt, their appearance about the time of beginning yolk-formation, and their disintegration or absorption after yolk-formation is complete, point to them as serving some physiological purpose during the building up of the cell. Whether they are, as Hertwig believes, " peculiar local gatherings of nutrient substances," or whether they are true formative centers, is a difficult question to determine. The fact that they have not been found in all amphibian ova is certainly against regarding them as of high importance, but it is premature to urge an objection based on negative observations. It is possible, and I think probable, that future investigation will show the yolk-nuclei to be of general distribution in all amphibian ova of certain stages of development. It appears to me certain that where the yolk-nuclei do occur they are not mere accidental agglomerations, but have a real physiological significance, probably related to the construction of yolk. I am strongly inclined to believe that the yolk-nucleus bears the same relation to the cytoplasm that the nucleoli do to the germinal vesicle.

Yolk-formation. — The yolk first appears when the ovum has reached a diameter of about .4 to .5 millimeters. A vacuolation



of the cytoplasm, such as shown in Fig. 7, precedes the formation of the yolk itself. This is not a change due to reagents for it is shown in eggs killed with Flemming's chrom-osmoacetic mixture and other reliable reagents, and moreover appears only in eggs of a certain stage, younger eggs not displaying this vacuolated appearance. A similar arrangement of the protoplasm has been observed by Leydig ('88) in the young eggs of Triton tacniatiis. The yolk is laid down upon these trabeculas of the cytoplasm and in consequence of this arrangement often has in sections a distinctly reticulated appearance. Sometimes the yolk is formed first at one pole of the &^g (Fig. 7) and then spreads to other parts, but I have not been able to discover any constancy in this polarity, or what relation such polarity bears to the pigmentation poles of the adult tgg. More commonly the yolk appears nearly simultaneously in different parts of the cytoplasm and forms a more or less continuous ring. This ring of forming yolk is considerably nearer to the periphery than to the germinal vesicle, but never, at this earliest stage, lies in immediate contact with the follicle cells. The yolk patches are early distinguished by their great avidity for staining fluids, and by their high index of refraction and coarse granulation in unstained eggs. I have been able to discover nothing that would indicate that the yolk spherules increase by division ; everything on the contrary indicates that they arise from points of independent origin. With a high magnification (1000 diameters) the beginning yolk patches show as in Fig. 5, PI. XV.

I do not feel like speaking at all confidently as to the agencies concerned in the production of yolk. I have frequently observed appearances which may be interpreted as the stepping out of very minute granules from the germinal vesicle into the cell-body. These granules I have been unable to distinguish on the one hand from numerous small stainable granules (nucleoli }) inside the germinal vescicle or on the other from the granules of the forming yolk. Whether it is safe to regard this appearance as an actual migration of minute nucleoli which in persona propria become yolk spherules seems to me doubtful. There is, however, less objection to the view that certain


deiitogenic substances are formed in the vesicle, perhaps through the agency of the nucleoli, and are then sent forth to share in the building up of the cell. The peripheral position of the nucleoli in amphibian eggs, and their subsequent migration to the center after yolk construction has practically ceased may be best explained by supposing that in some way they take part in the management of deutoplasmic affairs. That either the germinal vesicle, as represented by the migrating granules, or the cytoplasm, as represented by the yolk-nuclei, is exclusively concerned in yolk-formation does not seem to me probable. If it be desired to formulate an hypothesis one might suppose that granules from the germinal vesicles serv^e as starting points, centers of attraction or stimulation as it were, while the cytoplasm, perhaps through the mediation of the yolk-nuclei, elaborates and supplies the requisite deutoplasmic material out of nutritive elements furnished it by the follicle cells.

I may add that there is some support for such a view in the recent cytological work of Macallum ('9l). From studies upon the ovarian ova of Nechtrus and Rana, principally with the indigo-carmine stain, he draws the following conclusion : " The peripheral nucleoli generate a substance, therefore, which diffuses gradually through the nucleus, then into the cell protoplasm, the point of time of the latter occurrence corresponding with the formation of the yolk spherules. ... I regard the yolk spherules as formed by the union of a derivative of the nuclear chromatin with a constituent of the cell protoplasm. . . . The formation of yolk spherules in the cell protoplasm is analogous to the formation of zymogen granules in the pancreatic cells, and both are accompanied by changes in the nucleus and an increase in the cell protoplasm. It is most natural to conclude that the processes underlying the formation both of the yolk spherules and of the zymogen granules are in a general way alike." That there is some such sharing of nucleolar substance in cytoplasmic activities as Macallum here avers is a familiar and well-supported opinion.

Korschelt ('89) thus expresses a widespread conviction : " Ich muss es nach meinen Erfahrungen, die an Eiern und anderen

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Zellen gcmacht wurden, als zweifellos hinstellen, dass eine Auflosung der Nucleolarsubstanz stattfindet. Die Erklarung dieser Erscheinimg fand ich darin, dass die Nucleolarsubstanz in und vielleicht auch ausserhalb des Kerns zur Verwendung gebraucht werden sollte" (p. 112). My own observations upon the position and behavior of the amphibian egg nucleoli lead me to endorse this view.

Germinal vesicle as a zuJiole. — The germinal vesicle is derived from the nucleus of the germinal epithelium from which the ^^^ first springs. I have never seen any appearances which would indicate that it arises from the union of several epithelial nuclei.

The germinal vesicle, while still very young, shows a differentiation of its substance into three elements — nuclear sap, nucleoli, and chromatin threads or, as I may call them at the outset, chromosomes (Fig. 4). The history of these two important chromatic elements will be dealt with in detail presently.

A nuclear membrane is visible in the young Q.gg and comes out particularly well in fresh preparations treated with methyl green. This membrane cannot be detected in sections through late stages of the vesicle, but I have not been able to discover the precise period at which it disappears. Its disappearance seems, however, to be contemporaneous with the general vesicular atrophy.

The amphibian germinal vesicle sometimes presents, as observed by O. Schultze, Will, Gotte and others, an irregular and often ragged contour. This has been considered to indicate amoeboid movements on the part of the vesicle similar to those witnessed in the nucleus of insect eggs. Schultze ('8?) has given several figures illustrating this condition, — Figs. 5, 18, 19, 20. In Diemyctyhis I have observed this appearance only in rather young eggs, and in these the germinal vesicle has assumed the form shown in Schultze's Fig. 5, with sharp projections and jagged contour. Germinal vesicles in newts' ^^■g of the same age as the ones shown in Schultze's Figs. 18 and 19, rarely, if ever, display these "amoeboid movements.'* The outer boundary, on the contrary, is smooth, even, and at


most slightly crenated (Figs. 14, 15, 16). In eggs killed with hot water I have never found such an appearance as Schultze depicts in Fig. 18. With other methods of killing, however, I have sometimes seen a similar pseudopodia-like outline to the germinal vesicle. Since the penetration of anyirritating fluid into an amphibian egg must necessarily be far from rapid, it seems possible that the germinal vesicle may be stimulated to slight amoeboid movements ; so that while in one sense the " pseudopodia " may be an artificial product, in another sense they may be the expression of potential amoeboid capabilities. While I incline, therefore, to the belief that amoeboid movements in the older vesicles are not, in Dieviyctybis at least, usual and normal occurrences, I am in full accord w4th Schultze as to the reality of these appearances in young eggs, and can confirm his statement as to the presence of both amoeboid and resting nuclei side by side in the same preparation. It is impossible to set a precise limit to the ceasing of these amoeboid phenomena, but in a general way I can say that it is extremely rare to find germinal vesicles with pseudopodia after migration of the nucleoli has begun.

I have never seen the pseudopodia of the vesicle stretch out into the cell and engulf bits of nutrient substance as some observers (Brass) claim to have done, but I nevertheless agree with Korschelt ('89) that the amoeboid movements of the young vesicle are of nutritive significance, and possibly aid in the diffusion of fluid from the nucleus into the cell. In the egfirs of Raua palicstris I have frequently observed the appearance depicted in Fig. 17. The peculiar amoeboid structure at the center of the vesicle with nucleoli clustered around it might almost suggest that the nucleoli had been drawn to the center rather than migrated there independently. I have, however, never observed such an amoeboid center in the germinal vesicle of the newt.

The curious recticular structure of the germinal vesicle which Iwakawa ('82) has figured in Figs. 19 and 27 is, I am inclined to believe, delusive. I have obtained a similar appearance with the use of picro-sulphuric mixture, but not with hot water, corrosive sublimate or Flemming's mixture. One would

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expect truer pictures of nuclear structure with the use of the latter reagents than with the former, but one cannot completely exclude the possibility that, as regards this particular character of the nucleus, the picro-sulphuric mixture preserves the natural aspects better than the other killing fluids named, I do not, however, believe that such is the case, and I consider the reticular appearance as probably due to the action of the reagent.

With regard to the accumulation of fluid around the germinal vesicle in advanced stages I agree fully with v. Bambeke, Hertwig and Schultze, that it is not a natural condition, but is caused by osmotic action during the processes of killing and hardening. When the Qgg is hardened slowly in rising grades of alcohol this escape of fluid does not occur, and the germinal vesicle impinges directly upon the yolk. (Figs. 15, 16, 17).

Nucleoli. — The nucleoli in the young Q^g appear arranged along the chromatin threads, and possibly originate from the thread substance. It is very difficult to determine just what relation the nucleoli bear to the threads in the earliest stages. The fact that the two structures are in the closest contact does not exclude the possibility of distinct and independent origin. The nucleoli are at first, to all appearances, integral parts of the threads, at least as much so as the highly refractive granules of the threads shown in Fig. 14, PL XV. I must leave it an open question just how far it is safe to regard the early association of nucleoli and threads as indicating a common



In eggs somewhat younger than Fig. 4 the nucleoli exist in this intimate association with the threads, but they soon lose their connection, increase rapidly in number and size, and come to lie close to the periphery of the vesicle. O. Schultze ('87) reffards the increase in the number of nucleoli as due to division of those first formed, but he does not raise the important question as to how the first nucleoli originate. My own observations have led me to conclude that the nucleoli never multiply by division. I have repeatedly sought in vain, both in fresh eggs and in sections, for nucleoli in the act of fission. Schultze states, in support of his view (p. 195), that the nucleoli in very


young eggs somewhat surpass in size those in slightly advanced stages. I have not found this to be the case in Dicmyctylus In a germinal vesicle some 6o/a in diameter and containing 199 nucleoli, the larger nucleoli measured from i^ to 3/x,, the latter dimension being never exceeded. A germinal vesicle about 90ya in diameter contained about 442 nucleoli, the larger of which measured 3/a to 4;a, while another vesicle 13 i/x in diameter contained 1123 nucleoli of about ^^l. The preponderance of large nucleoli is, if anywhere, on the side of the large eggs. Furthermore, if multiplication of the nucleoli by division were the ordinary occurrence, we might expect to find a certain uniformity in the size of these bodies, and a certain critical bulk, so to speak, at which division takes place. This is not so, but on the contrary, the nucleoli attain their maximum size shortly before their centripetal movement, which is just the condition that might be anticipated if we assumed a steady development and growth from the beginning. It is, moreover, not difficult, particularly in the early stages, when the number of nucleoli increases most rapidly, to find all gradations from the largest to the smallest, the smallest being indistinguishable from the more conspicuous granules in the threads. These facts would lead to the suspicion that the origin of the nucleoli is in some way intimately associated with the chromatin threads, that in fact the larger granules of the threads, such as seen in Fig. 14, break loose from the threads and pass over into true nucleoli. I incline to believe that such is the case. Leydig ('88) holds a similar view as to the origin of the nucleoli in Triton taeniatiis : "... in der Mitte des Keimblaschens ein zartes, dichtes Reticulum sichtbar ist, dessen Knotenpunkte von Keimflecken der kleinsten Form nicht zu unterscheiden sind, so dass ein Uebergang der einen in die andern unmoglich geleugnet werden kann (Fig. 94)." If the nucleoli in the growing egg thus arise from chromatin threads, it strengthens the probability of a like origin for the first-born nucleoli.

Nucleoli are often said to arise as " much-thickened knots of the network of threads." I cannot regard such an expression as appropriate in the present instance, since there is no true "network," and since the designation of the young nucleolus


as a "knot" is not particularly descriptive, as a glance at my figures will suffice to show.

At the time when the egg reaches nearly its full size, when the yolk is formed and the yolk-nuclei have attained their maximum complexity, when the nucleoli are largest and most numerous, there begins that remarkable centripetal march of the nucleoli which foreshadows their speedy disintegration. The first sign of this retrogressive movement is the peculiar appearance of the nucleoli while still at the periphery. They stain feebly and very unevenly, their outlines display the greatest roughness and irregularity and they are plainly in every respect experiencing degenerative change (see Fig. 16, PI. XVI). The centripetal movement is not simultaneous on the part of all nucleoli. Some are to be found at the periphery while others are in the last stages of dissolution in the center. They usually straggle severally to the center and there fall apart, as shown in Fig. 1 5, PI. XVI, where several nucleoli are seen disintegrating en route. Subsequent stages are well shown by Schultze ('87) in Figs. 20 and 23.

I must strongly dissent from certain of Schultze's conclusions as to the fate of the nucleolar substance. After describing the disintegration of the nucleoli into small granules he adds : "Man iiberzeugt sich, dass die Kornchen, die ich jetzt Mikrosomen nennen darf, allmahlich zur Erzeugung eines Fadenknduels zusammentreten, der also nicht aus einem prdformirten Kerngeriist entsteht, soiidern sich direkt aiis den winzigcn Kcimkorperchen herausbildet." (p. 198.) I cannot agree with Schultze that the granules from the disintegrating nucleoli go to build up the " Fadenknauel." The granules resulting from the nucleolar dissolution are simply strewn throughout the central part of the vesicle (Fig. 1 5), and to the best of my observation ultimately mix with the rest of the Qgg substance at the time of the dissipation of the germinal vesicle. There is indeed no preformed "nuclear network," but since there never is a very clear network in the amphibian Qgg this is beside the question. There are, however, chromatin threads or chromosomes distinctly traceable tJirongh the whole history of the germinal vesicle. These preformed chromosomes seem to have been overlooked


by Schultze. They do not arise from the disintegration of the nucleoli, but exist before the nucleoli begin to migrate centrewards (see Fig. 16, PI. XVI). To the consideration of these important structures we must now turn.

Chromatin threads or Chromosomes. — I have hitherto referred to the filamentous chromatin as if it were in the form of isolated and independent elements. I freely admit that no convincing proof can be adduced to show that there actually exist distinct individual chromosomes rather than a single looped and twisted skein. I have found it impossible to determine this point, but I am so far influenced by the appearances observed in my sections as to incline to the belief that the filamentous chromatin is in the form of detached threads rather than in one continuous coil. I shall accordingly use the term "chromosomes," premising, however, that I do so rather for the sake of convenience than for any strong belief in its absolute accordance with the facts.

In sections through young eggs the chromosomes present the appearance shown in Figs. 4 and 14. They are strings of cohering granules of varying dimensions, and in the youngest eggs these granules are indistinguishable from the small nucleoli. I have sometimes found threads somewhat resembling those figured by Flemming ('82) in Siredon (p. 134) though his figure of the egg of Rana (Fig. "jZ, PI. V) is much closer to the usual appearance in the Q.g^ of the newt. Leydig ('88) has given for Triton (Fig. 93, PI. XV) a representation very much like what I have observed in Diemyctylus except in the disposition of the threads. I have never seen chromosomes of the curious filamentous structure found by Riickert ('92) in the Selachian Qg^ ; the chomosomes of Diemyctylus are always of a loosely granular texture. I have also never observed any association of the chromosomes — if such they be — in pairs in the highly suggestive manner figured by Kastschenko ('90) and Riickert ('92) in the Selachian ^gg.

The most striking difference between the chromosomes of the stage shown in Fig. 4 and those of Fig. 16 is in the relative susceptibility to stain. The young chromosomes stain comparatively readily and are in consequence easily detected. They subsequently appear to undergo a gradual change in their

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stainability, and stain more and more feebly until it is only with the closest scrutiny that they can be observed at all (Fig. 1 6). This fact, I think, accounts for the overlooking of these structures by Schultze. The apparent feeble reaction of the older chromosomes to stains may be due either to chemical change in the chromatic substance or to the mechanical separation of the chromatin granules. About the time that the nucleoli break up, the chromosomes become more deeply stained ; whether this indicates a welding together of the chromosome substance or a different molecular constitution I must regard as an open question. The problem of the number of chromosomes at different stages in the history of the ovarian 0,2,^, which has been raised by the interesting researches of Ruckert ('92) on Selachians, may safely be left until the actual existence of independent elements is definitively demonstrated.

General cojisideratioiis. — The history of the germinal vesicle and its parts, as thus far outlined, brings us to an estimate of the general significance of the phenomena observed. It is a time-honored hypothesis that the substance of the egg-cell of ev«ry organism is differentiated into two radically unlike protoplasmic parts, into a part concerned wholly with the transmission of hereditary qualities, and a part occupied solely with the development of the egg-cell. The principal bearer of the hereditary tendencies is considered by many to be the nuclear chromatin network, composed of the socalled Idants of Weismann, which are handed down from generation to generation practically unchanged by somatic influences.

There is not this consensus of opinion, however, regarding the seat of the ovogenetic or histogenetic element. This ovogenetic element has been variously regarded as resident in the yolk-nuclei, as an attribute of the cytoplasm itself and as inextricably mingled with the germ plasm. The now abandoned hypothesis according to which the ovogenetic substance was thought to be sundered from close association with the germ plasm and then expelled as the first polar globule is too familiar to need comment. A more recent view is that put forth by


Ruckert ('92) who finds a remarkable increase in bulk of the chromosomes in the Selachian egg during the growth of the (tgg, and an equally striking decrease premonitory of vesicular dissolution. Ruckert considers this general atrophy of the chromosomes as due to the withdrawal of the ovogrenetic or "somatic" substance. The chromosomic material remaining after the dissolution of the ovogenetic portion corresponds to Weismann's Keimplasma.

Ruckert draws an interesting comparison between the phenomena observed by him in the Selachian Q^'g and the nuclear phenomena discovered by Maupas and R. Hertwig in the infusoria ('92, p. 134). In the behavior and functions of the infusorian macronuclei and micronuclei he sees a close analogy the phenomena displayed by the Selachian chromosomes.

While admitting that such an interpretation may perhaps hold for the Selachian egg I think that in the amphibian ovum a somewhat different explanation must be sought after. The chromosomes here undergo no extensive changes in bulk ; tJie mtcleoli, however, do increase enormously in number and sice during the anabolic period of maturation. I therefore believe that in this case it is between the nucleoli and the macronucleus of infusoria that a comparison, if such a comparison have any value, can be most aptly drawn.

It is now well established, thanks to the brilliant researches of Maupas and Hertwig, that the infusorian micronucleus is the bearer of the hereditary tendencies while the macronucleus possesses a nutritive and regenerative significance. At the time of the conjugation of ciliate infusoria the macronucleus degenerates and totally disappears. The micronucleus takes part in conjugation, and the daughter micronuclei give birth to new macronuclei.

A close parallel to this series of events is found in the history of the amphibian nucleoli, (i) They arise if not from, at least in intimate connection with the chromatin threads, the presumable bearers of the germ plasm. (2) Their function is almost certainly one of nutrition. (3) When the nucleoli have ended their ovogenetic duties and the ovum is fully formed, they degenerate and are dissipated throughout the vesicular

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substance, taking no visible part in the process of fertilization. In all these respects the nucleoli resemble the infusorian macronucleus.

(i) It is universally admitted that cell nucleoli in general, even if they do not arise directly from the chromatin network, lie in the meshes of the chromatin coil and at their inception are always in the most intimate association with it. Many good observers insist that the nucleoli originate immediately from the substance of the chromatin threads, but on this point the evidence is still insufficient to produce conviction.

(2) The general functional significance of nucleoli is still very obscure, although many ingenious surmises on the matter have been advanced. Strasburger and Pfitzner, as is well known, regard the nucleolus as a place of storage of " reserve substance." On all sides there is a growing tendency to look at the nucleoli as concerned either in the storage or the elaboration of nutritive substance. In the amphibian o^gg, as we have seen, it is difficult to avoid regarding the nucleoli in this light. In a general way, also, it is true that the larger the Q^g, the larger the quantity of nucleolar substance, seeming to point to a direct ovogenetic relation. There is, on the whole, therefore, substantial reason for looking upon nucleoli, wherever found, as concerned in one way or another with the active metabolism (anabolism .?) of the cell. The fact that different types of nucleolar-like bodies have been found by Carnoy and others does not militate against this view. Indeed, the behavior of the "plasmasomes" described by Ogata ('83) which wander out into the cell and there become the so-called "Nebenkerne," playing an important part in the regeneration of the cell, confirms the essential similarity in function between these and other nucleoli. One may legitimately suppose that these bodies which behave thus differently towards stains — whether "karyosomes," "plasmasomes" or "hyalosomes" — are in different stages of nucleolar development, or even that a fundamental nucleolar substance has differentiated according to the metabolic needs of the cell and has assumed various allotropic forms. One is not constrained to regard these bodies as fundamentally unlike ; the presumption may be rather the other way when we


remember the sharp differences in chemical reaction dependent on apparently slight differences in chemical constitution.

(3) There is much greater unanimity of opinion concerning the fate of the nucleoli of the egg-cell than concerning either their origin or significance. The nucleoli always degenerate and disappear before the process of fertilization.

Thus in origin, function, and fate many of the bodies called nucleoli constantly suggest community of relationship with the infusorian macronucleus. We are, however, hardly at present in a position to know whether this resemblance is superficial or fundamental.

The interesting case brought forward by Riickert, and already touched upon, may be considered as consonant with the analogy just drawn. It may be supposed that the fluctuations in the bulk of the Selachian chromosomes are due to a certain proportion of ovogenetic (nucleolar .) substance remaining attached to the chromosomes and never becoming separated as true nucleoli. This modification of his view allows it to be brought into harmony with other ovogenetic observations. It is worthy of notice that Riickert observes and remarks upon the close parallelism of development between Selachian nucleoli and chromosomes.

TJie atrophy of tJic germinal vesicle and the formation of the polar bodies. — The principal changes that take place in the germinal vesicle before the ^^^ leaves the ovary have been already described. The germinal vesicle in Fig. i 5 has nearly reached the limit of the changes which it undergoes while the Q%g is still in the ovary. The oldest nuclear appearance that I have found in an ovarian o^g'g very closely resembles that shown in Fig. 15, except that the chromosomes are slightly stouter and more distinct, and are massed together in the center, while at the same time the borders of the vesicle show an incipient invasion of yolk spheres. Between such an appearance and the well-defined maturation spindle, shown in Figs. 18 and 21, I have found no intermediate stages, although I have made careful serial sections through a number of eggs showing a light spot externally and apparently just ready to break loose from the ovary. The transition is evidently an

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abrupt one. It seems likely that the vesicle remains for sometime on the verge of dissolution, and that the shock of separation from the ovary precipitates the sudden change. All the eo-o-s that I have found, both in the body-cavity and in the oviducts, contain a completely formed spindle.

It is manifest, then, that in Dicmyctylus, at about the time the egg falls from the ovary into the body-cavity, the greater part of the germinal vesicle is distributed throughout the yolk. With a high power (Zeiss, 2 mm. immersion) the debris of the vesicle can be easily recognized surrounding the maturation spindle near the upper pole of the q^%. The semi-fluid nuclear sap containing minute granules lies between the yolk spheres, and in it are strewn fragments of half -digested nucleoli. In some cases a portion of the vesicular substance appears to ooze out upon the surface of the Q.^g, where it has been described as the perivitellin by Hertwig, Schultze, and others. The perivitellin of the newt resembles the perivitellin of Siredon, as figured by Schultze (see Schultze, '87, Fig. 29). Schultze also recognized the remains of the nucleoli, — "kleine, kreisrunde Chromatinkorperchen, offenbar die Reste der nicht vollig gelosten Keimkorperchen."

This admitted fate of a portion of the nucleolar substance seems to me to indicate the fate of all. It does not appear to me probable that, as Schultze maintains, a part of the material of the nucleoli goes to form chromosomes while another part degenerates and is lost, but rather that all the nucleolar substance shares alike. Dissolution and dissipation seems the likely end of all the nucleoli, as it is here unquestionably the end of some.

Besides the disintegration of the vesicle, when the egg is loosed from the ovary, there is another highly important but very obscure change. This is the transformation of the chromosomes from numerous, long, thin, faintly staining threads to a few stout rods (Fig. 18). I have not been able to discover how this welding of the chromosomic substance takes place. The change from the delicate filamentous structure to the massive compact one is apparently the work of a short time. There seems to be a reduction in the number of individual


chromosomes during this process, but owing to the extreme difficulty of deHmitation (see e.g. Fig. 15) this may be only apparent.

Coincident with this abrupt internal change there becomes visible on the upper pole of the ^^g the well-known " light spot" of amphibian ova, the so-called " Cicatricula " of Prevost and Dumas, the " Keimpunkt " of v. Baer and the " Fovea germinativa" of Max Schultze. This area has been figured for the axolotl Qgg by v. Bambeke ('70), and his figures resemble essentially the fovea of the newt. There is (Fig. 3) an outer ring of brown pigment shading off on the outside into the normal pigmentation of the upper pole, and on the inner side sharply defining the limits of the light area. This light area {cl. sp) encloses within itself a small circular spot of still greater whiteness, in the middle of which is a minute dark spot. This superficial marking is usually found on all eggs taken from the body-cavity and oviducts, and persists for about two hours after the Q.g^ is laid. It then slowly disappears and the surface of the &gg resumes its original uniformity.

The internal changes that give rise to this constant external appearance are in the main identical with those that have been described by O. Schultze in Siirdon and other amphibia. The germinal vesicle towards the end of maturation slowly presses nearer to the periphery of the Qgg, and before the egg leaves the ovary the position of the vesicle is betrayed by the "light spot" due to contrast of the vesicle with the surrounding Qgg substance. The pigment and yolk are of course pushed to one side by the advancing vesicle. Then steps in the abrupt vesicular dissolution above described.

Sections through eggs from the body-cavity (Fig. 21) show a well-formed spindle which often exhibits a striking accumulation of pigment at the two poles. The spindle itself is undoubtedly the basis of the small white spot seen in the midst of the light area (Fig. 3), while the pigment at the peripheral pole of the spindle causes the minute central point of black. The neighborhood of the spindle is occupied by the debris of the vesicle together with small invading yolk spheres. Except in immediate proximity to the spindle, pigment gran

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ules are conspicuous by their absence, and this absence of pigment, or the presence of the vesicular debris, or both, unquestionably gives the appearance of the large light area

(Fig. 3) Schultze {l.c.y p. 205) seems inclined to adopt the view that the absence of pigment in this region is due to the fact that the germinal vesicle once filled this area, and that, notwithstanding the vesicular atrophy, the pigment granules still remain pressed out in a ring. It does not seem to me, however, that this explanation, simple as it is, is quite satisfactory. Since yolk granules are found in considerable numbers throughout this region, one is tempted to ask, if the yolk granules have thus invaded the former site of the vesicle, why not pigment granules also } The mantle of pigment granules that often envelops the spindle, and is particularly dense at the two poles, is a partial answer to this question. It shows that pigment granules have entered the vesicular region along with the yolk spherules, and have been attracted to the close neighborhood of the spindle. The comparative lack of pigment in the surrounding territory may well be due in part to this concentration around the spindle. But this cannot account for all the phenomena. Shortly after the Q.gg is laid the pigment begins to show a more even distribution over the upper hemisphere of the ^gg, and eventually regains its original uniformity of disposition. This takes place in a few hours. Now, since the white spot has in some cases remained practically unchanged for at least forty-eight hours, — as I shall show later — and since during all this time the outer ring of pigment has been forced to keep its distance, it cannot be mere lapse of time that brings about the redistribution of the pigment after the Q.g% is laid. The principal events of the period that follows the deposition of the (t'gg are changes in the nuclear substance (including by that phrase the whole spindle-chromosome mass), and the migration of the female pronucleus away from the periphery. Since the female pronucleus carries with it in this migration a comparatively insignificant amount of protoplasm, one is led to infer that it is either the nuclear metamorphosis or the nuclear


migration that permits the rearrangement of the pigment on the surface of the egg. It is not tlierefore altogether unwarrantable to suppose that the disturbing influence of the nucleus may account in part at least for the existence and position of the outer pigment ring. After the nucleus leaves its peripheral position, but not before, the pigment becomes uniformly distributed over the surface. The nature of this repellant influence, if we choose to regard it as such, must for the present remain obscure. It is sufficient to remember that similar phenomena, viz., the attraction of small particles into close proximity to an object and the repulsion of other like particles to a distance, are not wholly unknown.

The massing of the pigment at the poles of the spindle would seem to indicate the presence there of attracting bodies, and I was therefore led to search quite carefully for centrosomes, but without success.

The spindle in all the eggs of this stage lies close against the periphery of the Q'gg (Figs 18-22). There is sometimes a slight depression in the surface of the ^^^ at the bottom of which lies the spindle (Fig. 21), but this would seem to be the exception rather than the rule.

The axis of the spindle in thirteen oviduct eggs was approximately radial ; in two it was tangential. Schultze ('87) has advanced an ingenious explanation of this varying disposition of the spindle axis in the ripening eggs of Siredon. He considers in brief, "dass auch hier die abwechselnde Einstellung der Spindel kurz gesagt aus dem Kampfe zwischen dem karyokinetischen Gesetz und dem Gesetz der Kernstreckung hervorgeht." For a searching discussion of this interesting question I must refer to his analysis.

I am unable to determine with certainty from my preparations the precise time of expulsion of the first polar body, since I have not succeeded in discovering a polar body on the surface of the oviduct ^%g. There is, however, a certain amount of circumstantial evidence which appears to indicate that the first polar body may be formed while the eggs are in the upper portion of the oviduct. Eggs from the body-cavity and from the

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upper part of the oviduct exhibit the disposition of chromosomes seen in Figs. iS and 21. This must be taken as indicating the metakinetic separation of the chromosomes, and apparently foreshadows the speedy formation of a polar body. This view is strengthened by the fact that eggs in the lower part of the oviduct are all in the quiescent " equatorial plate " stage as shown in Fig. 19. In this condition they remain until after the egg is deposited and spermatozoa have entered. About one hour and a half to two hours after deposition the second polar body is expelled (Fig. 20). The minute size of this body in the newt, as indicated in Fig. 20, is j^robably the reason for my failure to discover it after expulsion.

The esfss of the newt often remain in the oviducts unchanged for at least forty-eight hours. I have elsewhere stated that newts freshly captured from the ponds during the months of May and June are almost invariably found to have eggs in the oviducts. These individuals when brought to the laboratory and placed in aquaria do not as a rule deposit their eggs until the second day after the capture ; the eggs thus tardily deposited develop normally. The number of eggs that is usually laid in the course of twenty-four hours (see p. 276) seems to indicate that at least twenty-four hours is required for the passage of an q.%^ down the oviduct. Not more than ten or twelve eggs are found in an oviduct at one time, even in a large female. The formation of the protecting membrane takes place along the whole length of the oviduct, but is most active in the middle and lower thirds.

Note. — Since finishing this paper I have received Bern's paper upon the maturation of the amphibian ovum (Die Reifung des Amphibieneies und die Befruchtung unreifer Eier bei Triton tasniatus, Anat. Anz., VII., 1892, p. 772). Bern's account of the continuity of the chromatin filaments fully corroborates what I have found in Diemyctyhis^ and renders completely untenable the view that the "skein" in the older eggs is constructed out of fragments of disintegrated nucleoli.

The only mention of a yolk-nucleus is on p. 777. Until Born certainly identifies this " finely granular, oval body " with the yolk-nucleus of other authors it would be unfair to criticise his singular statement that " in diesen Gebilden das Archoplasma und die Centrosomen des Keimblaschens zu suchen sind."


Born finds that in Triton taiiiatiis the first polar body is expelled while the &%g is in the upper part of the oviduct. I had strongly suspected that this was the case in Diemyctyhis (see p. 307), but was unable to present definite proof. Born's results on this important point furnish a welcome confirmation of my surmise.

I do not feel it necessary to enter at this time into a fuller discussion of the minor points of accord and discord between Born's results and my c \vn,

III. Fertilization.

The fertilization of the ^gg takes place just before the egg" is extruded. The spermatozoa, which have long been in waiting in the tubes of the receptaculum seminis, are either attracted from their resting-places by the passing ^gg or forced out by contraction of the surrounding muscles. I have made repeated and careful search for spermatozoa in the oviducts, but have never succeeded in finding one. Neither have I ever found in sections any indication that spermatozoa enter oviduct eggs, although eggs often lie for some time in the mouth of the oviducts. Fertilization, then, would seem to take place only after the Qgg has left the oviduct and passed into the cloaca.

It sometimes happens that non-fertilized eggs are droppedl by females in captivity. It is an interesting fact that these non-fertilized eggs are not deposited in a carefully prepared nest, but are dropped, apparently without concern, on the floor of the aquarium. Sometimes, but very rarely, an Q:g^ thus loosely dropped develops normally, showing that fertilization has taken place. The explanation of the dropping of non-fertilized eggs seems to be that in females with full oviducts, an Q.gg is occasionally pressed into the cloaca by the mere elasticity of the oviduct walls and without the special cognizance of the newt. This ^gg then passes out like so much excreta without the performance of a voluntary act of oviposition. The fact that these eggs are, for the most part,, unfertilized indicates an expulsion of spermatozoa from the receptacle during the normal process of egg-laying. This view is strengthened by the fact that the act of oviposition usually takes an appreciable time, often eight or ten minutes, pointing to essential accompaniments of the mere process of extru


sion. There is good reason to think, then, that during the process of oviposition (see p. 277) the Qgg passes from the oviduct into the cloaca, where it is fertihzed by spermatozoa pressed out of the receptacle, and thence is extruded along with a quantity of gelatinous secretion that glues together the leaves of the "nest." All of these actions are undoubtedly to a certain degree coordinated under voluntary control. The occasional fertilization of one of the excreted eggs is probably due to the chance presence of a stray spermatozoon in the cloaca.

Since it is true, then, that the fertilization of the Qg% does not take place until the o^gg reaches the cloaca, the spermatozoa which strive for entrance there find themselves confronted with a formidable egg-membrane. The consistency of this membrane can be adequately realized only through repeated attempts to remove it from the living Qgg. So improbable did it appear to me that spermatozoa should be able to pierce this dense and leathery covering, that I sought long and carefully for a micropylar opening. The search, however, was fruitless, and this negative result, together with the fact that spermatozoa •ordinarily penetrate the egg at different and widely separated points, oblige me to admit, though somewhat reluctantly, the probability that spermatozoa somehow succeed in making their way through the membrane.

The points of entrance of the spermatozoa may be seen as slightly depressed, pigmented areas on the surface of the living Qg^ freed from its membrane, one to two hours after oviposition (Fig. 6). There are several of these points, as a rule, indicating the penetration of several spermatozoa, an inference which, as we shall see, is fully sustained by the evidence from sections. There is no fixed and predetermined point of entrance ; the spermatozoa may invade the &gg in the neighborhood of the "light spot" (Fig. 6), or they may force an entrance near the equator of the egg. Most frequently they enter the upper (pigmented) pole, but I have several times observed them entering the lower hemisphere. Roux ('87, p. 174) has established a similar indeterminateness in the point of penetration of the spermatozoa of Rana.


The progress and maturation of the spermatozoa after they enter the &gg may be best studied by sections through eggs from two to five hours old. The advance of the spermatozoon into the egg is signalized by the often described streak of pigment (Fig. 23C). This pigment streak, though it is not so prominent in the egg of the newt as in more deeply pigmented eggs, enables the path of the spermatozoon after entrance to be easily traced. It has been thought by some observers (see e.g. Hertwig, '77, p. 49) that the pigment is mechanically carried in from the cortical layer by the onward movement of the spermatozoon. While this may be in part true, there is another factor that undoubtedly assists in the production of the pigment streak. The esrsfs of the newt when viewed from the surface show the points of entrance of the spermatozoa each distinctly marked by a spot of pigment. The pigment accumulation at these points forces one to conclude that the male element exerts an attractive influence upon pigment granules comparable to that shown by the poles of the maturation spindle (Fig. 21). This attractive force appears to diminish as the sperm penetrates deeper into the ^%Zy and the pigment granules discarded along the way then form the familiar pigment trail. There is, therefore, some force connected with both male and female elements that, in certain stages, attracts pigment granules; this force at other stages appears to lapse into quiesence.

There frequently arises a considerable accumulation of a semi-fluid reticular substance (protoplasm }) around the head of the male element. This accumulation often assumes the form of a mushroom, showing crescentic in sections (Figs. 23B, 23C). The head of the sperm occupies the middle of this area, and the whole effect is such as almost to convey the impression that the yolk granules have been driven out of this region by movements of the spermatozoon. I am loth, however, to believe that such is the case, since there is good reason to think that the active movements of the sperm cease after it penetrates the egg. Occasionally a faint filament stretches off behind into the pigment streak and strongly suggests the presence of the tail of the spermatozoon (Fig. 23B, 23C). I am unable, however, to identify it certainly as such. It is not to be seen when

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the spermatozoon has penetrated some distance into the o^gg substance.

I have not succeeded in discovering the earliest stages in the metamorphosis of the sperm-head into the male pronucleus. When the spermatozoon first enters the t.%^ (Figs. 23B, 23C) the head does not appear to be sharply defined, and the earliest stage at which I have been able to recognize a well-differentiated portion is shown in Fig. 2 3D. Here the head is already far on the way towards becoming a true pronucleus. The most obvious point of difference between this stage and the mature pronucleus shown in Fig. 23 A is one of size. This is somewhat exaggerated by the difference in magnification of the two figures, but even making the necessary deduction for the difference in magnification the increase in size will be seen to be considerable, and amounts to at least a doubling in diameter. Sometimes during the maturation of the male element the yolk granules in the neighborhood assume a radial arrangement, but this astral phenomenon is not of invariable or indeed frequent occurrence. The membrane of the pronucleus in the early stages is less distinct than it afterward becomes {cf. Figs. 23 A and 2 3D).

My friend Dr. Watase ('92) has determined by Auerbach's method of differential staining that the sperm-nucleus of the newt reacts differently at different stages of its maturation period. When it first enters the Qg^ it is, like the original sperm-head, strongly cyanophilous, but the reaction gradually alters until, just before union with the female pronucleus, both 9nale and female proniLclei stain identically.

The rapidity of movement of the male element when once inside the ^gg does not seem to be great. The spermatozoa enter the egg from one to two hours after deposition, and although they sometimes enter in close proximity to the female element (Fig. 6), union does not usually occur until from four to six hours later. It is obvious that the fallacy incident to all studies upon preserved eggs lurks in this estimate of rapidity of movement. Since, however. Fig. 23 C shows a spermatozoon in an q%% two hours old, and since Fig. 2 3D is from an Qgg four hours old there would seem to be a fair basis for the assumption of slow penetration. It is of course likely that the


male and female elements busy themselves during this period more in preparation for union than in actual movement. It is even fair to suppose that speedier metamorphosis of the nuclei would imply — or, perhaps, cause — greater rapidity of movement. This indeed is indicated by the course of the phenomena in the frog's Q^^g where the course of events is more rapid. The hindering effect of the yolk must be practically the same in both cases, and one is justified therefore in regarding the slower movement of the male element in the newt's q^%% as the expression of a slower maturation of that element. In other words it is not the external obstacles, but the internal changes that determine the rate at which the two pronuclei approach each other.

The path taken by the sperm is similar to that described by Roux ('87) for the frog's ovum. The spermatozoon moves at first centripetally, describing the "penetration-path," and later describing the "copulation-path," curves more or less abruptly towards the female pronucleus. The initial change from the centripetal to the nucleopetal direction is shown in Figs. 23C and 23D. It is impossible not to agree with those who hold that this change in direction is due to some sort of nuclear attraction.

The female element, which is the objective point of the male pronucleus and is hence the cause of the change of direction of the latter, is by no means a mere inactive spectator of the entrance of the spermatozoon. About two hours after the Qgg is laid the polar body (second .) is expelled (Fig. 20). It is clear that this expulsion of the polar body is caused directly by the penetration of the sperm into the &gg, since before this event the female element has remained perfectly passive, it may be for upwards of forty-eight hours. The nature of this telepathic influence is far from clear. After this event the female pronucleus is formed by a series of changes which I have not been able to trace out completely, but which appear to be essentially parallel to those of the sperm. Indeed I have been in most cases unable to distinguish between the male and female pronucleus after the formation of the latter. This is owing partly to the fact that the male pronuclei are usually numerous, partly

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to the fact that in the newt's Q,^g only a slight quantity of pigment attends the path of the sperm, but chiefly to tne absence of any essential divergence in structure between the two pronuclei- It occasionally happens that one may pick out from the rest a pronucleus which is perceptibly larger or is surrounded by a greater quantity of protoplasm than the others, and I have naturally been inclined to regard such a body as the female element. This, it will be recognized, is a very inadequate basis for such identification, and careful examination of all the joronuclei found in an egg has served only to convince me more strongly of the unsatisfactory nature of such a criterion.

The union of the two pronuclei takes place ordinarily about six to eight hours after the ^gg is laid. The place of meeting does not seem to be constant or predetermined. It is never in the geometric center of the &gg, but is nearer the upper pole, and is usually, so far as I have been able to determine, in the neighborhood of the position occupied by the germinal vesicle before dissolution. The general phenomena attending the union of the pronuclei are substantially such as described by Hertwig ('77). The pronuclei that I have figured in Fig. 23A present a typical appearance. The inner one (/) may perhaps be regarded as more probably the female since it is surrounded by the larger quantity of protoplasmic substance, and since the other (in) has apparently just impinged upon it from the side. Such identification, however, is based on pure analogy and on no sure recognition-marks. The question here arises as to whether the female pronucleus exercises any power of selection from among the several suitors at her disposal or whether it is a mere matter of proximity that determines which male nucleus shall unite with the female. I may here state, what to some will doubtless seem superfluous, that I have never seen any evidence whatever that more than one male element unites with the female. Why the one individual so favored should be preferred above his fellows is somewhat problematical. It is obvious, however, that other things, such as proximity, etc., being equal, the sperm first entering would have the advantage. Its earlier maturation would bring about a reciprocal movement of both male and female which would soon


place it ahead of all competition. Proximity and order of entrance are undoubtedly the two factors that determine the success of the sperm's quest.

Polyspermy. — I have already meniioned that several spermatozoa normally enter the ^%g of the newt. I may now state that I have sectioned twenty eggs from two to ten hours old and found in every ^gg superfluous male elements. The number of these varied from one to thirteen and was in most cases from six to eight. If it be objected (Born, Roux, Hertwig) that such polyspermy indicates pathological conditions, I may reply that these twenty eggs were all laid in a normal way, by different females and at different times ; that abnormalities are very rare in newt development and that such a succession of non-developing or abnormally developing eggs would in my experience be unprecedented ; and finally that I have in the living Qgv watched several spermatozoa enter the upper pole and normal development succeed in every case. There is thus every reason for regarding such physiological polyspermy in the newt as a natural, normal, and, in fact, usual occurrence.

What now is the further history of these superfluous spermatozoa which normally enter the Q.gg of the newt } In the first place it is to be remarked that these accessory sperm nuclei (Nebenspermakerne) undergo a progressive development after their entrance. They increase in size, acquire a doublecontoured membrane, and show precisely the same affinity for stains as the male element that fuses with the female pronucleus. They are in all objective respects quite as competent aspirants to union with the latter as is the male nucleus (Hauptspermakern) actually honored. They owe their non-preferment not to any intrinsic inferiority, but to the time and place at which they entered the Qgg. These accessory sperm nuclei are most numerous in the region of the upper pole, but are quite often found stranded among the large yolk spheres of the lower hemisphere. In the latter case they are usually near to the periphery of the o^gg.

The accessory sperm nuclei ultimately degenerate. Shortly after the fusion of the two chief pronuclei the superfluous male

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elements begin to show signs of degenerative change, and in eo-o-s ten hours old — just before the beginning of the first cleavage plane — they are in a condition of well-marked atrophy. This is evinced by the disappearance of the membrane and by the mixing of the chromatin through the Qgg substance. I have been able to identify degenerating accessory nuclei in the four-cell stage, but not beyond.

v. Bambeke ('70) was one of the first to afhrm that several spermatozoa normally entered the amphibian egg, but his statements were on the whole regarded as relating to abnormal conditions, and were not given the credence to which I think they were entitled. Since his observations were made upon the eggs of certain Urodela, and since none of his critics have repeated his observations on these particular species, but have reasoned themselves into incredulity solely through their own negative results upon the eggs of other animals, there seems no o-ood reason for refusing our acceptance of v. Bambeke' s observation. Negative observations upon the eggs of one animal hardly furnish an adequate basis for scepticism regarding positive phenomena in the eggs of related animals. Kupffer (■82) also has affirmed the normal entrance of several spermatozoa into the amphibian egg.

Physiological polyspermy has been observed, moreover, in the eggs of other vertebrates. Two of the most important cases I may briefly mention. Ruckert ('91, '92% '92^) has described some remarkable phenomena of this character in the eggs of Selachians {PristiimLs, Torpedo). A number of spermatozoa normally enter the egg, develop like the chief male pronucleus, and, at the formation of the first cleavage nucleus, divide caryokinctically, and give rise, in part, at least, to the parablast nuclei, or Merocytenkernc ! These Merocytenkerne which arise thus independently from accessory spermatozoa are distinguished from the nuclei of the " Furchungskern " by a smaller number of chromosomes — " hochstens die Halfte"! " Alle Merocytenkerne der jungen Furchungstadien, welche eine reduzierte Zahl von Chromosomen besitzen, sind Abkommlinge von Spcrmakopfen, (Ruckert, '92^ p. 329.)


Polyspermy has been described also by Oppel ('92) in the reptilian Qgg {Angids, Tropidoiiotus). His results agree strikingly with those of Riickert, although presenting many interesting points of difference. Here, as in the Selachians, a number of spermatozoa normally penetrate the tgg. They develop into full-fledged sperm nuclei which divide caryokinetically, though very sluggishly and irregularly, and soon abort.

There is, hence, wide variation in the phenomena of fertilization among vertebrates, (i) Only a single spermatozoon normally enters the ^gg [Teleost (Trout), Bohm ; Amphibia (Rana), Born, Roux]. (2) Many spermatozoa normally enter the Qgg, in which case they may {a) develop into nuclei which divide caryokinetically and regularly (^Selachians, Ruckert); or ip) they develop into nuclei which divide slowly and with many abnormalities, and soon degenerate {Rcptilia, Oppel) ; or (c) they develop into nuclei which speedily degenerate without undergoing division {Dieniyctylus).

One thing is certain : such physiological polyspermy as has been described here is a usual occurrence in the eggs of many vertebrates. This establishes the important fact that the mere entrance of several spermatozoa into an ovum exerts no injurious influence upon development. This being true, it follows that the more frequent case of the admission of only a single sperm is probably to be regarded as due to the conditions of nuclear attraction rather than to any necessity for barring the way against superfluous spermatozoa. It is not that an excess of spermatozoa is harmful, but that the female nucleus is satisfied, as it were, with the entrance of one, and no longer acts so attractively upon those outside. The fact that several spermatozoa enter an ^gg which has been weakened by rough treatment or overripeness shows that the internal conditions of the Qgg cell have been altered, but shows nothing more. The abnormal development that follows cannot be regarded as purely the result of the superfertilization, but both events, the abnormal development as well as the entrance of several spermatozoa, are direct consequences of the internal disturbances in the ^gg. The normal

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entrance of a varying number of spermatozoa into an a^g merely indicates unessential variations in the intensity and duration of nuclear attraction.

IV. Cleavage.^

It is not difficult to obtain the egg of the newt immediately after the female has deposited it, and the order of appearance of the cleavage planes can then be accurately timed. I have preferred this mode of procedure to artificial fertilization since in this way the reproach of departure from the normal is not incurred.

The first cleavage plane begins from ten to twelve hours after the Qgg is laid. The furrow is vertical and divides the ^gg into two nearly equivalent halves, but usually falls more or less to one side of the exact mid line (Fig. 24, PI, XVII). The furrow reaches the lower pole forty-five to sixty minutes after it first becomes visible at the top of the


The second furrow is likewise vertical, and usually cuts the first at right angles near the mid-line, thus dividing the ^g% into four equivalent portions (Fig. 25). The second furrow appears from one and a half to two hours after the beginning of the first, and cuts its way to the lower pole with the same rapidity as the first.

With the completion of the second furrow all consistent regularity is at an end. The third furrow is often horizontal, but is very variable in position and is usually differently disposed in each of the four quadrants. Frequently it can be designated as equatorial only by courtesy, and occasionally it is distinctly vertical. This latter important fact I hope to bring out more clearly presently.

The point that I wish to touch on first is the great irregularity in the early cleavage stages. I have made a careful study of a large number of preserved eggs, and have depicted some of these in Figs. 26 to 32, PI. XVII. These figures con 1 1 should here state that I reserve a more detailed consideration of the facts and significance of cleavage for a joint paper soon to appear by Mr. A. C. Eycleshymer and myself.


sist of camera drawings of eggs seen in different positions. Each cell has its own individual number in order to facilitate recognition in the different points of view. The eggs chosen for this study were those especially favorable specimens which permitted identification of the first two cleavage planes. They are therefore to be regarded as more regular than the great majority of newts' eggs, since in most cases the first two planes cannot be recognized with any fair degree of certainty. In the eggs I have chosen to represent there is a minimum of uncertainty. The lines indicating the first two planes are printed more heavily than are the others. Since the magnification of all figures on this plate is the same, the series from Fig. 26 to Fig. 32 serves to illustrate the considerable variation in size of the newt's &^^. The size appears to be in the main dependent on the size of the female, the larger individual as a rule depositing the larger

Figs. 26A-26D represent an Qgg of eight cells seen in different positions. 26A is a view from the upper pole, 26B and 26C are views from the side, and 26D is from the bottom of the ^g%. The general disposition of the cells is very remote from the usual eight-cell stage, one cell — 3 — extending all the way from the upper to the lower pole. Figs. 27A27D are views of an Q^g of a more advanced stage, 27 A and 27D being respectively the upper and lower poles. The two upper right hand octants, 3-4 and 5-6, have divided in diagram fashion from the intersection of the first two planes, but the other two, 1-7 and 2-8, have divided at very different angles. Only one of the lower pole cells (Fig. 27C, 9-12) has begun to divide. Figs. 28A-28D show a still wider departure from the orthodox type of cleavage. The upper pole (28A) presents a far from regular appearance. Figs. 29AI-29D picture the most regular ^^^ of this stage that I was able to find. Even here the lines of the third vertical do not start from the intersection of the first and second planes. Figs. 30A-32B illustrate top and bottom views of three eggs in advanced stages of

1 The upper pole of this egg bears a close resemblance to the egg figured by Rauber ('83) in Fig. 35, PI. XII.

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cleavage. The total absence of any regularity in the arrangement of the cells is the most conspicuous feature.

It cannot reasonably be held, I think, that these eggs depart from the "normal" or the "type." They fairly represent the average and common course of cleavage in the newt, and would undoubtedly have resulted in normal development. I am convinced of the truth of this latter assertion through careful following out of a large number of living eggs.

The difficulty of following the cleavage in the Qgg of the newt is much enhanced by the opacity of the enveloping membrane. I have, therefore, usually removed the ^%g from the membrane soon after deposition. The removal of the membrane is accomplished with sharp needles and fine scissors, but is attended with considerable difficulty, and often results, even with the best of care, in the destruction of the egg. I have succeeded, however, after some practice, in extricating without injury a number of eggs and in following their subsequent development.

Figs. 33A-33F illustrate successive stages in the development of a living Qgg. Fig. 33 A shows the upper pole at the beginning of the third set of cleavage furrows. These furrows appeared in this egg at the time when the "equatorial" plane was normally due, and must hence be regarded as " homologous " with the usual "first equatorial plane" of the amphibian tgg. Fig. 33B is taken ten minutes later and exhibits an interesting and remarkable bilaterality. The two furrows on the left have united near the equator of the ^g'g, and, except for the unusual nearness of their proximal ends to the middle of the upper pole, would be regarded as part of a typical equatorial. The two furrows in the right half of the egg, on the contrary, cut down to a point near the middle of the lower pole, as is shown by the aid of an underlying plane mirror (Fig. 33C). By comparison of these views of the upper and lower poles it is clearly seen that in one half of this cigg the tJiird cleavage plane is an undoubted vertical, while in the other half it is a dubious equatorial. The fourth rhythmical nuclear division cleaves the ^gg into the cells seen in Fig. 3 3D. Comparison with Fig. 33C will show the distortion of the earlier cleavage


lines, and this distortion is carried still further by the next set of furrows (Fig. 33F). Fig. 33E portrays the lower pole of the stage shown in 33D and emphasizes the truly vertical character of the two furrows in the right half, which have here advanced so that they strike the center of the lower pole ; the equatorial tendency of the furrows in the other half of the egg is also confirmed. This egg developed into a perfectly normal embryo, with no visible deviation from the normal course of development.

I may here anticipate the forthcoming paper by Mr. Eycleshymer and myself so far as to state that we have convincing evidence that the whole third set of cleavage furrows in the amphibian Qg^ may at times be vertical instead of horizontal and yet result in normal development. This fact has obvious and important bearings upon the question as to the " homologies" in amphibian and teleostean cleavage.

Axis of the Embryo, etc. — The relation of the first cleavage plane to the axis of the embryo is a point of some interest, although in the light of recent cytogenetic studies it cannot be held to be a matter of such vital importance as was at one time supposed. The Qgg of the newt, as I have stated elsewhere, is enclosed at the time of deposition in an oval, thick-walled membrane. The egg thus enveloped has been submitted while in the oviducts to such compression that for several hours after it is laid it is very much elongated in the direction of the long axis of the capsule. The long diameter of the Q.gg at this time is often double the transverse diameter. Before the formation of the first cleavage plane the Q,gg resumes its spherical form. The first cleavage plane invariably passes through the Qgg at right angles to the axis of the capsule and therefore at right angles to the direction in which the ^gg was elongated by compression. If the ^gg be left undisturbed in its capsule it adheres to the bottom of the capsule so firmly that it may be turned bottom upwards without rotating. After repeated observation of the living Q.gg, I am convinced that when the Q.gg thus fixed remains undisturbed and under normal conditions, rotation cannot occur. By the direction of the convexity of the crescentic blastopore (Fig. 35) and while the form of the egg is



still spherical the axis of the embryo is seen to lie in the long axis of the capsule, and hence at right angles to the first cleavage ^Dlane. There is usually variation, often amounting to as much as 45° or 50°, but, in by far the great majority of the eggs I have examined, the axis of the embryo is approximately at right angles to the first plane of cleavage.

In the Q.g% of the frog, as is well known from the researches of Newport, Pfluger, Roux and others, the direction of the axis of the embryo coincides with the first cleavage plane. Throughout the animal kingdom there can be discovered no constancy in the relation of first cleavage plane and embryonic axis. There are several well-established instances where, as in the frog's ^%g, the two planes coincide, and recently cases have multiplied where the opposite is true and the planes are at right angles (Nereis, Wilson ; Crepiditla, Conklin ; Jcsra, McMurrich). Miss Clapp ('9l) has shown that out of twenty-three embryos of Batrachus, three showed coincidence of the axis of the embryo with the first cleavage plane. " Fourteen of the embryos had the head directed towards the right of the first line of cleavage, the axis of the body being at an angle with the first cleavage plane of from 30° to 70°. In the remaining six the head was to the left of the first cleavage plane, the angle varying as before." It is a plausible* hypothesis that when planes and axes do coincide or cross at right angles it is because both are determined by the same external conditions and not necessarily because there is any causal nexus between the two. It is possible that the same external factors that determine that the first spindle shall lie in a certain axis determine also the direction of the embryonic axis.

The most recent work in experimental embryology seems to confirm this inference and to demonstrate that great stress cannot be laid upon the relations of early cleavage planes and embryonic axes. When we know that four perfect gastrulae of Amphioxus can be produced from the first four quadrants of the Qgg, there is no basis for regarding the direction of the first cleavage plane as a matter of supreme importance. The early variations in the position of the nuclei in the newt (Plate XVII), and the irregular torsions of the first cleavage planes


(Fig. 33F) indicate sufficiently well that the early stages of cleavage do not, in this case, rigidly mark out the future development of the embryo. The course of embryonic development in some animals is not dependent on the position or indeed the existence of all the early cleavage nuclei. We are consequently led to the conclusion that the parts are not essential to the integrity of the whole, that indeed the whole may be deprived of some of its parts and yet remain the whole. There is no qualitative sorting out of nuclear substance in the early cleavage stages ; on the contrary a large proportion of nuclear substance can be displaced or even sacrificed without impairing the individuality of the embryo, or rendering it incapable of normal development. Wilson (-92) in his brilliant research upon the celllineage of Nereis, reached the conclusion that " Blastomeres having precisely the same mode of origin and precisely the same spatial relations to the rest of the embryo are by no means necessarily equivalent, either physiologically or morphologically, and the early cleavage-stages in themselves have little morphological value " (p. 455). Such a conclusion, drawn from annelid cleavage where the cell formation follows definite lines and the differentiation of important organs is strikingly precocious, is certainly applicable with added stringency to the other extreme of amphibian cleavage where the initial cleavage stages exhibit as a rule chaotic irregularities and variations.

Turning now to quite a different question, let us ask why the first cleavage plane should fall as it does in any individual case. Why should the plane pass through any particular meridian rather than through any other }

In the newt the most interesting fact about the first cleavage plane is its determinateness. It cuts the ^gg invariably, so far as my observations go, at right angles to the long axis of the enveloping capsule. In removing the ^gg from the capsule I have unfortunately not been able to preserve the orientation of the Qgg, and so have not succeeded in determining whether the (tgg when freed from the capsule still cleaves as it would have done inside. This constancy of direction of the first cleavage plane in the encapsuled Qgg puts an obstacle in the way of accepting for the newt the view that Roux has advanced for the

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frog, namely that the path of meeting of the male and female pronuclei defines the first plane of cleavage. In the newt we should have to suppose, to uphold this theory, that the pathway was always coincident with the median transverse axis of the capsule. Since the point of entrance of the spermatozoon is indeterminate this supposition of an invariable pathway of approach is not justified. Furthermore, since several spermatozoa normally enter the egg there are several pathways in different directions, and some of the spermatozoa travel a greater distance through the egg-substance than does the spermatozoon that unites with the female pronucleus. The sundering of the egg-substance may therefore be of greater extent along the path of an unsuccessful sperm-nucleus than along that of the " Hauptspermakern." It is obvious, then, that Roux's explanation of the direction of the first cleavage plane, however valid it may be for the Q.g^ of the frog, does not admit of application to the egg of the newt, and that here we must seek for some determining cause other than the path taken by the male and female pronuclei

As regards Schultze's view that the first cleavage plane is determined by the position of the germinal vesicle in the unfertilized ovum I must agree with Roux in considering the evidence for such a view inadequate.

In the case of the newt the very tempting explanation suggests itself that the direction of the first cleavage plane is due to the compression and elongation to which the Q.^g has been subjected in the oviduct. It may be legitimately maintained that the arrangement of the ^gg substance has been so affected by this compression that the first spindle can place itself with its long axis parallel to the elongated axis of the ^gg more readily than it can in any other axis. In other words the spindle takes the direction that it does because the ^gg has been elongated in that direction.

Another slightly different explanation of a similar mechanical nature is perhaps still more plausible. The Qgg soon after it is laid resumes its spherical form and is then in close contact with the capsule on all sides except in the direction of the long axis of the capsule. In this direction there is


room for expansion ; on all other sides the o^gg is hemmed in and is sometimes slightly compressed, as in cases where the capsule is so narrow as not to permit the Qgg fully to regain its spherical form. It is a curious coincidence, if nothing more, that the expansion of the Qgg incident upon the first cleavage should occur in just that direction m which it is most free to expand, that in other words the spindle takes up that position in which it can act most freely.

I am inclined to accept provisionally some such mechanical interpretation of the determinateness of direction of the first cleavage plane in the newt's ^gg. I do this the more readily since the effect of pressure in influencing the direction of cleavage planes is well known through the researches of Pfliiger, Roux, Driesch, and others. Roux's experiment of elongating frogs' eggs by compression in a narrow glass tube showed that such elongated eggs divided at right angles to their long axis, a fact that bears directly upon the case in hand.

By attributing the direction of the first cleavage plane to Sachs' law I do not in the least wish to be considered as implying that in the eggs of some animals other causes may not often take the place of pressure as a determining factor and may indeed override it. I wish simply to state my belief that mechanical compression operates as the determinant of the direction of the first cleavage plane in the newt.

If we admit, as I think we are bound to do, that the earliest cleavage stages of these eggs have little or no morphological significance then I see no escape from the conclusion that they must depend on environmental or mechanical causes of one sort or another. Precocious differentiation may invest the early cleavage-stages of some eggs with a factitious significance. In others the early spindles may change the direction of their axes under the influence of various slight mechanical causes.

V. Formation of the Blastopore.

Technique. — The difficulty of extricating the living Qgg uninjured from the membrane has been so great that I have as a rule preferred to kill the Qgg while it was still in the envelopes.

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This has not only saved much time, but has given me very satisfactory results for all studies of preserved specimens. I have found the most satisfactory killing agents to be Perenyi's fluid and the picro-sulphuric mixture of Kleinenbcrg, particularly the former, which I have come to use almost exclusively. The eggs at the desired stages are thrown into Perenyi for 24 to 48 hours, and then removed to a solution of hypochlorite of sodium (Eau de Labarraque), which so softens the membrane that it may easily be teazed off with needles. I have usually found it necessary to leave the eggs in the Labarraque for at least four to five minutes, in order to affect the membrane sufficiently. The eggs must be watched carefully during their stay in the hypochlorite, since both the strength of the commercial fluid and the resistance of the membrane vary widely ; over-exposure to the action of the fluid renders the Qg^ valueless. When the process of membrane softening has gone far enough — a point that only experience can determine — the hypochlorite is decanted and the eggs are very carefully washed with distilled water. After repeated washings the membrane is removed with needles, and the eggs are then transferred to 70 per cent, alcohol, where, after a few washings, they remain until wanted for examination. In this way I have obtained excellent specimens, which stain without difficulty and cut smoothly in paraffine. Eggs killed with the picro-sulphuric mixture are better for surface study, but are apt to be rather brittle for sectioning.

I have used for staining in toto chiefly borax carmine and Czokor's alum cochineal, both of which have given very satisfactory results.

For the surface study of preserved eggs I have used to advantage a background of white paraffine, in a hollow of which the egg lies, covered with 95 per cent, alcohol and lighted by direct sunlight with the aid of a condenser. By this method, which is substantially that followed by Erlanger ('89, p. 240), the surface of the Q.gg may be exhaustively studied, and camera drawings made of all the external features.

I have relied not so much, however, upon the examination of preserved eggs as upon the following out of the surface


changes in the Hving o.^^. Despite the considerable difficulty of removing the membrane I have succeeded in a number of cases in performing this operation, and in tracing the external changes in the Q^g thus freed. The development of such eggs is normal, and the time of appearance of the different external features is the same as in eggs on which the membrane is allowed to remain. The first stages of the formation of the blastopore are best observed with the aid of a plane mirror placed underneath the flat-bottomed watch-glass in which the Q%g rests. The reflected image of the lower pole may be easily studied with the dissecting microscope and the successive changes accurately determined. For the study of the blastopore when it shifts to the side, I place the Q.gg in a thin-walled glass chamber in which it can be examined with the microscope-tube in a horizontal position.

Segmentation cavity. — The segmentation cavity is formed at the division of the ^gg into eight cells, and enlarges progressively up to the time of beginning invagination (Figs. 4648). The roof of the segmentation cavity is shown by median sections to consist of a single layer of cells, while the floor is composed of a mass of large yolk-cells with ill-defined boundaries. The cells of the roof are somewhat columnar and, up to the time when invagination begins, divide for the most part vertically. Scott and Osborn ('79) state that in Triton tceniatiis the roof of the segmentation cavity is only one cell thick, in which respect it agrees with that of the Qgg of Petromyzon and differs from that of Rana. v. Bambeke ('80) and Hertwig ('82) have not been able to confirm this statement. They maintain that there is no essential divergence in this respect between the frog and the newt. However this may be with regard to the particular species considered by them, I am confident that in Diemyctyhis the roof of the segmentation cavity up to a comparatively late period is only one cell thick. In other words, the horizontal division of the roof cells does not occur so early in the newt as it does in the frog. This is clearly seen if we compare Fig. 48, Plate XVIII with Gotte's figures of Bonibijiator (Entwickelungsgeschichte, Figs. 2d> and 29, PI. II), or with other figures of Anuran eggs at this

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stage. The section through the egg of Tj'iton tcuniaius, depicted by Hertwig (Fig. i, PI. XIII) does not at all correspond with what I find in median sections through the eggs of Diemyctylus at this period.

External appearances . — Beyond a slight increase in the diameter of the egg, due, doubtless, to the formation of the segmentation cavity, there is for some time no visible external change except decrease in size of the cells consequent upon their multiplication. The first signs of gastrulation appear about fifty-four hours after the Qgg is laid, the temperature of the water being about 18° C. There is first a slight depression of some of the cells in the middle of the lower pole ; this becomes more and more pronounced, and finally results in an irregular pit, such as shown in Fig. 34. This pit grows deeper and its edges become more sharply outlined till there is a deep, nearly oblong depression extending in the direction A-B, Fig. 34. This depression is now at right angles to the future axis of the embryo. Almost as soon, however, as the depression assumes this form, faint sunken lines may be seen running off from the ends of the depression at an obtuse angle. The point of junction of these lines of sinking with the original area of depression is at first perfectly clear, and the angle is well marked, but very soon the angle is obliterated and the depression takes on the rounded semi-lunar appearance which has become familiar by repeated portrayal (Fig. 35). The horns of this half-moon gradually approximate, and in about twenty-four hours after the appearance of the depression the circle of the blastopore is complete (Fig. 36).

The more intimate phenomena of the formation of the blastopore must now be considered.

Invagination. — The view that the archenteron of the amphibia is formed by the infolding or ingrowth of cells that originally were external has been the one very generally upheld by the students of amphibian development. This conventional opinion has, however, been opposed by Moquin-Tandon ('76) and by Houssay ('9o), and has recently been attacked with spirit by Robinson and Assheton ('9i). These dissenters from the invagination hypothesis believe in its stead, "that the archen


teron is formed in situ by splitting amongst the yolk-cells, and that it is entirely surrounded by modified yolk cells." (R. and A.) The entoblast on the latter interpretation takes its origin wholly from the so-called yolk-cells ; on the invagination hypothesis it comes in part from infolding of the cells once covering the exterior and is continuous with them at the lips of the blastopore.

It is evident at the outset that the question of invagination or no-invagination can not readily be determined from the inspection of sections. The most that can be derived from sections will be only circumstantial evidence of greater or less significance. In the opinion of some investigators there is to be found in sections certain positive evidence that favors the invagination hypothesis ; their opponents deny the validity of such evidence and regard the appearances observed as accounted for more easily on the splitting hypothesis.

If we examine some of the evidence that has been supposed to indicate invagination it cannot be said to carry conviction. Some stress has been laid upon the fact that the cells lining the dorsal wall of the archenteron, and lying opposite to the cells of the yolk-plug, are smaller than those of the ventral wall, and that by this character they show their affinity to the ectoblast cells, with which, moreover, they are in direct connection. It has been shown by Robinson and Assheton, however, that in Rana this difference in cell size does not appear in the early stages of the blastopore, but becomes manifest only after the blastopore is well established. At first there is practical equality in the size of the cells around the blastopore and only later can a difference in size be detected. This is also the case in Dietnyctyhis. Later on, however, there is a striking inequality of size (Fig. 52). The advocates of the splitting hypothesis (v. Houssay, '90, p. 165) attribute this inequality to the greater activity of the cells forming the dorsal wall of the archenteron. That is to say, the dorsal archenteric cells divide more rapidly than the cells below them, and hence their number is greater and their average size less ; this differentiation is supposed to have taken place iii situ. It is obvious that this is a plausible or at any rate


possible explanation of the difference in cell size ; the fact that the dorsal archenteric cells are smaller than the ventral, and resemble in this respect the ectoblast cells, is no proof of their direct genetic connection with the latter : for aught that is known to the contrary a secondary resemblance may have been acquired in situ.

The presence of pigment in the borders of the cells supposed to be invaginated has likewise been taken as j^roving their external origin, but this cannot be regarded as a more conclusive argument than that drawn from the size of the cells. The pigment, even in early segmentation, is not confined to the cells of the upper pole, but darkens to a greater or less extent the borders of all the cells. At the time the archenteron begins to be formed pigment is found in the cells on both sides of the archenteric cleft, and as the cleft widens and deepens the black borders of the lining cells become more and more pronounced. Furthermore, as is well known, a double line of pigmented cells extends forward beyond the limit of the actual cleft, and this occurs at a stage when it is exceedingly unlikely, if not impossible, that epiblast cells should have invaginated to that distance. The fact that the pigment in this region is found in the opposed borders of tivo rows of cells cannot be regarded as strengthening the opinion that the presence of pigment signifies invaginated ectoblast cells. The presence of pigment in certain cells, therefore, should by no means lead us to refer those cells to an ectoblastic origin. It might on the contrary be quite as reasonably supposed that the pigment marks physiological activity, and that the less heavily pigmented cells of the ventral wall of the archenteron owe their relative lack of pigment to the more sluggish metabolism attendant upon less rapid cell division. That is to say, the presence of pigment may be directly correlated with the small size of the cells containing it.

The size of the yolk granules has sometimes been taken as affording a criterion of invagination. The yolk granules in the dorsal archenteric cells are much smaller than those in the ventral, and this characteristic is thought to relate the dorsal cells to the ectoblast cells and distinguish them from the cells


of the yolk-plug. This distinction, however, does not exist in early stages of the archenteron, as has been well shown by Houssay for the axolotl. I have observed a similar condition in Dicmyctylus : at the beginning of the formation of the archenteron the yolk granules in the surrounding cells are practically identical in size, and it is only in later stages that the yolk granules are smaller in the dorsal cells.^ This reduction in the size of the yolk granules may perhaps depend, like the size of the cells and the presence of pigment, upon the activity of the cells themselves and may have been due to the differentiation of cells in situ. The size of the particles of yolk is consequently not a sound criterion of the source of the


No one, of these characteristics of the cells of the dorsal wall, therefore, can be regarded as in any way satisfactory evidence for infolding : neither the size of the cells nor that of the yolk granules, and assuredly not the accumulation of pigment. All of these appearances may be explained perhaps equally well by supposing a differentiation of the cells itt situ. Houssay regards the difference between the dorsal and ventral walls as due simply to a difference in rapidity of development, and believes that the ventral cells pass through the same stages as the dorsal, but more slowly. Why there should be this striking disparity he does not attempt to explain.

The evidence thus far adduced for invagination is, to say the least, inconclusive. Let us next examine that brought forward

1 Houssay, taking his cue from Nuel ('81), believes in the subsequent regeneration of these reduced yolk granules ! " II y a plus. Ces cellules de la parol dorsale, qui avaient d'abord une apparence identiques aux cellules vitellines, puis qui ont acquis une forme voisine de celle des elements epiblastiques, vont de nouveau perdre cet aspect, acquerir de nouveau une grande taille et de gros granules, en passant de I'etat d'activite qui preside a la formation de I'intestin, a I'etat de repos ou elles demeurent tant que dure la formation du systeme nerveux" (p. 170). Houssay seems to ignore the grave physiological difficulties that lie in the way of accepting such an independent existence for yolk granules ; and it is certainly difficult to appreciate the precise advantage to the embryo of removing nutritive material from one portion of the developing egg to deposit it in the form of large yolk granules in the cells of the dorsal wall ! It is hardly necessary to suggest the fallacy involved in comparing sections of different stages, especially in such a respect as the size of yolk granules, and assuming continuity of development.

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in support of the splitting hypothesis. This evidence is, unfortunately, almost wholly of a negative character, and concerns itself with showing that the appearances observed in sections do not necessarily indicate invagination, but tally equally well — or, as is believed, better — with the hypothesis of delamination. The direct evidence for delamination seems to me singularly inadequate. I confess that it is difficult for me to understand why so much stress should be laid by the advocates of delamination upon the fact of the equality of cells, yolk granules, and pigment at the first origin of the archenteric cleft. While this fact does perhaps leave open the possibility of a subsequent differentiation of these elements in situ, it in no way indicates the probability of such an occurrence. It might be urged by the upholders of invagination, with perfect justice, that, although the first step in the formation of the archenteric cleft may be a split between the yolk-cells, there is no reason why one should not suppose invagination immediately to follow. There is not a shred of evidence to show that the large cells at first surrounding the mouth of the blastopore are not subsequently pushed in by the ingrowth of ectoblast cells. No positive evidence whatever exists to prove either the impossibility of invagination or the likelihood of no-invagination. I find it difficult to gather the reasons that have influenced Houssay, and Robinson and Assheton to adopt the view that invagination does not occur. Even if some of the usual arguments for invagination have no weight and have been carelessly advanced, that fact would hardly prove that the process of invagination did not occur.

I must here advert to the elementary fact that there are really two processes of "invagination" concerning which it is important to distinguish clearly. " Invagination " may mean either that the upper small (ectoblast) cells grow down over the large cells of the yolk-plug, or that the cells around the rim of the blastopore are turned in and rolled under to form the wall of the archenteron. Now either one of these invaginative processes may occur alone, or both may occur together. If I understand Robinson and Assheton correctly they maintain that the small cells neither grow down nor fold in {Rana).


"For during the formation of the blastopore the epiblast does not grow over the yolk-cells, enclosing them by a process of epibolic invagination" {p. 461). While I think there is good reason for holding that the process of ectoblast formation is not one of simple overgrowth, but is modified by the advancing differentiation of cells /;/ siUi, I do not see any reason for the wholesale denial of such overgrowth. There can be no question that the roof of the segmentation cavity contains much more material in the early stages than in the later (cf. Figs. 46-48). The disappearance of such a mass of substance may be best accounted for by supposing that cell proliferation has carried it further towards the lower pole. In fact, as I shall state presently, there is conclusive evidence that such overgrowth does occur. Robinson and Assheton, furthermore, fail to see that denial of this epibolic invagination involves them in serious difficulties when they attempt to explain the closure of the


I have fortunately succeeded in obtaining decisive ocular evidence that the small cells around the lips of the blastopore are actually infolded. With the aid of the underlying plane mirror previously mentioned, I have repeatedly watched in the living egg the slow rolling in of the small epiblast cells. This I have seen in the newt and in Rana palustris, and, through the kindness of Mr. A. C. Eycleshymer, I have repeated his observations upon Ambly stoma piinctatwn, where the large size of the cells renders the demonstration peculiarly convincing. The small cells roll down over the others (epibolic invagination), and at the same time the cells around the edge of the blastopore turn in and disappear from view (embolic invagination.?). It is obvious that the appearance of embolic invagination may be in part delusive. The small cells at the rim of the blastopore may simply remain stationary, while the other cells grow down over them. In other words, it may not be wholly cell proliferation that forms the " invaginated hypoblast," but a simple modification of the process of epibole. In the one case, the -invaginated hypoblast" is active, in the other, passive. I do not at present see how it is possible to differentiate sharply the two processes, and distinguish between

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the parts played by each. Epibole and embole certainly run into each other at the lip of the blastopore, and I see no reason for supposing that the process of cell proliferation, which is so active in the exterior cells, ceases when the cells have been engulfed by the epibolic overgrowth. Of the existence of the latter process there can be no question. Two hours spent in watching the marginal blastoporic cells in the living amphibian egg will enable any one to determine this to his complete satisfaction.

VI. Fate of the Blastopore.

It is with some diffidence that I take up the question of the fate of the blastopore, since for a long time the literature on the amphibian blastopore has been increasing in quantity if not in cogency. It would be a superfluous task to review in cxtcnso the far from concurrent opinions, since an excellent summary of the literature has been quite recently given by Erlanger ('89), and by Robinson and Assheton ('9i), to mention only two of the most recent. ^ On one point only is there practical agreement among all the later investigators, namely that the amphibian anus is either a remnant of the blastopore opening, or a breaking through in that region of the embryo at one time occupied by the blastopore. Whether it is in all cases a persisting portion of the original blastopore, or is in some cases a new opening of the old blastopore raphe, is, however, a much disputed question.

It seems necessary for the sake of clearness, if for no other reason, to distinguish between the Anuran and Urodelan blastopore. There seems good cause to suspect that the phenomena attending the closure of the blastopore differ in the two groups ; at any rate, nothing is to be gained by a hostile criticism of the results obtained from the study of one group upon the basis of results obtained from the study of the other.

^ It seems a curious oversight on the part of Robinson and Assheton that they make no mention either of Ilertwig's papers (Jenaische Zeitschr f. Naturwiss., 1882 and 1S83), or of Schanz's (Jenaische Zeitschr, 1887), since these papers must be regarded as among the most important contributions to the literature of the blastopore (cf, Erlanger, '91).


The anus in the Anura is apparently, in some forms at least, a new formation in the region of the primitive blastopore. Although my own observations have thus far been exclusively upon the newt, and my belief has consequently the weight only of an obiter dictum, I think the careful observations of Schanz ('87), Erlanger {'9i), and Robinson and Assheton ('9l), are deserving of acceptance. Even if we admit the possibility that the fate of the blastopore is different in other members of the same group, I see no way of escape from the facts adduced by these authors in the specific instances which they consider. It is possible, nay probable, that variations even among individuals of the same species may account for the discordant results of other investigators. Viewed in the light of Erlanger's suggestion ('89, p. 251), that the Anuran anus should be regarded as a secondary formation, I see no reason why we should not expect occasional and perhaps frequent reversion to the more primitive condition. I may here suggest that the interesting observations of Ziegler ('92) on the living Qg^ of Rana may perhaps be referable to some such explanation. Ziegler's observations, moreover, although highly interesting and important, afford no conclusive proof of the actual persistence of a portion of the blastopore opening. There is nothing in his figures that proves that the depression pictured communicates at all stages with the archenteron. That, I take it, could be demonstrated only by sections, though it is a supposition which the surface indications render plausible.

In the case of the Urodela there seems to be greater unanimity of opinion. The work of Miss Johnson ('84), Schanz ('87) and Morgan ('89) have practically established the fact that the Urodelan anus is a remnant of the blastopore which has remained open from the first. I shall show presently that my own observations on DiemyctyliLS support this view.

This main fact, however, admits of many variations of opinion as to essential details. What portion of the blastopore is it that persists as the anus } What are the relations of the socalled neuropore to the blastopore and to the anus '^. How is the primitive streak related to the blastopore . What is the method of closure of the blastopore .-' It is clear that

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the answers to these questions involve large theoretical considerations.

In my description of the closure of the blastopore in the newt, I shall, in this section, confine myself chiefly to a discussion of the questions already advanced and shall defer to a later section all extended reference to the origin and development of the germ-layers.

Method of closure of the blastopore. — There are several conceivable modes by which the blastopore might close. It might close either (i) by a convergence of all the marginal cells towards a central point, or (2) by a sort of peristaltic wave of approximation of the lateral cells from behind forwards or from before backwards, or (3) by a similar growth of the cells dorsally or ventrally, or (4) by a combination of any or all of these processes. Surface views afford most valuable evidence on this point, and for these I have learned to rely chiefly on the study of the living Qgg, since prolonged study of preserved specimens has served to convince me of the confusing nature of the evidence derived from comparison of different eggs in different stages.

The process in the living egg, as I have observed it in the newt, is usually as follows. When the circle of the blastopore is completed (Fig. 36) there ensues an approximately uniform convergence of cells from all sides. This convergence at first takes place at a nearly uniform rate, as shown by observation of the cell movement at different parts of the blastopore rim. It continues for a very varying length of time, but seems in all cases to be the first step in the dwindling of the blastopore. This method of closure by centripetal convergence of the marginal cells is substantially the method witnessed in some Annelids {Nereis, Rhynchelmis). In the newt, however, such uniform convergence does not continue to take place up to the end. Before the blastopore is obliterated, and usually while its diameter is still considerable, the cells at the ends of a line drawn through the blastopore parallel with the mid-axis of the embryo lag behind the cells at the sides. These latter press rapidly in towards the middle, and the result is the formation first of an oval (Fig. 38), then of a longitudinal slit (Fig. 40). This movement brings it to pass that the yolk-plug is covered


first at the ends of the mid-line and remains exposed longest in the middle. (Fig. 38.)

There are, however, important variations in the process above outlined. Such a one is depicted in Fig. 37. Here, it will be observed, the closure has been chiefly from behind forwards as indicated by the faint groove running off posteriorly. Sections through the region of this groove show a fusion of the layers, and I have found by the reconstruction of embryos in this stage that this fusion of layers is of greater extent than the fusion at either the anterior or the lateral lips. This condition is comparable with that described by Robinson and Assheton ('9i) in the eggs of Rana tcniporaria. In the newt the posterior groove seems to be more clearly marked than in Rana and the visible remnant of the yolk-plug is oval rather than circular in outline. I agree with these authors in believing that in eggs showing such a structure there has been a coalescence of the posterior lips of the blastopore, but I cannot regard this as illustrating the "typical" method of closure for the blastopore of the newt. It must, I think, be considered rather as the usual preliminary to a stage similar to that shown in Fig. 38, though I have unfortunately been unable to determine this point in the living o-gg. I am certain that in the newt the whole blastopore rarely, if ever, closes by the progressive coalescence of the posterior lips alone, although I admit that such posterior coalescence does sometimes anticipate to a greater or less degree the movement of the anterior cells. The simultaneous approximation of the lateral cells botJi anteriorly and posteriorly, as shown in Fig. 38, is the more usual occurrence in the newt.

Hertwig ('82, PI. XII, Figs. 3 and 4) has figured stages in the closure of the blastopore of Triton tcsniatns that agree very closely with what I have observed in Diemyctylus. Fig. 4 (Hertwig, '82) shows the lines of closure stretching off both in front of and behind an oval yolk-plug. I infer that this must indicate the same general method of antero-posterior closure which occurs in Diemyctylus. Morgan ('89, PI. XLII, Fig. A) also has figured a similar stage for Amblystoma, but attributes the appearance (p. 356) to the elongation of a circular blasto

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pore. I am unable to convince myself that in the newt there is anything more than a continuation of the process of shrinkage. ^

Another not uncommon condition is illustrated in Fig. 39. This is somewhat older than the stage shown in Fig. 38 and is marked by the still circular outline of the very small blastopore. The lines running off behind and in front indicate the seams of closure.

The closure of the blastopore in the newt, then, may be considered to take place in the following manner. There is first a convergence at a uniform rate of cells from all parts of the margin. This process becomes gradually modified, sometimes very early in the blastopore history, sometimes very late, by the more rapid movement of the cells on either side of the axial mid-line. At this point considerable variations arise, (i) The movement of the posterior cells may anticipate that of the anterior, in which case the blastopore " closes from behind forwards." This occurrence I believe to be quite frequent in the newt. About ten per cent, of the preserved eggs that I have examined seem to be closing in this manner. The point of great interest in these cases, and one which my study of the living ^^^ unfortunately leaves unsettled, is whether a closing also " from before backwards " may not immediately succeed the stage figured (Fig. 37). It is worthy of note in this connection that the blastopore in eggs of the stage showing only a posterior groove is usually of about the same size. When the eggs are in the stage in which the blastopore opening is nearly obliterated there are, I think invariably, lines running in both directions (Figs. 38 and 39). (2) There is the possibility that the movement of the anterior cells may anticipate that of the posterior. This, if it happens at all in the newt, is not common. That it occurs occasionally is, I think, probable. Only in this way can I explain certain puzzling cases in which such a line as shown in Fig. 57 is seen running off miteriorly. (3) The movement of the anterior and posterior cells may be approximately synchronous, in which case the blastopore may be

1 Dr. Morgan has since informed me that he did not intend to imply actual elongation, but simply the narrowing to an oval of the earlier circular outline.


considered as closing" in both directions. This I think is what usually happens in the newt.

The lateral cells continue to press in towards the mid-line until the blastopore exists only in the form of a longitudinal slit. This at first opens into the archenteron along its whole length, but soon the ingrowing lateral cells meet along the middle of the slit, leaving a small circular orifice at each end. The anterior of these openings is the evanescent neuropore; the posterior remains open as the permanent anus (Fig. 42).

It is evident from the facts above adduced that very great significance cannot be attached to the manner of closure of the blastopore. The work of other observers points to the same conclusion. The blastopore in amphibia, and in other vertebrates also, has been described as closing both from behind forwards and from before backwards, as well as in both directions simultaneously. The closing of the Urodelan blastopore in the middle has been observed by Schanz ('87) and Morgan (-89), and is a constant occurrence in the newt. Whether this mesial coalescence is in all cases preceded by a coalescence at either end of the blastopore varying in character and extent, or whether the mesial coalescence sometimes steps in directly upon the cessation of the uniform convergence of the marginal cells seems to me an open question. I am convinced that in the newt, at least, occasional variations cover several of the possibilities of antero-posterior coalescence. The mesial approximation of the lateral lips, resulting first in the formation of a longitudinal slit and then of an anterior neuropore and a posterior anus seems invariably to follow the diversity of the earlier conditions.

Variation in the manner of blastopore closure in the same group of animals, or even in the same species, is not uncommon. E. B. Wilson ('89) observed in Limibriciis " a considerable variation in the closure of the blastopore, owing to differences in the rate of folding between the sides and the posterior margin of the blastopore. As a rule, the sides fold in more rapidly than the hinder lip, thus giving rise to a slit-like blastopore, but in some cases the reverse is true, so that the blastopore never appears as a slit, but always as a rounded opening"

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(p. 400). In Luvibiicns the blastopore closes from behind forwards, in RJiyncJiehnis and Clcpsmc from before backwards.

To what, then, shall we attribute the variations in the closure of the blastopore .-* Evidently they can be due to no phylogenetic necessity, but rather to slight, unimportant individual differences in the rapidity of cell proliferation and movement at different parts of the blastopore rim, and may perhaps in the final analysis rest upon trivial mechanical causes.

One important fact, however, is brought out into sharp relief by the work of all investigators of the amphibian blastopore, namely, that the blastopore is closed at least in part by closing in of the lateral lips along a median line. I cannot regard it as an objection against the theory of concrescence of the vertebrate embryo that the blastopore does not always close by retrogressive fusion of its lips. On the contrary, I think variations such as we have noticed are distinctly the outcome of secondary and fluctuating conditions. Whether the blastopore closes "from behind forwards " or "from before backwards," or in both directions, does not appear to have great significance, and does not in the least affect the salient fact of coalescence of the lateral lips along a mid-line.

Neuropore and Anns. — It is evident, from what I have already stated, that the relative position of neuropore and anus cannot be constant. I am thoroughly convinced, after a careful examination of many preserved eggs, and after observation of the blastopore closure in the living ^gg, that the anus may lie in almost any portion of the original mid-line through the blastopore. Fig. 42 shows the greatest separation of neuropore and anus that I have ever observed. The two openings usually lie much closer together, at a distance represented by about one-third of the interval shown in Fig. 42. The examination of preserved specimens inclined me at first to believe that the neuropore was pushed back from some such extreme initial position as that represented in the figure, but study of the living ^gg showed me that such is probably not the case, and that the gradations I observed were individual variations and not consecutive stages. The neuropore and anus, then, have their position, relative and


absolute, determined by the extent of antero-posterior coalescence. The longest space that I have observed between, the two openings is represented in Fig. 42, and it must be noticed that this extreme case affords no support to the view that there is an elongation of a circular blastopore. In such an Q.gg as that shown in Fig. 39 the other extreme is indicated ; in this instance the distance separating neuropore and anus would obviously be slight.

The neuropore is quite transitory, remaining open but a few hours, and closing long before the meeting of the medullary folds. The position of the neuropore is more constant than that of the anus ; it always lies near the anterior end of the blastopore, and the fused area in front of the neuropore is, in all specimens I have examined, less than the fused area behind the anus. Fig. 6^ represents a horizontal section through Fig. 40, in which the blastopore has narrowed to a longitudinal slit. Fig. 62 shows a sagittal section through a stage similar to that shown in Fig. 42. The neuropore lies dorsally (anteriorly) and the anus below, and between these is shown, the mass of ingrowing lateral cells which have just met in the mid-line. Regarding the significance of this strangely persistent ancestral structure, conjecture is at present idle. We are not even, I think, able to determine whether this anterior portion of the blastopore primitively opened freely to the exterior as the neuropore, and has been only secondarily caught in as the "neurenteric canal" by the precocious closing of the medullary folds, or whether the reverse is true.

The posterior opening remains as the permanent anus. The backward extension of the medullary folds brings the anus to lie just behind them (Fig. 43). The external appearances do not differ from those pictured by Ziegler ('92) for the frog, while sections show that this opening in the newt maintains its integrity throughout, and eventually functions as the anus. The sections figured by Miss Johnson ('84) adequately represent in this respect the conditions I have found in the later stages of the newt.

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the area pellucida of the chick blastoderm, has since come to obtain a wider significance. Homologous areas have been alleged to exist in the early stages of other vertebrates, and some of these cases have been looked upon as throwing light on the meaning of this primitive and persistent structure. The macroscopic appearance of a "streak" is simply the outward expression of an inner thickening of the embryonic area, due to the fusion of the tJirce primary gei'in-laycrs. This fusion must be regarded as the most characteristic mark of the primitive streak and can evidently be discovered only from sections, so that observations of a primitive streak" based on surface views alone are of doubtful value. Taking as a criterion of the primitive streak, then, the fusion of germ-layers, what is the hidden significance of this early union of the three layers in a linear mass or streak, tJic long axis of which invariably coincides with the long axis of the embryo ?

It is a fact of no small importance that the rim of the blastopore is the region where the fusion of layers first makes its appearance in many vertebrate embryos. This fact alone tempts one to believe that the primitive streak is the result of the fusion of the lips of the blastopore in the mid-line. The comparison of the line of fusion of the lips of the Elasmobranch blastopore with the primitive streak of the Amniota was made long ago by Balfour, who, however, expressly disclaimed any implication of homology.

Assuming that in the newt the primitive streak is the linear mass of fused germ-layers formed by the bringing together of the blastopore lips, let us determine its extent and character without, for the instant, any reference to possible homologies. Figs. 52 and 55 represent median sagittal sections through early blastopore stages. The only region of fusion is that immediately around the yolk-plug. This fused area is seen in these sections to be slightly greater at the posterior (ventral) lip, but this fact does not come out so clearly as in reconstructions. The lateral lips of the blastopore begin to approximate shortly after the stage shown in Fig. 55, and a horizontal section through Fig. 40 in the line 63-63 (Fig. 63) shows the lips almost touching. A median sagittal section through the next


stage (Fig. 42) affords us a good view of the primitive streak at its period of maximum extension (Fig. 62, x, z). The lateral lips have just met in the mid-line, and the fused area (Figs. 42 and 62) reaches from a point in front of the neuropore {x) to a point some distance behind the anus {p), the only breaks in its continuity being the small perforations of neuropore and anus. If we adhere to our determination to designate the whole extent of fused area as primitive streak, then there is obviously a portion of the streak that lies in front of the neuropore and another portion that lies behind the anus. There is, however, an important consideration that tends to qualify the acceptance of such a view. This is the question of the thickness of the fused blastopore rim, — the germ-ring. For it is obvious that a portion of this fused mass will in any event lie in front of the neuropore, and, unless it exceeds in extent the thickness of the original germ-ring at this point, cannot be strictly regarded as formed by fusion of the lateral lips. Now comparison of Fig. 62 with Figs. 52 and 55 shows that this is actually the case, that the fused area in front of the neuropore is no greater than the thickness of the germring, and that therefore the neuropore in this instance probably lies at the anterior end of the blastopore. If we apply the same test to the fused area behind the anus {cf. the lower lip in Fig. 62 with Figs. 52 and 55) we discover that the thickness is considerably greater than the thickness of the original blastopore rim, and we must therefore conclude that the anus does not lie at the posterior end of the original blastopore, but at some distance in advance of it. These facts come out still more clearly on comparison of the thickness of the lateral lips (Fig. 63) with that of the anterior and posterior lips (Fig. 62). The primitive streak, then, is that fused mass formed by the median meeting of the lateral lips plus the thickness of the anterior and posterior lips of the germ-ring.^

The early fusion of layers, both anteriorly and posteriorly,

1 In making this statement I do not wish to be understood as implying a constant thickness for the germ-ring from the moment of its first inception. On the the contrary I believe that cell proliferation usually modifies the original thickness, although to a comparatively slight extent.

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is shown in Figs. 49-5 1 . Here the primitive groove is deep, and is interrupted in the middle by the still exposed yolk-plug. Fig. 58 is a horizontal section through a stage somewhat older than that shown in Fig. 42, and represents the primitive streak and primitive groove. This condition results, it is evident, from the fusion of the lateral lips depicted in Fig. 63. A still later aspect of the primitive streak is represented in Fig. 65. This is a section through the hind end of an Qgg slightly younger than that shown in Fig. 44, and shows the somewhat dorsal position of the streak at this time. The neuropore has by this time vanished, and the primitive streak in consequence extends with unbroken continuity in front of the anus. The section figured is the twelfth in front of the anus, and there are ten sections more before the anterior limit of the primitive streak is reached. Fig. 59 is the eighteenth section anterior to Fig. 65, and Fig. 53 is the thirty-seventh anterior to Fig. 59.

The primitive streak and groove as they appear in surface views are shown in Fig. 42 as the dark line between the neuropore and anus. Later these surface features cannot be detected ; the groove is completely obliterated, but sections reveal to us the presence of a primitive streak running both backwards and forwards from the anus (Fig. 65).

It is this primitive streak in front of the aniLS which was looked upon by Miss Johnson ('84), so far as I can gather from her figures, as lying in front of the blastopore. The two statements carry quite a different signification, as will be evident to those who have followed my description. I am unable, however, to account for the great forward extension of the primitive streak represented in some of Miss Johnson's figures. In Diemyctyhis the fusion of layers by no means reaches so far forward as "the middle of the embryo." No more can I reconcile my observations with those of O. Schultze ('88) on Rana fusca. Schultze depicts a primitive streak which " von der dorsalen Urmundlippe sich nach dem Kopfe hin allmahlich ausdehnt, und wachst also der Primitivstreif auch bei den Amphibien von hint en nach vorn." (p. 330.) However it may be in these animals, in Dicmyctylus, I am confident that


there is no such forward extension of the fused mass of layers.

The length of the primitive streak in Diemyctyliis never exceeds or indeed equals the diameter of the original blastopore. This, too, is despite the probable additions to the fused area due to cell proliferation. I attribute the differences in the length of the primitive streak of Diemyctylus to the variations in the amount of centripetal convergence of the marginal cells. Early meeting of the lateral lips will produce a long primitive streak, late meeting a short one.

Surface views, as I have already stated, do not show in the newt any trace of a true primitive streak in front of the blastopore. There is, however, a wide, shallow groove on the dorsal aspect of the embryo ("Riickenrinne," " sillon median ") which might perhaps be taken for the primitive groove. There is no fusion of layers in this region (Fig. 54, n.g}j, and since I must persist is regarding the fusion of layers as the criterion par excellence of the true primitive streak and groove, I must consider this second groove as at least in some degree an independent structure. I shall designate it accordingly as the neural groove (Figs. 40-42, n.g^. The neural groove at its first appearance is not connected with the primitive groove which lies posterior to it, but is in the early stages separated from it by a ridge of cells (Figs. 40-42). Later on the neural groove extends backward to the primitive groove so as to appear continuous with it. The neural groove appears in sections as a shallow depression of the ectoblast, the layers beneath not being involved (Figs. 53-54). Since the formation of the notochord takes place at about this period it seems possible that the uplifting of the notochord cells may have something to do with the external appearance of a "streak" which is sometimes described. More often only the "groove" is apparent externally.

I may perhaps be allowed to suggest that the depression of the ectoblast may in itself account for the "fusion" described by Schultze ('88). It may possibly have come about that the sinking in of the neural groove ("/r." in Schultze's figures 5, 6, 7) changes the earlier condition of separate layers (Schultze's

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figures i, 2, 3) into a stage of apparent fusion. I put this forward, however, only as a mere suggestion to be tested by future observation of Anuran embryos of this stage. Schultze's figures do not convince me that the "fusion" along the median dorsal line in Rana is in any way the equivalent of the primitive streak in DiemyctyliLS. {Cf. e.g. Figs. 58 and 65 with Schultze's Figs. 5, 6, 7.)

The neural groove, which is always quite shallow along most of its extent, becomes, soon after its appearance, much deeper , in the extreme anterior portion. This deepening is evidently the "pit" mentioned by Miss Johnson ('84, p. 662). There is, as will be seen in Fig. 64, an apparent fusion of layers at the base of this pit. I hesitate, however, to attribute any special significance to this fusion since it is isolated and limited in extent, and since I am convinced that the appearance of fusion is due chiefly to the dipping in of the superficial ectoblast.

The meaning of the neural groove is, I confess, very puzzling. I am inclined to think the groove may be caused by the mechanical stresses that attend the development of the neural folds, but am poorly satisfied with so nebulous an explanation. I am compelled, nevertheless, to accept some such interpretation rather than any that would relate it to the primitive groove, from which I believe it to differ utterly in origin, structure and significance. It will be seen, then, that I regard the primitive streak of Amphibia as formed by fusion of the blastodermic layers, and that this fusion is given a linear direction by the coming together of the lateral blastopore lips. In this respect I agree with Schwarz ('84), Goette,^ and Robinson and Assheton ('9l). I agree also with these last-named authors that there is no reason for not including the ventral lip of the anus within the primitive streak. The whole germ-ring, the fused rim of the blastopore, is responsible for the formation of the primitive streak, and the latter structure is simply the result of the fusion of the blastopore lips along the axial

1 1 have not been so fortunate as to see Goette's paper (Abhandlungen zur Entwickelungsgeschichte der Tiere, V. Heft, Leipzig, 1890) and know it only by abstracts.


line. Any one portion of this fused area therefore is just as much entitled to be considered primitive streak as any other.

I must dissent, however, from the singular conclusion of Robinson and Assheton that the primitive streak of Bonibinator, Triton and Petromyzon is not homologous with the primitive streak of Rana temporaria. I do not think that variations in direction of formation or in the relative position of the anus are sufficient reasons for the rejection of the homology of this fused linear mass of germ layers. As I have endeavored to show, the method of closure of the blastopore and the position of the anus are not constant, even in the same group of animals, and hence cannot be looked upon as dependent on purely primary causes.

I consider, therefore, that the primitive streak, wherever found, is the expression of the fusion of the blastopore lips. (Prostomanaht). That in different groups of animals the primitive streak should vary widely in character and extent is not surprising,

VII. Germ-layers and Notochord.

Since I believe that the prevailing uncertainty regarding the origin and extent of the germ-layers in amphibia can be successfully met only by a comparative study, I shall not attempt at this time any extensive discussion of my results upon the newt. It does not seem to me likely that the events in a single animal, however illuminating in themselves, can be regarded as "characteristic" or "typical" of the whole group. For this reason I shall for the present simply describe the early development of the germ-layers in the newt and shall draw none but the most obvious inferences from my work.

The ectoblast in the newt is derived chiefly from the small cells of the upper pole, although cells split off from the upper end of the yolk-cells are at first constantly add^d to these. There is always a certain area of yolk-cells — the yolk-plug — which, although originally superficial, is ultimately covered in by the downward growth of small ectoblast cells. I have else


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where (pp. 333, 334) indicated my reasons for s tating that this epibolic invagination occurs.

The roof of the segmentation cavity is for a long time only one cell thick. About the time invagination begins, the nuclei of the roof cells assume an alternate arrangement like that described by Scott and Osborn ("79), and the formation of a double-layered ectoblast proceeds in the way they describe. This doubling is undoubtedly in part due to delamination, and in part also, as Scott and Osborn suggest, to the alternation of wedgeshaped cells which draw in their edges and come to lie one row above the other (Fig. 54). Sometimes the single layer of ectoblast cells persists to quite a late period (Fig. 55). Whatever the significance of this persistent condition of single-layered ectoblast there is no question that it is radically different from the several-layered condition seen in Anuran embryos of this stage. (See e.g. Schultze's figures of Ra7ia fiisca, '88.)

The thinning out of the ectoblastic roof of the segmentation cavity and the concomitant thickening near the rim of the blastopore are, I think, genetically related to the corresponding phenomena attending the formation of the germ-ring in Teleosts.

The entoblast in the newt has in a sense a double origin. It comes in part from invagination of the primitive ectoblast cells and in part from the yolk-cells. Along the dorsal wall of the archenteron it is impossible to distinguish the cells derived from one source from those derived from the other. In such an Qgg as that shown in section in Fig. 5 5 we can safely assert only that the most anterior entoblastic cells have been differentiated in siUi and that the most posterior cells have been invaginated. Between these two extremes there is no cell that we can point to and surely identify as the foremost invaginate cell. The cells derived from the two sources grade so insensibly into each other that the transition point cannot be detected. It does not seem likely that at the early stage shown in Fig. 55 the invaginate cells reach as far forward as the middle of the embryo, but such a belief must obviously be grounded on other considerations than those afforded by sections alone. The ventral and a considerable part of the lateral walls of the archenteron are formed from the yolk-cells {cf. Figs. 55, 56,


62, etc.). The entoblast cells which line the archenteron come in later stages to assume a columnar form (Figs. 57, 62).

I have not been able to discover a stage where I could distinguish only two germ-layers. At the time of beginning invagination there is always an indifferent fused mass of cells around the blastopore rim. It is from this indifferent region that the mesoblast is first formed. The line between ectoblast and entoblast at this point must always be an arbitrary one, since individual cells, which at one time lie externally, are a few hours later rolled under the edge and thus converted into entoblast. Whether we shall regard the mesoblast in this region as coming from the inner or outer germ-layer is largely a matter for personal predilection to determine. It is in a sense true that the mesoblast comes from both layers since it unquestionably develops in just that indifferent, indeterminate region where ectoblast is being continually transformed into entoblast by the rolling under of the outer cells. It has on the whole, however, a much more intimate relation with the invaginated cells than with the cells just on the outer edge.

The mesoblast grows forward in this way from the blastopore rim and has, even in very early stages, a greater forward extension dorsally and ventrally than on the sides. Precisely how much of this is due to forward proliferation and how much to differentiation in situ I have not been able to determine. Except for the comparatively limited fused area immediately in front of the blastopore, the mesoblast is deficient along the median dorsal line (Figs. 54, 55, 59). In the immediate neighborhood of the dorsal line and at a somewhat variable distance in front of the region of fusion the mesoblast comes into close and unmistakable relations with the entoblast. The mesoblast exists here in the form of small, scattered cells which can in some cases be sharply distinguished from the entoblast cells, and in other cases run into them by imperceptible gradations. Fig. 59 shows one of these localities where mesoblast and entoblast are differentiating from the same mass of cells. This conversion of yolk-cells into mesoblast appears to take place first in the hinder part of the embryo and progresses anteriorly.

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The process of mesoblast formation in the extreme anterior end of the embryo is of a particularly interesting nature; the way in which it here develops is represented in Fig. 64. Here the archenteron is in free communication with diverticula of mesoblast on either side. The mesentoblast in this locality is in a similar condition in all eggs of this stage that I have examined although it rarely presents such a strikingly pouched arrangement as is shown in the section I have figured. I have purposely illustrated the clearest case of mesoblastic diverticula that has come under my notice, but the same general arrangement of cells, although often masked and obscure, exists always in this region and almost always suggests diverticula from the archenteron. That such a connection of mesoblast and entoblast indicates an origin for the mesoblast of the newt similar to that typified by the serial gut-pouches of AnipJiioxiis seems to me probable. Such a condition of the mesoblast as exists in the newt tends unmistakably to support Hertwig's well-known coelom theory. Fig. 59 shows a similar state of mesentoblast in the hinder part of the embryo although here the pouches are less pronounced. I have not been able to discover any very clear serial arrangement of these archenteric diverticula, but hesitate to say that such metameric arrangement does not exist. If present at all in the newt, however, it is decidedly obscure.

The mesoblast, then, appears first around the margin of the blastopore and is consequently in this region in close connection with the entoblast. This connection of mesoblast and entoblast is ruptured somewhat irregularly and is usually broken first near the middle of the embryo. Precisely as in the case of the entoblast I have not found it possible to distinguish between the mesoblast derived from invagination and that derived from the yolk-cells. This connection of mesoblast and entoblast is confined to a limited area on either side of the dorsal median line ; laterally the two layers are not in contact. The mesoblast appears to originate chiefly, if not solely, in this locality (Figs. 59, 60), and to proliferate ventrally. In later stages it completely encircles the yolk in the hinder part of the embryo (Fig. 56), but more anteriorly (Fig. 57) the sheets of mesoblast are still separate and do not yet meet in the median ventral


line. This condition is probably due to the fact that the anterior mesoblast develops more tardily than the posterior, and is therefore really at an earlier stage in Fig. 57 than in Fig. 56.

The mesoblast in the newt has in this sense, then, a double origin. It arises like the entoblast in part from the blastopore rim, and in part from the yolk-cells along either side of the median dorsal line. Like the entoblast, too, the mesoblast from these two sources is separated by no well-marked line, but to all appearances is completely continuous. It is, from the outset, however, separated by the chorda-entoblast along the median dorsal line into two lateral sheets, and consequently may be said to have along the greater part of its course a paired origin.

The origin of both entoblast and mesoblast, therefore, jDoints to a fundamental unity of origin for both layers, and indicates that the distinction of mesoblast as "gastral" or "peristomal," although justified perhaps by considerations of convenience, is not grounded on an essential difference. Instead of regarding the mesoblast as having in reality a " double origin," I think we may suppose that the splitting off from the entoblast of the lateral mesoblastic leaves is simply a continuation into the embryo, as it were, of the process of invagination. It is possible that the two modes of mesoblast formation were originally alike and that differentiation has stepped in only secondarily. The continuity of entoblast and mesoblast is certainly a point in favor of this view, as is also the progressive formation of mesoblast from behind forwards. It is also significant that the mesoblastic diverticula are, as in AmpJiioxus, most pronounced in the anterior part of the embryo (Fig. 64).

NotocJioi'd. — The notochord in the newt is, along most of its length, exclusively entoblastic. The early stages of the notochord near the middle of the embryo are shown in Figs. 53, 54. The cells of the median dorsal wall of the archenteron assume a somewhat columnar form, and are gradually pushed up and pinched off until they are completely separated from the entoblast and come to lie above it in the mid-line. The gap left in the wall of the archenteron is soon closed up by entoblast cells, and all trace of the line of origin of the notochord is thus obliterated. The size of the notochordal cells

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soon diminishes, whether by division or by actual loss of substance I do not know; but the effect is to produce cells of about the same dimensions as the mesoblast cells that lie on either side and often come into contact with the notochordal cells (Figs. 56, 57). In many cases, and particularly in the more anterior and posterior portions of the embryo, the notochord begins to be formed while the connection of entoblast and mesoblast still persists in the immediate neighborhood. It thus comes about that both notochord and mesoblast take their origin simultaneously from the same mass of entoblastic cells, and the boundaries of the different elements are consequently hard to define (Figs. 59, 64). The notochord, like the mesoblast, becomes separated from the entoblast in the middle of the embryo while the connection is still intact in the more posterior portion (Figs. 60, 61). The small size of the mesoblastic cells, as compared with the notochordal cells in this region (Figs. 60, 61), renders impossible any confusion as to the origin of the notochord at this point.

The notochord is formed along its posterior portion to an unknown and probably varying extent by "invaginate entoblast," and in its more anterior portion by "yolk-entoblast." Posteriorly the chord runs into the fused mass of cells known as the primitive streak, and anteriorly into a body of cells poorly defined, but probably entoblastic (Fig. 64).

Since Schultze's ('88) observations were made upon Rana fiisca and not upon a Urodelan amphibian, I do not feel called upon to criticise his results. I can merely remark that the large number of cells in the dorsal mid-line of Rana is quite different from the condition existing in the newt. It is possible that this large number of cells may tend to obscure somewhat the real course of events. I must also point out the fact that certain of Schultze's figures (as Fig. \2a) do not forbid the assumption that in Rana, as in Dieinyctylus, the entoblast plays an important part in the formation of the notochord. The fact that both notochord and mesoblast form simultaneously from the same region of entoblastic cells has also doubtless its share in producing delusive appearances.

August, 1892.



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Fig. I. Egg just after deposition ; accidental break in membrane (X 7).

Fig. 2. Spermatophore just after discharge; gelatinous base with projecting spine which bears tuft of spermatozoa (X 2).

Fig. 3. Portion of upper pole of egg at time of deposition, showing " clear spot" (X48) \cf. Fig. 21].

Fig. 4. Section through young egg ; follicle just forming (X 500).

Fig. 5. Portion of section showing beginning yolk-formation (X 1000).

Fig. 6. Surface view of portion of the upper pole of living egg soon after deposition ; sp., spermatozoon entering egg in close proximity to the " clear spot,"

cl. sp. (y. 20).

Fig. 7. Section through young egg showing yolk formation ; vacuolation of cytoplasm in upper half of section ( X 90).

Fig. 8. Egg membranes — Nectiiriis ( X 500).

Fig. 9. Egg membranes — Diemyctyhis (X 500).

Figs. 10-13. Sections through yolk-nuclei of different stages, dk. (X 375).

Fig. 14. Section showing germinal vesicle in young egg ; egg, .31 mm. in diameter (X 1000).

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Fig. 16. Section of germinal vesicle {g.v.)\ yolk-nucleus {dk) in contact with it ; peripheral nucleoli disintegrating. In the yolk-nucleus are three coarsely granular areas which stain more deeply than the rest of the Dotterkern (X 375).

Fig. 17. Section of germinal vesicle of Rana palustris (X 225).

Fig. 18. Maturation spindle from egg found in body-cavity. Stained with acid fuchsine. (X 140).

Fig. 19. Maturation spindle from egg found in oviduct (X 140).

Fig. 20. " Second polar body " ; one and one-half hour after the egg was laid ; several spermatozoa in the egg (X 140).

Fig. 21. Maturation spindle from egg found in body-cavity. Unstained preparation (X 140).

Fig. 22. Maturation spindle from an egg found in the upper part of the oviduct ; the egg possessed a very thin enveloping membrane (X 140).

Fig. 23A. Union of male and female pronuclei in egg eight hours after laying. m., male pronucleus (?) ; /, female pronucleus (?) (X 375).

Fig. 23B. Section showing spermatozoon entering egg ; two hours after laying. A spindle in the same stage as that in Fig. 20 is present in the egg (X 140).

Fig. 23C. Spermatozoon entering egg ; two hours after laying. A spindle of the stage shown in Fig. 20 is present (X 140).

Fig. 23D. Spermatozoon in egg ; four hours after laying (X 140).

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Figs. 24-25. Views of upper pole of living egg ; first two cleavage planes. Figs. 26A-26D. One egg seen from different points of view. 26A, upper pole ; 26D, lower pole.

Figs. 27A-27D. One egg from different points of view.

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Figs. 29A-29D. 29D, lower pole.

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Upper (31 A) and lower (31 B) pole views of one egg. Upper (32A) and lower (32B) pole views of one egg.

Fig. 33A. Upper pole of living egg, four hours and three-quarters after the appearance of first cleavage plane ; i-i, first plane; 2-2, second.

Fig. 33B. Same egg, ten minutes later than Fig. 33A.

Fig. 33C. Lower pole of same egg, one hour later than Fig. 33A.

Fig. 33D. Upper pole of same egg, two hours later than Fig. 33A.

Fig. 33E. Lower pole of same egg, thirty minutes after Fig. 33D.

Fig. 33F. Upper pole of same egg, fifty minutes after Fig. 33D.

Figs. 26A-32B were drawn with the camera from preserved specimens. All X 20. The heavy lines indicate the position of the first two cleavage planes.

Figs. 33A-33F were drawn freehand from the successive stages of a living egg. The first two cleavage planes are designated by heavy lines, the third set by long dashes, the fourth by short dashes, and the fifth by light full lines.

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Fig. 35. Surface view of preserved egg, showing semi-lune blastopore.

Fig. 36. Surface view of preserved egg, showing unusually large circular blastopore, yp., yolk-plug.

Fig. 37. Surface view of living egg, showing blastopore closing "from behind forwards."

Fig. 38. Surface view of preserved egg, showing blastopore " closing in both


Fig. 39. Surface view of living egg, in somewhat later stage than Fig. 38.

Fig. 40. Surface view of preserved egg. The blastopore [prg.) — or primitive groove — is now a narrow slit opening into the mesenteron.

Fig. 41. Top view of same egg as that shown in Fig. 40.

Fig. 42. Surface view of preserved egg. First appearance of neural folds. Neural groove terminates in front of the neuropore, np. The blastopore has closed in the middle, leaving open, however, an anterior neuropore and a posterior anus, a.

Fig. 43. Surface view of preserved egg. The anus lies at the posterior limit of the neural folds.

Fig. 44. Dorsal view of preserved egg. Neural folds widely separated.

Fig. 45. Dorsal view of preserved egg, in somewhat later stage than that shown in Fig. 44. The neural folds have approximated, and the neural groove has deepened.

Figs. 46-48. Vertical median sections through eggs in different stages of cleavage ; before invagination has begun ( X 48).

Figs. 49-51. Horizontal sections through egg shown in Fig. 37, in planes 49-49, 50-50, 51-51.

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Fig. 52. Sagittal section through egg shown in Fig. 36 (X 48).

Fig. 53. Transverse section through egg shown in Fig, 44. Thirty-seven sections cephalad to Fig. 59 (X 200).

Fig. 54. Transverse section through egg shown in Fig. 44. Thirty sections cephalad to Fig. 53 (X 200).

Fig. 55. Transverse section through an egg with circular blastopore ; blastopore, however, much smaller than that shown in Fig. 36 (X 48).

Fig. 56. Transverse section through egg shown in Fig. 45 ; near posterior end of the embryo ( X 48).

Fig. 57. Transverse section through egg shown in Fig. 45 ; thirty-two sections anterior to Fig. 56 (X 48).

Fig. 58. Horizontal section through stage between egg shown in Fig. 36 and that in Fig. 37. Section is ventral to blastopore (X 48).

Fig. 59. Transverse section through egg shown in Fig. 44. Eighteen sections cephalad to Fig. 65 (X 48).

Fig. 60. Transverse section through a stage between egg in Fig. 44 and egg in Fig. 45. Hind end of embryo.

Fig. 61. Transverse section at about the stage of egg in Fig. 45. Same region as Fig. 60 (X 48).

Fig. 62. Transverse median section through egg shown in Fig. 42 (X 48).

Fig. 63. Horizontal section through egg shown in Fig. 40 (X 48).

Fig. 64. Transverse section through egg of same stage as that depicted in Fig. 44. Extreme anterior end. Position of cells forming "pouches" were located with the camera ( X 48).

Fig. 65. Transverse section through egg shown in Fig. 44. Hind end (X48).

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In studying the mode of formation of the body of Elasmobranch embryos,^ I have noticed some points regarding the formation of the medullary groove, the construction of the cephalic plate, and the early formation of the eyes, that seem to me of sufficient interest to justify a preliminary communication, inasmuch as the publication of my memoir dealing with these and other topics of Elasmobranch development will be considerably delayed.

The early formed groove which appears in very young embryos of Elasmobranchs — in Balfour's Stage B — has long been known, and the method of its formation has been many times correctly described (Balfour, His, and subsequent writers). This groove is conventionally stated to be formed by the " Concrescence of the embryonic rim." It is consistently referred to in Balfour's various publications as the medullary groove, and he has been followed in this respect by other writers, including the Zieglers^ in 1892.

A careful comparison of sections arranged in close sequence of development has led me to the conclusion that the early formed median furrow — or "Concrescence furrow," as it might be called — is not the medullary groove.* It occupies the same

1 Read before the American Morphological Society at Princeton, New Jersey, December 28, 1892.

2 This line of study was taken up at the suggestion of Dr. C. O. Whitman, and was carried on at the Wood's Holl Biological Observatory during the summer of 1892.

8 Archiv flir Mikroscopische Anatomie, Bd. 39, S. 56-98.

Kastschenko expresses substantially the same conclusion when he says : " Die Primitivwiilste sind mit den Medullarwiilsten nicht identisch " etc., (Anat. Anz., Bd. Ill, 188S, s. 455); and Adam Sedgwick in his article of last June refers, in a passing way, to the early fissure as a transitory structure (Q. J. M. S., June, 1893).



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position, in the median line of the embryo, as the latter, but soon after its formation it becomes very much reduced in depth and in longitudinal extent; then it disappears and is replaced at a later stage by the true medullary groove.

Figs. A', B', C, C", and E' represent five successive stages of embryonic growth and show the way in which this median furrow disappears and gives place to the medullary groove in the neck region of the embryo. I designate the point from which these sections come the neck region, although it is back of the front third of the embryo and considerably behind the expanded cephalic plate. The figures are all (except C") taken as nearly as possible from corresponding regions of the body, and they represent the conditions as fairly as they may be represented by such a limited number of sections.

In Fig. A', which is the youngest of the group, the median furrow is well developed ; the ectoblast is moulded over the two lateral thickenings of the axial mesoblast and dips down between them, coming in contact with the endoblast it pushes that layer downwards in the median line. The section B' is taken from a slightly older embryo and shows the median furrow relatively more shallow. In Fig. C, which is older than the one just examined, the median furrow has disappeared and the medullary folds {inf.) have made their appearance as lateral expansions of the dorsal wall (medullary plate). Fig. C" shows a section of the same embryo taken about twenty sections behind C . It is introduced in place of a figure D', naturally to be expected in this position, because I have not at present any available section in the right region of embryo D.

In Fig. E', which is considerably older than any of the foregoing figures, the medullary folds are elevated and in the process of uniting to form the medullary canal. The space enclosed between them is that which corresponds to the medullary groove of other vertebrates, and it is to be carefully noted that this groove is a newly formed one and is not a continiLation of the median fnrrozv which is so ivell marked in Fig. A'. On the contrary, that furrow has disappeared during the intervals of growth, the medullary folds have been produced


as lateral expansions, and the newly formed groove (Fig. E', in.g) is due to the upgrowth and approximation of the medullary folds. The Stage usually characterized as marked by the " first appearance of the medullary groove " should be placed considerably later. As we shall presently see the medullary folds are not yet formed at Ziegler's Stage C.

The surface changes that accompany those shown by the sections are partly represented in Figs, i, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. These figures are to be used later for another purpose. They are not chosen to illustrate especially the different phases of medullary groove formation, and there is, therefore, no precise correspondence between them and the sections. The appearance of the embryo from above during the first stage of the median furrow is well known — it is not shown in my figures. It is, however, that stage designated "B" by Balfour, and is just after the body of the embryo begins to appear by the concrescence of the embryonic rim. Fig. i represents approximately the stage from which the sections B and B' are taken. The median furrow in this period of growth is rather deep near the middle of the embryo, but is shallow in front and behind. Fig. 2 shows a slightly younger stage than the embryo from which the sections C, C and C" were taken. The median furrow in this period of growth becomes obliterated with the exception of a very abreviatcd portion of it located in the middorsal region. My material does not enable me to say at present whether this remnant of the median furrow entirely disappears or not. I have found the surface study of embryos in this stage very deceiving as to the depth, or even the presence of the median furrow. The central part of the embryo is occupied by the gastrular cavity, and its anterior extension, the archenteron, and this extensive cavity beneath the surface lights up in such a way as to create the impression of a well marked median furrow when there is none ; but, of course, the sections are conclusive on this point.

The manner of formation of the medullary folds is very unusual — so far as I know it is unlike that of any other animals whose embryology has been recorded. Glancing again over the figures indicated by the letters B', C, C" and E' we shall


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see how the medullary folds are formed in the cervical region of the embryo. Fig. B' shows that the cells of the medullary plate are much thickened laterally, and, since the base of the body has become more narrow than the top, the thickened edges project beyond it (Fig. B', w/.). This is quite different from the preceding figure (A') in which the base is the broadest part of the embryo. In Fig. C we see that the thickened edges of the medullary plate have been transformed into the medullary folds {inf.) which are expanded laterally beyond the body, and are also ventrally curved. When completely formed the medullary folds constitute wing-like expansions running along each side of the body of the embryo and. gradually fading out behind.

In the anterior head region the lateral expansion of the folds is greatest (Figs. C and D", inf.), and behind the cephalic plate they become narrower as we follow them backwards. This decrease in width of the folds is well shown by comparing Figs. C and C" which are sections of the same embryo drawn to the same scale; but the section C" is considerably behind the section C. Behind the section C" the folds show relatively the same amount of lateral expansion, to a point about seven eighths the length of the whole embryo. Back of that point, the concrescence of the embryonic rim is progressing, and the condition of the medullary folds in that part of the body requires a further account illustrated by sections, which I shall give at a future time.

There is one region, immediately behind the much expanded cephalic plate that is deserving of especial mention. Here, the medullary folds are abruptly folded downwards for a considerable space and come almost into contact with the sides of the body. Fig. G represents a section through this particular region, and the position of the bend in the medullary folds is indicated by the shading in Figs. 2, 3, 4 and 5 {bd.). This abrupt bending of the medullary folds makes its appearance as soon as the cephalic plate is formed and it persists through several stages of growth. Just in front of the bend on each side the cephalic plate becomes raised into eminences (Fig. 3,x; Fig. 4,3).


During the process of upgrowth of the medullary folds, and also, while the medullary groove is being converted into the medullary canal, the folds in this particular region respond slowest to the new direction of growth and the canal remains widely open above this region for a long time after it has closed behind and in front of it.

The question naturally arises whether such unusual ventral folding as that shown in Fig. G is not artificially produced, either by the reagents used or by some process of the technique. I have completely satisfied myself on that point. The abrupt folding appears with constant characteristics in all preparations I have ever seen if they are at the right age. I have used a variety of reagents : Davidoff's fluid, picrosulphuric acid, picro-nitric acid, Fleming's stronger solution, Perenyi fluid, corrosive sublimate and picric acid. All the preparations show this characteristic. In most of my own preparations of these stages the eggs were hardened /// toto before the blastoderm was removed, and as the eggs kept their form, the embryos were not subjected to any considerable artificial tension.

The formation of the medullary folds as described above takes place between Ziegler's ^ Stages C and D, and my studies indicate that it is essential to recognize stages of growth at shorter intervals. If one studies sections of the conventional Stage C, and then follows with sections of the Stage D, as designated by Ziegler, they will completely miss the laterally expanded condition of the medullary folds shown in my figures C and C". My sections of the stage designated D by Ziegler show precisely the same condition of the medullary folds and the medullary groove that he has so well represented in his figures of that stage.

Balfour 2 first pointed out the ventral curvature of the headfolds of the Elasmobranchs, but he was apparently not acquainted with the complete history of the head-folds, and with the method of formation of the medullary folds in the dorsal

1 I.e. Fig. 4, p. 68 ; Fig. 7, p. 77.

2 Monograph on the Development of the Elasmobranch Fishes, Plate IX, Fig. 5

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region. As before indicated, he consistently refers to the median furrow as the medullary groove.

Figs. A, B, C, D, E, F and D" show certain characteristic stages in the formation of the medullary folds in the region of the cephalic plate, and, also, certain steps in their upward growth to form the medullary groove. The first five of these sections are taken from the same embryos that afforded the sections already described. The same letters indicate in every case the same embryos, and the marks (' and ") attached to the letters serve to indicate the different regions of the body from which the sections are taken.

Fig. A shows a section through the head region before any changes have occurred looking towards the formation of the medullary folds. It will be remembered that further back in this same embryo (Fig. A', (/".), the median furrow is well marked.

In Fig. B we have a faint indication of the median furrow ; on the sides are seen lateral thickenings of the medullary plate (;;{/".) which become transformed into the medullary folds.

Fig. C is an interesting one; it shows the position of the future groove occupied by an eminence {e^. The medullary folds are far removed from the median plane ; they are unusually wide and have the characteristic (at this period) ventral curvature. A pencil point in following the outline of this section from the outer margin of the medullary folds, will mount in passing towards the median line, and will reach a position on the summit of the central eminence, that is more than one-half the full vertical axis of the embryo above the medullary folds. Yet in subsequent growth changes of such a nature take place, that the medullary folds become elevated, and, arching above the median part they join some distance above it.

Fig. D affords a contrast with Fig. D", — which is taken from the same embryo near its anterior tip — showing the condition of the medullary folds, at this stage, in the anterior (D") and the posterior (D') parts of the cephalic plate.

Fig. F. shows a stage in which the medullary folds are growing upwards, and have risen a little above the horizontal plane.



In Fig. E, the medullary folds are elevated into nearly a perpendicular position, their upper margins are still slightly rolled ventrally.

The medullary canal is produced from the medullary groove in the usual way, by the coalescence of the folds in the median plane. In the process of closing, the walls of the groove come together first in the extreme anterior tip of the head in front of the eyes and they unite a very little in this region : they are then approximated in the cervical region and the closing of the groove progresses both anteriorly and posteriorly but it does, not close throughout the length of the embryo by a continuous extension of this union. In the posterior dorsal region a new point of contact is made considerably behind the point reached by the backward growth of the first cervical union, and, in this way, an open sinus is formed between the new point of contact and the canal already formed in front of it. This sinus closes gradually but after it is completely closed, the medullary canal is still open behind that region by a continuous posterior slit as. Ziegler has shown in his Fig. 8.^

In the meantime the closing of the groove in front progresses^, even more slowly, and, after the posterior sinus is completely closed, that region of the brain lying above the abrupt bend of the medullary folds, already described, is conspicuously open and the margins of the medullary folds are ventrally rolled. In front of this, between the eyes, there is a distinct neuropore that closes last of all.

The decided tendency, as recorded above, of the rudiments of the dorsal nerve cord to grow ventrally when they are first formed is suggestive, but I shall indulge in no speculations at present as to what may be the theoretical bearing of these facts.

In addition to the unique features of medullary groove formation, there is to be noted in my preparations several interestmg points as to the formation of the cephalic plate and its transformation into the head of the embryo.

In an early stage of growth the anterior tip of the body from which the cephalic plate is to be formed shows na

1 Lc. p. 8i.


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especially noteworthy features. It consists of a semi-circular fold of the embryonic rim, which curves around the end of the median furrow and gradually passes into the sides of the body; these in turn shade off into the rim of the blastoderm.

The first observable change in the form of the head-end arises from its becoming widened laterally, at the sam.e time the anterior median portion of the head grows somewhat forwards, forming a blunt protruding tip. The head region becomes through these changes, divisable into a central portion (Fig. I, T) and two lateral portions (Fig. i, L). The two lateral portions expand rapidly sideways, overhanging the blastoderm, and the form of the cephalic plate changes so that its transverse axis becomes the major axis (Figs. 2 and 3). The rest of the embryo is much narrower, and the whole taken together may be spoken of as club-shaped. I apply the term cephalic plate only to the much expanded anterior part of the embryo, but this does not correspond with the brain region, which extends further back into the narrower part of the embryo. The posterior limit of the cephalic plate is marked by two eminences (Fig. 3, x ; Fig. 4, 3) and behind these is the region, before mentioned, in which the medullary folds are so abruptly bent downwards.

A tongue-like elevation, which is very noticeable in surface views, soon makes its appearance in the median line (Fig. 2, T). When it is first clearly outlined it extends from the anterior tip of the head backwards about one half the length of the cephalic plate ; it is wedge-shaped in outline and its upper surface is convex. This structure tends to mark off more clearly the central portion of the cephalic plate ; it is separated from the lateral portions by two distinct furrows. Although it becomes less prominent in later stages, the tongue-like process is readily distinguishable, until the head-folds finally arch over it and hide it from view.

The anterior part of the cephalic plate becomes the seat of an infolding in which is formed both the infundibulum and the optic vesicles. The first surface indication of this depression is such as might be produced by pressing very lightly with rounded dies on each side of the tongue-like process. Two


faint circular depressions that are concave upwards, show even at as early a stage as is represented in Figure 2. [It should be stated for clearness that Figures 2, 3 and 4 represent stages that occur between those designated C and D by Ziegler.'^ I have met with no figures of corresponding stages in any authorities I^ have been able to consult.] The circular depressions meet in the median line and encroach upon the tongue-like process and it becomes separated from the extreme anterior tip of the head. The infolding started in this form continues, but it does not take place so rapidly in the median line as on each side of it, and it thus happens that the anterior tip of the head and the front end of the tongue-like process are connected by a narrow isthmus, which becomes gradually reduced, and just before its disappearance it forms a very thin connecting plate between these two points (Fig. 3).

Fig. 2 shows the central tongue-like process continuous with the anterior tip of the head and Figs. 3 and 4 show it (T') after its separation from the latter.

The optic vesicles are formed in the lateral parts of the depressed region; they are circular in outline and concave from within while externally they form corresponding elevations. In Fig. 3 the head-folds are so much expanded laterally beyond the optic vesicles that these structures seem, at first sight, very much out of place ; but the broad folds, which in the figure are at the side of the vesicles, grow upwards and unite in the median plane, and by this process the head becomes narrow so that the eye vesicles are then laterally situated with reference to the rest of the head. It thus appears that the optic vesicles are formed very early and almost at the extreme anterior tip of the head. They do not begin to move backwards until the anlage of the nose is formed. In Figs. 3 and 4 that part of the cephalic plate which is behind the optic vesicle is all on a higher plane than the anterior part. In Fig. 4 this elevated part of the cephalic plate is divided into concentric ridges (i, 2, 3) and furrows. I shall reserve a more detailed description of the morphology of these structures for my forthcoming pubb'cation.

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The growth of the cephalic plate becomes more complicated, for a frontal flexure progresses simultaneously with the other changes, and while the head folds are undergoing various transformations they are at the same time being drawn downwards in a new plane by the progress of this frontal flexure. The "frontal flexure" has already begun in Fig. 2, and can be seen in all the succeeding figures. It occurs so much earlier than the flexure which has heretofore been designated the cranial flexure that I use a definitive term for it. The central tongue-like process, having become entirely separated from the anterior tip of the body, is carried downwards by the infolding to form the infundibulum and it becomes sickle-shaped in side view. The head-folds begin to rise around the depressed region in the forward part of the plate, while still retaining their ventral flexure in the middle and hinder parts, and this serves to further complicate matters.

After the medullary folds become elevated in the head region there is formed upon their margins a number of epiblastic thickenings. I have not as yet traced their relation to the central nervous system.

The observations recorded above were made mainly upon embryos of Sqiialus (Acajithias) vulgaris.

There is one other point to which I wish to direct attention. I have noted an invagination in the eggs of Galeus which appears at a much earlier stage than any invagination that has been recorded for other elasmobranchs. The involution occurs at a stage that might be designated mid-segmentation period (following the boundaries assigned by Balfour). It appears at the posterior edge of the blastodisc, where the embryo finally makes its appearance.

Seen from above this invagination is crescentic in form and covers rather less than 90° of the edge of the blastodisc.

It resembles very strikingly the early invagination in the bird's egg as figured by Kollar and also by Duval, and the invagination in the reptiles as figured by Kupffer and Benecke.

I have seen this invagination many times on living eggs of Galeus, and my sections show that it is a true infolding.


KastschenkOji in a iDreliminary paper mentions a " cleavage cavity" in Torpedo eggs which at an early stage is imperfectly covered and shows the food yolk through the very thin covering. He could not find an external opening in his sections, but inclines to the belief that such an opening exists. It is barely possible that this cleavage cavity " of Kastschenko is the same structure as the crescentic involution which I have noted above.

Lake Forest University, January, 1893.

1 Aiiat. Anz., 1888, Bd. iii, S. 445.




Figs. A, B, C, D, and E represent sections through the head region of five Acanthias embryos of different ages ; A being the youngest stage, B the next older, and so on.

Figs. A', B', C, and E' represent sections through the cervical region of the same embryos. D' is not represented m this series, but in place of it the section C" is inserted. C" is a section of embryo C made much further back in the body

than C.

7nf., medullary fold; cf., "concrescence" or median furrow; mg., space enclosed by the medullary folds, corresponds to the medullary groove of other vertebrates. It should be carefully noted that the space indicated by nig. is an entirely different formation from the median furrow {cf. in Fig. A).

Fig. D" represents a section of embryo D, in the depressed anterior region just after the head-folds have begun to grow upwards.

Fig. F represents a section through the middle of the cephalic plate after the head-folds hav begun to grow upwards, and have reached a position a little above the horizontal plane.

Fig. G shows a section through the region just back of the cephalic plate, where the medullary folds are abruptly bent downwards.

All drawings of the sections were outlined with the aid of the camera, and all are magnified about 75 diameters — Zeiss A A, 2 oc.

Figs, i, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 are to show especially the transformation of the frontal region into the cephalic plate and certain stages in the growth of the latter. The figures are taken from photographs, and all are magnified about 20 diameters.

Fig. I. An embryo showing the head region divided into'a central and two lateral parts.

Fig. 2. Older embryo showing considerable e.xpansion of the lateral parts (L) of the head region — these are expanded folds ventrally curved. In the central part the tongue-like process T is conspicuous, and is in connection with the anterior tip of the head. At the point b is shown the place where the medullary folds are so abruptly bent downwards.

Fig. 3. Older stage showing the beginning of the infolding to form the infundibulum and the optic vesicles. The tongue-like process (T) is separated by this infolding from the anterior tip of the head (T). At op., the beginning of the optic vesicles is indicated ; x, one of the two posterior eminences marking the posterior limit of the cephalic plate.

Fig. 4. A still older stage showing the point mentioned for the previous figure. It also shows the concentric elevations (i, 2, 3) mentioned in the text.

Fig. 5. Stage in which the medullary folds have begun to rise. The frontal flexure is considerably advanced. At op' are shown the external elevations of the optic vesicles.

Fig. 6. Embryo viewed from such a position as to show the optic vesicles externally {op') and internally {op). The tongue-like process is bent downwards and backwards in the median plane, and is hidden from view by an edge of the head-folds.

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The experiments herein recorded have to do with the influence of the rate of stimulation upon the propagation of the results of electrical stimuli in peripheral nerves. This topic has been the subject of recent investigations by several physiologists, among whom are Dr. F. H. Hooper ^ and N. Wedensky,^ who, as a result of their researches, consider the rate of stiniidation to be as important a factor affecting the propagation of nerve force as the intensity of the stimulus is conceded to be, I shall first describe the experiment on the frog's larynx, then those on the antagonistic muscles of the leg of the animal.

For an account of the physiology of the mammalian larynx the reader is referred to Dr. Hooper's excellent resume in the above mentioned paper (i) where the experimental results of all the studies of this structure — reaching back some centuries — are recorded. From Dr. Hooper's papers it is clear that even closely related tracheate vertebrates, e.g. the dog and the cat, do not agree in the responses made by the laryngeal muscles to similar electrical stimuli, all other conditions of the experiments being so far as known (and they were intended to be) the same.

Owing to this condition of the subject, these experiments, which were begun at the suggestion of Prof. Bowditch, are

1 Performed in the Physiological Laboratory of the Harvard Medical School, 1888-89.

2 F. H. Hooper, M.D. The Anatomy and Physiology of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve. The N. Y. Med. Journ., 1887.

The same. Effects of Varying Rates of Stimulation on the Action of the Recurrent Laryngeal Nerves, ib., 1887.

3 N. Wedensky. Ueber die Ursachen des Ritter-Rolletschen Phanomens am Fusse des Froches. Centrlblt. fiir Physiologie, I, 1887.



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important in that they make it possible to institute some comparisons between the highly differentiated mammalian larynx and the much simpler amphibian organ which we have every right to expect will show us the primitive mode of action of this specialized set of muscles, and in this way throw some light on the points still to be elucidated.

The question of the influence of the rate of stimulation on the action of nerves is the outgrowth of attempts to explain a much older question — the so-called Ritter-Rollet phenomenon. Ritter discovered, and later on Rollet^ established more firmly, that (i) when the sciatic nerve of a frog is acted on by a zveak tetanic electrical stimulation the flexor group of muscles contract, producing flexion of the leg and adduction of the toes, and that (2) when such a stimulus of greater strength is applied to the nerve the extensor group of muscles contracted producing extension of the leg and abduction of the toes. Since then it has been shown that the same is true of other vertebrates, including mammals. Experiments on invertebrates show that this peculiar difference between the antagonistic muscles of the appendages must lie in a fundamental quality of nerve-muscle mechanisms, for the Lobster's claw has been found to open in response to the stimulation of weak electrical currents, while closing upon increasing the strength of the stimulus. It has been usual to account for these phenomena by the hypothesis of ^^ differing irritabilities.^^ Fick and Bour, however, explained the phenomena on the basis of the differences in the length, thickness and position of the antagonistic groups of muscles. Wedensky, on the other hand, thought it could be accounted for on the basis of the rate or frequency of stimulation. His experiments with the aid of the telephone show, ist, that with indirect tetanus of the muscles, it often happens that the muscle does not contract upon the application of the proper stimulus, but only in response to low rates, and 2d, that any variation of the intensity of the stimulus is, in a certain sense, equivalent to a similar variation of the rate, for indirectly tetanized muscles, so that the same result

1 4. Sitzber. d. Wiener Akad. Bd. LXX bis LXXII. jte Abth. Richet and Luchsingers.


is obtained whether one varies the intensity of stimulation while using a given maximum rate, or varies the rate while using a given maximum intensity. It is obvious that Fick and Bour's explanation is inadequate, for if no other elements than the length and size of nerves and muscles, or differences in their position, entered into the problem, the stronger group of muscles would ultimately overpower the weaker with any strength of the stimulus. Differing irritabilities is a "blanket" explanation, and may be said to include the third explanation which attributes these results to differences in the rates of stimulation required by the two sets of muscles. The latter explanation presents the matter in a specific manner, so that we should be able to determine by experiment whether it is a causa vera or not.

The apparatus used consisted of a Du Bois Reymond induction apparatus for controlling the intensity of the Faradic current, a Bowditch interruptor for controlling the rate of stimulation.

The Frogs were prepared by destroying both the brain and spinal cord and dissecting out the laryngeal nerve, or the sciatic nerve, as the experiment required. In a part of the experiments shielded electrodes were placed on the nerve, from one to one and a half centimeters from the larynx, and in another set simple hook electrodes were used to hook up the nerve at any point of its course.

To determine whether or not a closure of the glottis was called forth by stimulating the laryngeal nerve, a delicate celluloid paper spring was placed in the ritna glottidis so as to slightly open the laryngeal passage.

The larynx of Rana is composed of three 1 cartilaginous plates formed into a complicated mechanism, the parts of which I will not here describe. The ground plan is simple enough and consists of a basal ring formed by the cricoid cartilage which has an equatorial loop projecting ventrad. This loop is so placed relative to certain processes of the ring that the roots of the lungs, which are attatched to it (a trachea

1 The thyroid cartilage is absent, but the posterior comua of the hyoid assumes its functions.



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being absent), are kept constantly open. The two remaining cartilages form the pair of relatively large arytenoids. They fill in the opening of the cricoid ring and project dorsad in the form of an elliptical cupola, whose upper surface may be seen forming the glottidian eminence in the floor of the Frog's mouth. Within this dome the vocal cords are stretched in such fashion that the slit between them lies directly over and parallel with the median plate formed by the coalesced walls of

Cut I. — A dorsal view of the Frog's larynx dissected to show the cartilages and muscles. By., Hyoid Cartilage; C.I., CaL, Cp.l., Constrictors; Z>./., Dilator.

the adjacent lung roots (the equivalent of the carina of humananatomy.)

To this cartilaginous skeleton are attatched three pairs of muscles. A dilator laryngis and two pairs of constrictors. These muscles are all very nearly the same in mass and, since it contains two sets of muscles, the constrictor group is twice as strong as the dilator group, and serves to keep the glottis closed most of the time. Under certain conditions the dilators contract and produce an opening of the glottis. It follows from what is given in the table below that there is very probably an elastic action of the cartilages of the rivta glottidis which aid the muscles in maintaining the normal closure of the glottis against the pressure of the air swallowed into the lungs

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and there held during the prolonged submersions to which Frogs frequently subject their bodies. In the dead Frog the amount of the resistence due to the elasticity of the laryngeal cartilages was found to equal from 0.5 to i. centimeter of water in the manometer used. There is no possibility of muscular action here for the animals were dead in all their parts. A very slight per cent of this amount may be due to the pressure of the mass of the small muscles of the larnyx but this quantity is probably inappreciable.


No. Of Obs.




Cord Destroyed






'mouth open 40

-6-8 1



" closed 30 H20

—9-12 Hg..





2. 5 Hg.


0.5-1 H2O







2. 5, Hg.



2. 5 Hg.



The resistence in the live frog represents the sum total of involuntary and voluntary efforts of the laryngeal apparatus.

From what was said concerning the laryngeal muscles it is evident that the dilators are capable of overcoming twice their mass of muscle when they contract, since the two pairs of constrictors are at all times stimulated to the same extent with the dilators. It is also true that the latter are so inserted as to have a decided mechanical advantage over the former and further, that under very strong stimulation they are only capable of producing a slight opening of the glottis at the summit of the glottidean eminence, i.e. at their point of insertion, where the action of the constrictors is exerted the least. We meet here the same conditions found in the leg of the

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Frog where the weak flexor group is able under influence of weak stimuli to overcome the stronger extensor muscles : but with the increase in strength of the stimulation the extensors gain the advantage and flexion gradually passes into extension. Whether in either case the flexor muscles suffer any loss in the intensity of their stimulation during extreme stimulation of the antagonistic groups has not been determined, but it is probable that they are the more stimulated the greater the excitation of the flexors in order that the proper muscular control may be maintained at all times.

The following tables will serve to illustrate the important variations in the response made by the laryngeal muscles to electrical stimuli in all the Frogs experimented upon. The opening following the increase in rate in Exp. XIX is unusual but occurred several times in the course of the work. As to its cause no clue was obtained. A tetanizing current applied to the laryngeal nerve, when it produces opening of the glottis does not suffice to produce a continued opening, for the glottis soon returns to closure with all the muscles strongly contracted.

After describing the experiments on the leg muscles, the results of the two sets of observations will be compared and their relation to Hooper's and Wedensky's results pointed out.

In the experiments on the antagonistic muscles of the Frog's leg constant care was taken to have the nerves as nearly normal as possible. Through a cut in the skin of the leg, the peroneal and tibial nerves were severed or else the sciatic trunk was taken higher up and either separated into its component peroneal and tibial branches or stimulated as a whole. As a rule however the former method was employed for it served to modify the conditions in an important way from those adopted by Ellis in his experiments with the " ether effect," for it allowed of absolute separation of the stimuli sent into the two sets of muscles whether sent in simultaneously or consecutively and permitted the experimenter to change at will the rate or intensity, or both, of the stimulus to either set of muscles. In part of the observations the leg was suspended in a cuvette in water or salt solution, in others it was fastened by means of the femur to a "frog board" and allowed to hang



(Intensities from 0.5-5 always caused a closhtg.) Rate-— >
















3. X^


Closing only from 0.5-10

















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xp. 5


Glosing only from ft.5-7



























Closi'ng only feom o..)5-^io


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free in air. Of course care was used to keep the exposed nerves and muscles from drying, by moistening with normal salt solution or covering with thin strips of filter paper moistened in this fluid.















Intensity o.s_3






































































This table is selected from a series, as representative of the usual response of the leg musculature to changing rates and intensities.

The following is a table of the results of some of the experiments. It shows the intensity required with a given rate to convert a flexion into an extension. Each experiment here given is taken from a fresh Frog and represents the series made on that individual.

No. 2.]




No. OF Exp.


Intensity Flexion.




19. X. 88.





['50 mixed movements,

20. X. 88.





<^ 60 extensors gradually overcome flexors, I 70 complete extension. The nerves here were extremely sensi

20. X. 88.



0.5 + 6 cm.

0.5+5 mm.

tive and a slight difference in intensity served to throw flexion into extension ^ with tliis rate.

26. X. 88.





26. X. 88.



0.5 + 2.5

0.5+10 mm.

Limit 0.5 flexion of foot and knee.


0-5 + 3-5


>The flexion of toes, ankle and knee was


0.5+10 mm.




'A true case of the Ritter-Rollet and only

26. X. 88.



0.5 + 7 mm.

apparently a case of Wedensky since

0.5 + 7 mm.

the rate difference was due to instru


ments alone in that it changed the I. of

currents differently.

26. X. 88.








31. X. 88.


4 16

0.4 0-3



1.2 rp

( Strong flexion passing into extension. ) ( Strong extension. j


1.2 ±




1 No flexion obtained with the less I.

2. XII. 88.





When intensity was so low as to give no reaction quickly raising R. from 12-60?

'In these experiments on the fowl it was

found that the flexors of the toes are


quickly fatigued even with low inten


22 cm.

sity, and afterwards give nothing but



-^ extension even with flexion of tarso



metutarsus. The nerve reacted to the

elect, stimuli 17 mi. after cessation of

respiration. No continuous flexion

^ was obtained with rates below 25.

In concluding his able discussion of the ether effect (Amer. Jour. Med. Sciences, 1888, Bowditch says on p. 8: "These experiments by Ellis prove beyond a doubt that the effects observed by Perkins on stimulating a nerve immersed in a solution of ether, can be obtained with other drugs, and often with very weak currents without any drug. Without ether, flexion and adduction are to be obtained only with very feeble currents, but with ether much stronger stimulation produces the same effect. In both cases, however, an increase in the intensity of the stimulus causes these movements to give place to extension and abduction ; tJie effect of tJie etJicr may, therefore, be said to consist in transferring tJie point, on the scale of intensity, at which the effect of nerve irritation changes from flexion and adduction to extension and abdjictio7t, from the

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region of iveak to that of relatively strong stimnlation.'" (Italics mine.) "The ' ether effect,' as observed in the sciatic nerve of the Frog, may be best explained by supposing that a partial paralysis of the nerve by the drug converts what would naturally be a strong into a weak irritation, and that this weak irritation affects only the flexor group of muscles, because these are, for some reason or other, more irritable than their antagonists." The author, after citing the investigations of Ritter, Rollett, Bour, and Lombard on this subject, concludes with the following paragraph : "There seems, therefore, to be no doubt that the flexor apparatus of the Frog's leg responds to a feebler stimulation than the extensor, but whether the cause of this difference lies in the nerve fibres, the muscle fibres or in the mode of connection between the two, must be left for future investigators to determine," and he adds the suggestion that histological differences such as exist between the red and white muscle of Rabbits may be found to obtain in the Frog's antagonistic groups. I have quoted thus at length because this important topic as clearly and concisely stated above, is still further elucidated by an experiment which is performed in the following manner. In a pithed Frog the sciatic was exposed near the head of the femur, the nerve cut and separated into its two branches, peroneal and tibial from the point of natural bifurcation to the cut end. The nerves were then placed on separate electrodes and stimulated with equal currents, graduated by means of a telephone, and results noted through a series of variations of the intensity and rate. The main results are as follows : —

1. Stimulation of Peroneal nerve alojte with all R and I. produced complete flexion of leg and foot and abduction of the


2. Stimulation of the Tibial nerve alone with all R and I produced complete extension of the leg and foot with adduction of the toes.

3. Stimulation of the Peroneal and Tibial together with low I and R — produced flexion of leg and foot and adduction of toes but with high I and R always extension of leg and foot and abduction of the toes.


We thus find that the results of the separate stimulation of the nerves do not harmonize completely with those obtained from stimulation of the entire sciatic, or what is the same thing its two branches simultaneously. The difference is an important one. From simultaneous stimulation of both nerves with low I and R adduction of the toes always results but when high I and R are used abduction always takes its place. Now on the theory proposed by Wedensky the adductor nerve fibers should show themselves more irritable to weak stimuli than to strong and vice versa for the abductor. The same holds true of Bowditch's explanation in which however the seat of the irritibility is not located. But the reverse is the case.

Any explanation of this phenomenon will have to account for the fact that nerve fibres contained in one trunk, e.g. the peroneal which is supposed to be a pure flexor nerve, can cause flexion of some parts of the limb and extension of other parts.

Primarily, of course, the vertebrate limb contains two sets of muscles antagonistic to each other, directly and wholly, as in the case of the fish fin, with movement in one plane backwards and forwards. Secondarily, however, some of these muscles, especially near the end of the limb, become differentiated into sets with new functions, e.g. that of controlling the digits. Their nerve supply is derived from the trunk which supplied the primitive arrangement of the parts. In the complicated limbs of all vertebrates above the fishes some muscles, split off from the extensor set, acquire flexor connections, or are only used in the flexion of the limb, and vice versa.

The theory of nerve control proposed by Wedensky calls for a greater sensitiveness to stimuli on the part of the flexor nerves. But from what has been said above it is evident that some nerve fibres of the flexor groups may be so changed that they are sensitive to the stronger stimuli only, and they are called into action only with the extensor group, and vice versa, for the flexor nerves. This change is doubtless more in the nature of a modification of the central cells of origin of the motor fibres than of the fibres themselves. Whatever its nature may be it indicates that Wedensky' s results do not



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represent the whole truth, otherwise, upon the stimulation of the separated nerves simultaneously, the muscles would give the same reaction as when the trunk of the sciatic is stimulated.

To return to the explanation Bowditch suggests for the ^^ ether effect^' which may be said to transfer the extensor point of response further up the scale of intensities, and, of course, the flexor point of response follows it. The cause of the transfer is the partial ether paralysis of the nerve substance. An examination of the tables given for the larynx and leg shows that if I substitute the word rate for etJier and partial rate polai'ization for the etJier paralysis of Prof. Bowditch's explanation of the ether effect, these two series of experiments are brought into one catagory. The rate of stimulation, like sulphuric ether, exerts a special influence on nerve substance — in both cases probably of a molecular nature — which reduces the irritability or the capability of the nerve to transfer electrical stimuli. It renders the nerve axis cylinder more resistent to molecular change. Further than this my experiments do not give any insight into the causes of these phenomena.

The results of all observers on the larynx up to the present time may be tabulated as follows :

A stimulation of the laryngeal nerve with the Faradic current causes with

(a) Low Rates and Intensities.

(fi) High Intensities and Rate.+

(c) High Rate and Intensities. ±


Dog Cat




C only; with reflex stimula- "

closin"" ^ *^°" °^ ^^ pneumo-gas^ \ trie nerve with high R I and I.


opening, and sometimes closing


opening with closure






It will be observed that man and the dog agree, and that the cat and the Frog, while differing from them, are in harmony with


each other. A satisfactory explanation of these facts has not yet appeared, for the action of the Frog's larynx, even if it be primitive in nature, does not appear to clear up the difficulties. It is none the less interesting to note that a mammal whose normal condition is with an open glottis, agrees in its responses to stimulation of this organ with an amphibian whose normal condition is with a closed glottis and who requires a voluntary effort to get it open.

The results of my study of the larynx and leg of the Frog (and the few observations made on the leg of the Fowl and Dog were entirely harmonious with them) clearly show that {a) in this animal with every increase in the rate of stimulation there must be a corresponding increase in the intensity of the stimulus in order to get the same response, given by these mechanisms to the initial low rate ; (p) that the influence of an increase in the rate of stimulation is very like that of sulphuric ether and some other drugs, and (r) that Wedensky's conclusions are only partly sustained, for there does not appear to be a rate of stimulation, of influence so powerful that it can,, like ether, entirely overcome the influence of increase of the intensity of stimulation.

The nature of the action of the rate of all kinds of stimuli upon nervous tissue is as unknown as is the nature of the influence which the rate of stimulation of the auditory nerve has upon some of the muscular structures of the body.

Of course the influence of the rate of stimulation is mademanifest only when it progressively increases or decreases but any rate whatsoever, has its own specific influence on the propagation of nerve force while it lasts, so that changing the rate merely makes apparent what already exists.

That these two phenomena are intimately related, and that they are grounded in some fundamental principle governingthe existence of protoplasm, cannot be reasonably doubted. I deeply regret that I have not been able to continue this study to a more profitable termination, and the only reason for publishing this fragment is the hope that it may prove suggestive to some student and lead to a renewed search after the effects of the rate of stimulation upon the nervous organization.



of higher animals as well as upon the simpler forms, in the endeavor to discover the causes which lie back of them.

Note i. — On p. 383, 8th line from the bottom of the page, it is stated that the two pairs of constrictors are at all times equally stimulated. In this I only mean to say that an equal stimulus is simultaneously applied to the nerves of both muscles. To show why the muscular responses vary by changing the rate is probably to solve our problem.

Note 2. — The statement in the first paragraph on p. 389 is for me one of fact merely, but I may say that Professor Bowditch is of the opinion that there is no physiological reason apparent to prevent us from assuming that the results of all these experiments are harmonious.

The Lake Laboratory,

Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 10, 1893.





Whoever has had occasion to experiment with frogs to any extent has doubtless been often interrupted in the progress of his investigations by the different behavior of the organs and tissues at various seasons of the year. A number of Gaule's pupils in the Physiological Laboratory at Zurich have made these changes, directly or indirectly, the subject of investigation. Some of the results have already been published by Ploetzi and by Leonard,^ others have merely been referred to in the publications of Gaule,^ of Gurber,* and of Johannsen " and others still await completion. The present investigation has to do with the effect of the different seasons, or of the natural external conditions on the spleen of the frog.

Habits of the Frog.

The two common Swiss species are the green frog, Rana escidenta and the brown or grass frog, Rana temporaria. The life-habits of the two species fall into two annual periods, (i) the period of hunger and (2) the period of nutrition. The former extends over the winter and spring months, that is, from November until the late spring when the nutritive period begins. In November when the days become dark and cold

1 Ploetz, Die Vorgange in den Froschhoden unter dem Einfluss der Jahreszeit. Archiv £. Anat. u. Phys. Supplement Band, 1890.

2 Leonard, Der Einfluss der Jahreszeit auf die Leberzellen von Ratta temporaria. Archiv f. Anat. u. Phys. 1887, Supplement Band.

3 Gaule, Zahl und Vertheilung der markhaftigen Fasern im Froschruckenmark. Konigl. sachs. Gesell. der. Wissenschaften, Band XV, 1889.

Giirber, Die Gesammtzahl der Beutkorperchen und ihre Variation. Archiv fur Anat. u. Phys., 1889.

5 Johannsen, Ringbander der Nervenfaser. Archiv fur Anat. u. Phys., 1892.


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and the food is scarce, the frogs bury themselves in holes in the muddy banks of shallow ponds or sluggish streams and remain thus excluded from light, air and food, and are but slightly protected from the cold, for from four to five months of the year. On warm, sunny days in March or April they creep out of their holes into the water. Cleansed of the winter's mud, they are seen to be arrayed in holiday attire. The color of teinporaria is greenish to reddish brown with sharply defined black spots; the throat, breast and under surface of the legs are of many hues of red, green and white. The male teinporaria starts out on his courting tour immediately. He wanders away from his winter quarters, and springs and croaks with great persistency until he meets his mate. The act of copulation and the spawning having been completed, they forsake ponds and swamps for dry meadows in search of food. This fact makes it difficult to capture them during the summer months. After spending about two months on dry ground they gradually return to their winter haunts, that is, to moist land, the males earlier than the females. It is difficult to obtain males for investigation in June and July; in August it is less difficult to get males, but the females are rarer than in the preceding months. In September specimens of both sexes are numerous.

R. esculenta does not copulate until May. They, too, don a holiday attire for the occasion; their coats are bright green with clearly defined black spots, and the breast and lower surface of the legs are speckled with a black and creamy white. They remain on the banks of the swamps and ponds during the summer. In the late fall they assume their bright colors for the second time, an indication of the fact mentioned by Ploetz that this species is also found in North Africa where copulation occurs at the beginning of the rainy winter period, the dry summers of the south taking the place of our winter sleep and hunger period.

There are thus two chief points of difference in the external life of the two species, (i) the time of copulation, (2) the habitation of moist places by esculenta during the entire year.


These facts would lead us to expect better defined periodical changes in the organs and tissues of temporaria than in those of esciilenta.

Cyclical Changes in the Organs and Tissues.

Observations as to the cyclical changes in other organs than the spleen will be mentioned here only in so far as they throw some light on the changes in this organ. Ploetz in "Die Vorgange in den Froschhoden unter dem Einfluss der Jahreszeit" states that the spermatozoa of R. temporaria are developed in the testes between the months of June and September. The appearance of the spermatozoa in the testes remains the same from September until the middle of March. From the middle of March to the middle of April the spermatozoa pass from the testes into the vesa afferentia. From the copulative act until the end of May, such products as are not excreted are reabsorbed. The testes of R. esadenta on the other hand remain in nearly the same condition during the entire year, always containing more or less developed spermatozoa.

It is probable from material collected, though not as yet investigated, that there is an analogous difference in the development of the sexual products of the female temporaria and


In " Der Einfluss der Jahreszeiten auf die Leberzellen von Rana temporaria;' I described the changed appearance in the liver of male temporaria at different seasons. The varying character of the blood vessels, the vacillating color and size of the red blood corpuscles, the greater or less quantity of pigment and the size and coloring of the liver cells and their nuclei were the main points.

Johannsen, in Ringbander der Nervenfaser," describes some remarkable histological changes which take place in the finest structure of the nerve fibers of R. eseidenta during -the months of May and June.

Gaule, in " Zahl und Vertheilung der markhaftigen Fasern des Froschriickenmarks " says that the spinal cords of temporaria are in their best condition in May, those of eseidenta

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in June, because the fibers are most clearly and sharply defined at this period.

Physiologists often find it impossible to demonstrate the laws of nerve and muscle reactions with the usual degree of accuracy in the late spring and summer, whereas the demonstrations of the same laws are comparatively sure in the fall and winter.

Effect of Artificial Surroundings.

It is often painfully evident to those experimenting with frogs that the reaction following certain operations, or the absorption of poisons, varies perceptibly from day to day in captivity. The cause of this inconstancy may be referred to the difference in temperature and in the character of moisture in captivity and possibly to the lack or different character of the food, though it is not sure that these influences alone suffice to explain the mystery.

Giirber in "Die Gesammtzahl der Blutkorperchen und ihre Variation" proves that complete dryness produces remarkable changes in the character of the blood. He found that frogs which had been kept perfectly dry for eight days lost more than one-half of their red-blood corpuscles in that time and that the spleens of such frogs became extremely large. He says, "I believe that the effect of dryness and moisture as here demonstrated by the varying number of the blood corpuscles must play an important role in the household of the frog."

The question arises whether the natural dryness which temporaria seeks in the summer months is not perhaps essential to the life-cycle of this species. If so, we may expect to find traces of the influence of dryness in the histological structure of the spleens during the summer months.

Methods of Investigation.

As I mentioned above, both Rana esadenta and temporaria, were made the subject of study. In the earlier part of


every month, usually between the 7th and 15th, 12 frogs (3 escidenta $, 3 csailcnta 9, 3 tanporaria $, 3 temporaria 9) were selected for our purpose from the large number delivered at the laboratory. Those of as nearly the same weight as possible were selected. In order to avoid the effects of captivity the frogs were collected the day before delivery and killed on one of the two following days. The material for all twelve months was not completed in the first year. Advantage was taken of this fact in the succeeding two years not only to supply deficiencies but also to increase the material generally.

The frogs were killed by cutting through the spinal cord and then disturbing this and the brain with a needle. The abdominal cavity was then cut open, the spleen laid bare and so severed from the mesentery that it might fall directly into a bottle of blood warm corrosive sublimate (concentrated solution). The labeled bottles were placed in the warm oven (39° C.) for 2 hours, after which the preparations were rinsed in distilled water and left to stand covered with distilled water in the oven for a half hour. They were then rinsed again in distilled water and put into 70 per cent alcohol. The remainder of the method for imbedding in paraffine is described in Gaule's " Zahl und Vertheilung etc.," cited above. The imbedded spleens were cut into sections about 2.5 to 5/ia1 thick with the microtome and fastened upon the slide in the manner described in the same article. The paraffine was dissolved with xylol, the preparation cleared with oil of cloves and then brought into 100 per cent alcohol. The sections were stained with the four coloring fluids, haematoxylin. nierosin, eosin and safranin, in the same manner and order described in " Methods of Staining and Fixing the Elements of the Blood," 2 except that sections require a different

1 When the spleens contained large quantities of blood it was often impossible to cut whole sections of ■^\^ mill, thickness. For the size measurements whole sections were necessary, for the study of histological details the thin sections, consequently I made one or two thicker sections of every spleen and many thin ones. Care was taken to make sections through the largest diameters of the spleens.

2 Vide: American Naturalist, July, 1887, p. 677.

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length of time to absorb the staining fluid. Haematoxylin, according to its freshness, demands from 5 to 10 min., nigrosin 2-5 sec, eosin 2-5 sec, safranin 5-10 min. Care must be taken not to leave the preparations in absolute alcohol too long after treatment with safranin as this color and eosin are very soluble in alcohol. The further treatment is also described in the same article. The material was then ready. A general inspection of the spleen showed that not only the size of the spleen, but also its general and detailed histological character, varied from month to month. Individual frogs, in turn, varied frequently in the same month, still the impression was that the variations were subject to certain laws, and so, owing to the vast material, — the spleens of over 150 frogs — I decided to arrange notes and measurements in the form of curves. The months of the year formed the abscissa in every case, the measurement, number, or proportion respectively the ordinates. The curves were made at first for every separate spleen being grouped under four heads esculeiita Z and 9 and tcmporaria t and 9. Later the average curve under each head was computed for every month. They were computed by adding the individual curve for every spleen for the month and dividing this result by the number of spleens investigated for that month.

General Structure of the Spleen.

The spleen of the frog has an outer fibrous covering which varies in thickness in different frogs. The large splenic artery enters the spleen at the same point that the splenic vein leaves it. The arterial blood is carried nearly to the centre of the spleen by the artery which then divides into endless capillaries and meshes extending nearly or quite to the fibrous capsule. Here the meshes often become wider and are sometimes seen to form a vein which can occasionally be followed along the inner surface of the capsule and probably enters the splenic vein. A large vein is also frequently seen returning along the splenic artery. The spleen of the frog has no distinct trabeculse like those of mammals. This is about all that can be said to be quite constant in the spleen of every


frog, for the cell-elements which form the bulk of the splenic tissue are exceedingly varied in kind and quantity.

Cells and Cell-Elements of the Spleen.

These are : I. The cells of the blood, stained with the four coloring fluids mentioned above, were described in " Methods of Fixing and Staining the Elements of the Blood " already cited. The fourth staining fluid, safranin, changes the picture in but few points. The nuclei of the red blood corpuscles often show a great affinity for it and certain nucleoli, called by Gaule plasmosomes, hold the color fast. The blood corpuscles comprise, a, the red blood corpuscles, b, the white blood corpuscles or leucocytes, including the " Halena toflacts " the eosinophilous cells, the amoebocytes, the "nurse" cells or the endotheloid cells.

II. The endothelial cells and the cells of the adventitia play a comparatively insignificant part in the spleen of the frog.

III. Cells resembling those of the Malpighian corpuscles of the mammal spleen, which I shall designate follicle cells. Groups of these cells are so densely crowded with nuclei, that one can scarcely distinguish the protoplasm as such. They do not always occur in the forms by which the Malpighian corpuscles are usually illustrated but in very irregular forms, occasionally making a large proportion of the splenic tissue. At times the neuclei are larger and have distinct nucleoli, at others they are firmly granulated or almost homogenious in appearance. In certain spleens the cells are interspersed with eosinophilous cells or the eosinophilous cells circumscribe the group of follicle cells, in other spleens one sees cells in the process of division, in others a part of the cells are displaced by pigment. Occasionlly one finds a partially developed or imperfect red blood corpuscle imbeded between the nuclei.

IV. The pigment of the spleen is black, brown, yellow or yellowish grey varying as well in color as in quantity at different seasons and in the different species.

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V. The cytozoa described by Gaiilc in " Uebcr die Beziehiing der Cytozoen zu den Zcllkerncn " ^ and in his Strassburg lecture,^ also play an important part in the life-cycle of the spleen.

VL Cell division was observed in the endothetial cells, in the follicle cells and rarely in amoebocytes. There is a great difference in the character of the caryokinetic threads in the various spleens. I gained the impression that the threads were finer and more homogeneous in the spleens of the tcmporaria than in those of esadenta. The threads of csciileiita figures of cell-division were often composed of tiny granules. The color of the tcmporaria figures varied from red to violet.

VII. The proportion of the protoplasm to the nuclear substance is a further element of variation and is characteristic of the two species. The protoplasm of the tcmporaria spleen stains more intensely with nigrosin than the protoplasm of the esctdenta spleen.

VIII. Even the nuclei present an entirely different appearance at different seasons. The size of the nucleoli, their affinity for color, their tendency to wander out of the nucleus and even out of the cell, changes the whole aspect of the microscopic picture. Curves were made of the nucleoli called plasmosoma as to a certain extent typical of these changes. The nuclei as a whole vary greatly in size and in the tints of their main substance.

Other elements occurring at rare intervals, and not further investigated, were tiny spheres and crystal-like bodies, lying in the blood-vessels and capillaries, and colored homogeneously with eosin. Fragments of red blood corpuscles, undeveloped corpuscles, and megalocytes were also too superficially investigated to be especially described here.

^ Archiv fiir Anatomie und Physiologie, iSSi.

2 Ueber die Bedeutung der Cytozoen fiir die Natur der thierischen Zellen. 58. Versammlung deutscher Naturforscher und Aerzte in Strassburg. Tageblatt 18-23. September 1S85.


Methods of Determining the Curves.^

a. Size Cin"-oes.

As was stated above, care was taken to make sections through the largest diameter of the spleen. The largest section of every spleen was selected and drawn with the camera lucida upon millimeter paper. The instrument used was a Zeiss stand with eyepiece 4 and Leitz objective i. The tube of the microscope was always of the same length and stood perpendicular to the drawing surface. The angle of the mirror was carefully regulated. The section was placed as near the center of the field as possible, before it was drawn. The number of square millimeters included within the outline of the section was then counted, the result thus obtained becoming the elements of the preliminary or individual curves.

b. Blood Curves.

The quantity of blood in the spleen was taxed according to the relative proportion of the red-blood corpuscles and the size of the blood-vessels and capillaries to the remaining tissue of the spleen. If the spleen was judged to contain about equal parts of blood tissue and spleen tissue, this was indicated by 10 on our scale ; if the proportion was }{ spleen tissue to ^ blood tissue, we noted 15; if Y\ spleen tissue to J^ blood tissue, 5.

c. EosinopJiiloiis Cells.

The frequency of their occurrence was determined as follows : A large thin section was selected, and since the " eosinophilous " cells are especially abundant near the surface of the spleen, I counted the number occurring in as broad a zone near the circumference of the section as I could well oversee

1 The simplest method of determining the size of the spleen, that of weighing it, could not be practically adopted, because of its minuteness and the fear of disturbing the microscopical structure. The form of the spleen is, further, so irregular that it would scarcely have been more accurate to estimate the volume from the area or diameter.



with the microscope. I used a power (Zeiss oc. 4, obj. D.) hio-h enough to enable me to see the cells easily and yet overlook as much of the spleen at a time as possible. After counting those in the circumference, I counted those in two diameters at right angles to one another, taking care not to recount those already enumerated. When the number for a section was determined I classified them under four heads — 0-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20, in order to simplify the curves; = 0, 5 — 10 eosinophilous cells, 10 = 50 cells, 15 == 100 cells. Every number beyond 15 represented 100 cells. ,

d. Follicle-Cell Curves.

In estimating the amount of follicle cells I was obliged to rely upon the oft-repeated comparison of the spleens. An opinion was then formed for each spleen in turn, and the result noted in the form of a number, 5 representing a small proportion of follicle cells, 10 many, and 15 very many.

e. " Ntirse^'- Cell Curves.

The proportion of these cells was determined in the same way as the foregoing ones, it being impossible to count them on account of their indefinite form and variable character.

f. Cytozoa Ciirves. g. Pigment Curves, f and g were determined in the same manner as ^ and d.

h. Curves of the Figures of Ccll-Divisiou.

They were counted simultaneously with the eosinophilous cells. The resulting numbers 5 = 5 figures, 10=10, 15 = 20 figures.

i. Plas7noso77ia Curves. Their proportion was determined like the curves tr, d, e,f.


Description and Comparison of the Curves.

a. Size Curves.

The general features of the curves indicate that the spleens are larger in summer during the food-period than in winter. They are smallest at the close of the food period and before the commencement of the same, or immediately preceding copulation. The csciilenta spleens are larger than the temporaria spleens. There is a greater difference in size between the summer and winter spleen of esculenta, than between the summer and winter spleen of tcmpoi-avia. The difference in size of the summer and winter spleen is greater with the male than with the female.

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b. Blood Curves.

The spleens are seen to contain less blood in the first months succeeding copulation than at almost any other time of the year, although the period of abundant food has already begun. During the remaining of the food-period, September, October, a maximum quantity





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months August, contain of blood.

The curves of the male and female temporaria are very similar, whereas those of the male and female esculenta are unlike. The spleens of both sexes of temporaria contain a small quantity of blood during the hunger period. In May, the month

Fig. a. — Size Curves.



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immediately following copulation, the spleens are better supplied with blood. A minimum quantity of blood is reached in June and July, when they wander to the dry meadows. The esailenta spleens contain a slightly larger proportion of blood than temporaria. The female spleens are larger proportion than the male spleens. If we compare Figs, a and b

we find that the size of the spleen is not alone dependent upon the quantity of blood it contains. This is notably true in the months of June and July.

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c. EoshiopJiilojis Cell Curves.

In general we learn from these curves that the spleens contain more eosinophilous cells during the period of abundant food and fewer in the hunger period or in winter. This is especially evident at the beginning of the food period in June and July. The spleen contains the fewest such cells in April and May. The te^nporaria spleens possess more of them than the esculent a spleens. The number of eosinophilous cells varies more distinctly in the temporaria than in the esculenta spleens. The winter curves of temporaria, male and female, reach their culmination in February. The Fall culmination occurs in September. The Fall culmination of esc7ilenta falls in November.

The curves of the same sex are more typically alike than the curves of the same species. The male spleens contain more eosinophilous cells than the female. If we compare

Fig. b. — Blood Curves.


Figs, a and c we come to the conclusion that the cosinophilous cells increase in number when the spleens diminish in size. The April and May spleens are an exception, as they contain very few eosinophilous cells, and yet the spleens are comparatively small. By a comparison of Figs, b and c we discover that the number of eosinophilous cells is very large in June and July, when the quantity of blood was found to be especially small.

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In general the spleens contain more of these cells in the hunger period than in the food period. All the curves indicate that the spleens contain a great many of these cells in July and very few in February and March.

The esculeiita spleens contain more of these cell-groups than the temporaria. The male spleens contain more such cells than the female. After almost disappearing from the spleens in August, September or October, they become more abundant again in the male spleens in September or October, and in the female spleens in November. A comparison of Figs, a and d indicate that the follicle cells have something to do with the increase in size of the July spleens — especially of the female spleens — and hence probably plays an important part in its function. Figs, b and d teach us that during the summer the spleen is more abundantly supplied with blood when the number of follicle cells decrease. Figs, c and d show a similarity of general outline, the summer elevations of the follicle-cell curves being coincident with or succeeding those of the eosinophilous cell curves. If we

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recall the results of Giirber's investigation, that the white blood corpuscles increase under the influence of dryness, and then consider that the eosinophilous cells are white blood corpuscles, and that the follicle cells, if not white blood corpuscles, are closely allied to them in character, it then seems possible that the summer elevations of these two curves may

be in part the result of the dryness, but only in part, for the abundant nourishment, and possibly still another influence, must be taken into account.

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In general there are fewer "nurse" cells in summer duro ing the abundant food period, more in November at its close, and the most in February, March and April, immediately ^ preceding the period of copulation. During the month of copulation there are very few of these cells in the spleen, but the number increases again in the male spleens in the month immediately following, and in the female spleens in the second month following the month of copulation. The escidenta spleen is richer in "nurse" cells than the temporaria. They are most abundant in the esculenta spleen in March and April, in the temporaria spleen in March and April. The curves of the species are typical. The male spleens contain a greater number of "nurse" cells than the female.

A comparison of Figs, a and e indicates that the tcmpoi'afia spleens contain few of these cells when the spleens are large and more when the spleens are small. May and June spleens are an exception, for here the first slight increase in size is ac

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companiecl by an increase in the number of "nurse" cells. The same is true of the esculenta spleens in summer, whereas in winter the elevations of the "nurse" cell curves nearly correspond to the elevations of the size curves. The comparison of Figs, b and c seems to teach that the spleens containing a small quantity of blood are richer in "nurse" cells than spleens containing a large portion of blood. In comparing Figs, c and e we find that the elevations of eosinophilous cell curves in November coincide with the elevation of the "nurse" cell curve for the same month. The May and June elevations of the "nurse" cell curves precede the June and July elevations of the eosinophilous cell curves. The elevations of the follicle cell curves (Figs, d and e) succeed those of the "nurse" cell curves, thus coinciding, in part, with the eosinophilous cell elevations, as was noticed above. If we recall the facts concerning the "nurse" cells given in Gaule's Strassburg lecture and his opinion that the " nurse " cells are developed from the other white blood corpuscles, it no longer estranges to find that the proportion of these elements varies among themselves at a time when the tide of blood in the spleen is at its ebb.










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They are more numerous in the male than in the female spleens. Since they are principally seen enclosed in the

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than immediately before or after this act. The esculenta spleens have more pigment than the temporaria spleens, the males less than the females. Small spleens contain comparatively more pigment than large spleens. Spleens containing a large proportion of blood are poor in pigment. There is little pigment in spleens containing many follicle cells. The cytozoa and pigment curves combine to make the " nurse " cell curves, since the cytozoa and pigment are a product or element of the "nurse" cell. The predominating color of the pigment in the escidenta spleen is yellow, the black pigment, however, exceeds the yellow in the male spleen in the month of May. The predominating color of the pigment of the teviporaria spleen is yellow in the summer, yellowgrey in winter. Black pigment predominates at the end of the food-period, and in the male spleen in May.






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h. Figures of Cell- Division Curves.

It is evident from the curves that cell-division in the spleen is confined to a certain period, this occurring in the months of May, June, and July. They are most frequent in the female spleen in June and July; in the male in May and June.

i. Plasmosonia.

In general they are more frequent in winter than in summer. The presence of plasmosoma in the nuclei indicates that the nuclei are larger and more distinct in such spleens than in others, and that the structure of the nuclei has assumed a special character. Their curves must be looked upon as merely a preliminary study of the minuter structure of the cells of the spleen.

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amount of blood, as indicated by the number of red blood corpuscles and the diameter of the blood - vessels and capillaries. As the food period comes to a close, the number of whiteblood corpuscles, pigment, and follicle cells increase again to fall below the average proportion during the winter. During the months directly preceding the period of copulation, the number of white blood corpuscles and the amount of pigment increases.

The curves of temporaria teach us that the teviporaria spleens are smaller than those of esculenta, and that the eosinophilous cells are characteristic of this species. The outlines of the blood, "nurse" cells, pigment, cytozoa, follicle cell, and plasmosoma curves are similar in the two sexes, which indicates that the annual chemical processes are on the whole alike in both.

The curves of esculenta teach that the spleens are larger than the temporaria spleens, and that follicle cells, pigment, cytozoa, and a greater of protoplasm are characteristic of this species. The outline of the "nurse" cell and follicle cell


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curves are similar for the two sexes. The blood cnrves indicate that the quantity of blood in the spleen does not vaciUale as much in the escuUnta as in the temporaria spleen.

The more typical character of the temporaria spleen may be referred to the greater distinctness in the periods of the year's cjcle, the fact that the}- have a dry food period in June, July and August, a moist food period in September and October, and that the sexual products, as we know for a catainty of the males, are de\-eloped almost entirely during the summer months from June to September. The escuUnta, on the other hand, keep to the swamps and ponds for their nourishment during the entire food period, and the sexual products are in process of formation during the entire j-ear. All these facts must have an inference upon the character of the cells in the spleen.

There is, further, a certain similarit}' in some curves of like sexes. Thus the male spleens are characterized by a greater number of eosinophilous cells, follicle cells, more c}-tozoa and more protoplasm than the female. The outlines of the and fig" :rt? of ceU-di\Tsion are similar in the male spleens, the elevations coming a month later in the escuUnta than in the temporaria. spleen. The quantity of blood does not vary as much in the male as in the female spleen.

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ophilous cell, follicle cell, pigment, plasmosoma and cell-division curves are similar.

A closer analysis of the curves than is given here is reserved for a more extended article and until a further study of the female sexual organs and the cyclical changes in other organs and tissues of the body has been completed.

The present curves, at the least, demonstrate the fact that the character of the microscopical elements of the spleen are to a certain extent dependent upon the external surroundings and habits of the frog.

Zurich, August 8, 1892,



The various researches during the last fifty years on nerve cells and nerve fibers give us a very clear insight into the real meaning of the latter. Shortly after the cell-doctrine was propounded by Schwann, a series of studies were made upon the nerve fibers, the most prominent of which were those of Remak and of Helmholtz. Both of these observers showed that the nerve fiber is a prolongation of a nerve cell, although their studies were not upon cerebro-spinal nerves. About fifteen years later Deiters showed that the same held true for these nerves also, and from this time on histologists and physiologists accepted the discovery of the above investigators.

With these discoveries clearly in mind, and with the knowledge that the whole nervous system is ectodermal in its origin, it is no wonder that His's attention was constantly directed to the ganglion cell as the only originator of the nerve fiber. The growth of the nerve fiber had already been followed by Kolliker in the tadpole's tail, but this did not prove that the fiber arises from the ganglion cell. While investigations were being made to show that the nerve fiber is a direct continuation of a cell, a number of others were being made to show that a group of cells participate in the formation of a single axis cylinder; and it is remarkable that some of these are being published even at the present day. His was soon able, by direct observation, to show that, in its development, the fiber arises from a cell and then grows to its point of destination. Studies in nerve regeneration indicate that the same must be true. His's observations were immediately confirmed by Ramon y Cajal, who stained nerve fibers while they were developing by means of staining with a modification of Golgi's method. In addition to these two methods we have also Ehrlich's, and, by these


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light is gradually being thrown upon the structure and architecture of the nervous system.

From the purely anatomical standpoint we now ask ourselves regarding every nerve, "from what cells does it arise." In nearly all cases we find that the nerves have a mixed origin in all more complex animals, and this should be the case, for only with this mixture of nerves can the complexity of the animal be brought about. In lower animals a nerve is often confined wholly to one metamer while in the higher animals this is rarely the case. No matter how great the mixture of nerves is, the following generalizations apply to all nerves which have been carefully studied.

1. TJie primitive growing point of all vertebrate nerves is in the layer of cells on the outennost side of the ectoderm and the axis of division is parallel zuith the ectoderm.

I do not wish to enter into many details regarding these points in this paper, but add the following cases. It applies to the whole central nervous system, to the sense organs of the ectoderm and to the eye, ear and nose. In the latter, however, the nerve cells sink into the thickened ectoderm of the olfactory pit and then the planes of division can no longer be followed. The spinal ganglia also caused me a great deal of trouble for the relation of the plane of division to the ectoderm is lost as soon as the mass of cells separates from it. Furthermore, the ganglia of the tail of the animal do not arise directly from the neural crest but by a system of sprouts from the more anterior ganglia. In the latter case it is of course impossible to follow the relation of the plane of division to the original outside of the body.

2. The direction of the transmission of an impulse is already determined by the position of the cell in the ectoderm.

The afferent, or receiving pole of the cell is on its free side, i. e., the side which originally communicated with the exterior of the body. The efferent, or giving pole is on the basal side of the cell. The nerve fiber from either or both poles may become very long and the nerves of the more complex organs are made up of a chain of two or three cells, in which the free side of one and the basal side of the other are more

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or less highly specialized ; the middle cell is often bipolar and reaches from the first to the third. ^

1 The more rudimentary arrangement is when the sensory cell reaches from the ectoderm to the brain, then in turn the brain cell sends a prolongation to the muscle, thus making a very simple reflex circle. The beautiful researches of V. Lenhossek and of Retzius on Tumbricus show this state of things. In the olfactory organ we have a single cell reaching from the ectoderm to the brain as shown by His and other investigators. The arrangement becomes more complex in sense organs like the ear, taste-buds and eye.

In the eye the chain is composed of three cells ; the rods and cones, the bipolar cells of the inner nuclear layer and the ganglion cells of the retina. Moreover we have in all probability nerves reaching from the brain to the retina as indicated by Monakow and Ramon y Cajal. In this manner we can pass through the whole system of sense organs and always find that the direction of the activity of the cell is always indicated by the pole which originally communicated with the exterior of the body.

Fig. I. — Diagrammatic transverse section of tlie head of an embryo, to show the growing point in the nervous system and the direction of the growth of the fiber. M, medullary canal ; E, eye ; O, ear; N, nose ; C, cephelopod eye ; L, sense cells of the skin of Lumbricus.

Fig. 2. — Longitudinal section of the cerebral hemispheres of Necturus. V, ventricle ; W, white matter; G, grey matter extending from the ventricle to form a rudimentary certex. The growing point and the direction of the nerve fiber is indicated.

Difficulties are met with in the formation of the gray matter, and also the ganglia of the encephalon, but I think a careful investigation of them has shown me that the same also holds true in these parts. In the gradual change of gray matter from the ventricle of the brain in lower animals to the cortex of the higher, the cell undergoes a half revolution and the side which originally pointed toward the ventricle now points toward the surface of the brain. The only serious obstacle with which I have met are the cells of the dorsal ganglia of higher animals. The cells continue to divide after they are separated from the neural crest, and moreover they become unipolar. This must be viewed as a secondary change, as originally they were bipolar. The general indication is that the pole which gives rise to the nerve fiber is the original basal end of the cell. Figs, i and 2 indicate in a general way the points I have emphasized. The sense cells of the skin of Lumbricus, as well as the cephalopod eye, are indicated in the diagram. (For literature regarding these points, see Altmann, His, Merk, Rabl and others.)

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With these ideas clearly in mind it is quite easy to understand why the optic nerve perforates the retina in the vertebrate eye and passes directly to the brain in the invertebrate. They also tell us why primitive eyes are composed of but a single layer of cells sending nerve fibers directly to the brain, and why in the more complex eyes a chain of cells is used for the same purpose.

In the present study it has been my aim to follow the formation of the retina from the time the optic vesicle is well marked to the beginning of the optic nerve. Eycleshymer ^ has already shown us that in Amblystoma and Necturus the optic cups are well marked long before the neural canal begins to

Fig. 3. — Section through the eye of Amblystoma (3.5 mm. long). X 66 times. P'rom a drawing by Mr. Eycleshymer. O. V., optic vesicle.

close by pigmented areas which are slightly cup-shaped, and are made up of a single layer of cylindrical cells with the pigment at either end of them. As the areas grow more and more to form cups the mitoses are more numerous in them than in the surrounding ectoderm which is to form the neural canal. The pigment gradually becomes more and more diffuse and serves to a great extent in following the differentiation of the retina. "During the later stages of development the walls of the vesicles become thinner, so that just before they invaginate to

1 Eycleshymer, Journal of Morphology, Vol. VIII.

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form the optic cups they consist of but a single layer of elongated cells with their nuclei located in their peripheral ends. A continued dispersion and migration of the pigment has also taken place, and is now more abundant in the stalk than in the portion which will later form the optic cup." ^ Fig. 3 gives the outline of the cells of the optic cup when it is once well formed. The evagination is complete and at this stage the mitoses are not in the cells of the cup, but almost wholly at the point where the cup joins the brain. The pigment outlines the cells very well and in general is well diffused throughout the retina. The cell itself is filled with yolk

Pig- 4- — Section through the brain and eye of Amblystoma (4 mm. long) seventeen days before hatching. Hardened in Flemming's solution. X 100 times. S, spongioblast ; G, germinating cell.

granules and its nucleus is located in its extreme peripheral end. In an embryo which is somewhat older the optic cup is flattened and the optic stalk has become smaller than it is in the stage just described. This stage. Fig. 4, shows most beautifully the formation of the first spongioblasts and is, therefore, of the greatest value to us in our study. His ^ has already

1 Eycleshymer, /. c, p. 193.

2 His, Abhandl. d. konigl. sach. Gesellsch. d. Wissenschaften, Bd. XXVI, and His u. Braune's Archiv, 1889. Also, His u. Braune's Archiv, Supplement-Rand, 1890, and Verhandl. d. X. Internationalen Med. Congresses, Bd. H, Berlin, 1891.



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shown us how the spongioblasts are formed and his view is in general confirmed by the present study. It is quite easy to follow their formation in Amblystoma, because the cells of the retina are loaded with yolk and pigment granules. Just before the stage pictured in Fig. 4 is reached, the nucleus is in the free end of the cell and as it moves towards the base of the cell the protoplasm of its peripheral end is gradually broken up into a mass of fibrils. By what process this takes place is extremely difficult to determine, but as the fat globules vanish from the peripheral end the pigment adheres to the protoplasmic

Fig. 5. — Section through the eye of Amblystoma (6.5 mm. long) thirteen days before hatching. X 133 times. C, germinating cell ; S, spongioblast.

filaments of these cells and soon we have spongioblasts as indicated in Fig. 5. The cell process arising from the spongioblasts often appear to communicate with one another but careful study of many specimens indicates that in all probability this is not the case. Any line of pigment granules communicates only with the body of one cell and does not continue over to that from a neighboring cell. This view is materially strengthened by the observations of Ramon y CajaP upon the

1 Ramon y Cajal, Anatom. Anz., 1889.

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adult retina. By means of Golgi's method he succeeded in outlining large cells extending from the rods and cones to the nerve fibers of the retina. There are no anastomoses between the prolongations and in general their outline corresponds with my Figs. 4, 5 and 6. In every respect they correspond with the Miiller's fibers of the inner nuclear layer and I shall speak of them as such.

A day later the nuclei have all moved to the basal end of the cells, leaving on the free side of the retina a zone composed wholly of the prolongations of the spongioblasts. This free zone or peripheral veil of His {Randschlcier) is not only

Fig. 6. — Section through the eye of Amblystoma (7 mm. long) twelve days before hatching. X 133 times. G, germinating cell ; S, spongioblast.

present in the retinas of all classes of vertebrates but extends throughout the central nervous system, and is in all cases on the basal side of the ectoderm. Without demonstrating the point absolutely the embryological evidence is that the spongioblasts throughout the nervous system are much the same — forming Muller's fibres and the retina, and Deiter's cells in the brain and spinal cord. And as the evidence is gradually accumulating we must admit that the prolongations of the spongioblasts do not communicate directly but only come in.



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apposition, so that the same principle applies to them as to the nerve-cells, or to cells in general.

Fig. 5 is a stage two clays in advance of Fig. 4. The fat globules in this case show how the peripheral end of the cell is breaking up into its prolongations. The process is beginning to effect the basal end of the cells also. Practically all the cells of the retina in this stage contribute to the formation of the net-work of interlocking cells, and as yet no true nervecells are present. In a stage later, Fig. 6, the lens is

Fig. 7. — Section through the eye of Amblystoma (8 mm. long) nine days before hatching. X 133 times. S, spongioblast ; N, neuroblast.

separated from the ectoderm, and the secondary optic vesicle is more cup-shaped. The net-work of fibrils is still outlined by the pigment granules and they form such an intimate meshwork that it is impossible to separate the cells. There seems to be a complete union of protoplasm of the cells, but on account of the mode of development as well as on account of histological principles I consider this only apparent, and not real. Already in this stage some of the nuclei are beginning to move towards the free border of the retina, and this is greatly increased a day or two later (Fig. 7).

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At this time the whole eye has advanced in its development, and in its centre the complete thickness of the retina is filled with cells. Cells arising from the germinal layer have moved through the fine net-work of the prolongation of the spongioblasts and are now immediately behind the lens. This is the third migration of nuclei. In Fig. 7 we have a retina representing all of the various stages in its development. In the m.iddle it is the most advanced, and at the periphery it is just beginning. In fact this is what we have in all growing

Fig. 8. — Section through the eye of Amblystoma (lo mm. long) five days before hatching. X 300 times. G, germinating cell ; S, spongioblast ; N, neuroblast.

retinas, the periphery always being the growing point. Following Fig. 7 from its center to the periphery, we find in the center the whole retina filled with cells; on either side the large spongioblasts completely formed ; and farther towards the periphery the development of the spongioblasts. Viewed from the lens side we have in the various stages of the development of the retina, at first a central spot indicating the free ends of the spongioblasts, which in the successive stages move as a zone



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towards the periphery and is gradually lost. It is lost as soon as it has once overstepped the border of the optic stem or point of the future optic nerve. Up to the present the layer of tapetum contains no pigment, but now the condition of things is reversed; the retina contains pigment only at its periphery, and the tapetum is pigmented all around as indicated in Fig. 7. Following this stage closely it is quite easy to find the origin ■of the first optic nerve fibers. Using the lens and inner granular layer as guides, we locate the beginning of the optic nerve in a stage between the first growth of the lens fibers, and just before the formation of the inner granular layer.

Up to the present I have been able to find some two dozen specimens in which the ootic nerve is already partly formed,

Fig. 9. — Reconstruction of the eye of Amblystoma just after hatching. X 100 times. X, inner granular layer.

but communicates only with the retina and not with the brain. In its growth from the retina the nerve has not yet reached the brain. Fig. 8 is from a specimen in which eight or nine bundles of two to three fibers each form the beginning of the optic nerve. These bundles arise from about two dozen cells, all of which are located in what is to be the future ganglion-cell layer of the retina. The first ganglionic cell always grows toward the optic stalk, as indicated in the figure. At the point of union, between the optic stalk and retina, there is always a triangular space, and frequently the optic nerve grows through this. Along the growth of the nerve the cells are spindle shaped, and as it passes through the triangular space these cells sur

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round the nerve. The exact direction of the nerve does not seem to be constant, but, as a rule, it is towards the ventral and median side of the stalk, as indicated in Fig. 9. A section of the same stage in Necturus is shown in Fig. 10. The whole nerve was struck in one section, and it shows a very large triangular space, partly filled with cells which surround the nerve.

The idea that the optic nerve arises from the retina and grows to the brain was first advanced by W. Muller ^ although he had no direct observation on which to base his view. The various facts known at his time to histologists and embryologists were,

Pig_ 10. — Section through the eye of Necturus (i8 mm. long) about the time of hatching. X 100 times.

however, sufficient basis and his view was finally verified simultaneously by His 2 and Martin ^ by direct observation in mammalian embryos. The study of the latter is quite complete, and in general what I have found in the amphibian eye confirms what he found in the cat. He finds also that the optic nerve not only arises from the ganglion cells but also from the cells of the inner nuclear layer.

1 W. Miiller, Festgabe an C. Ludwig, 1874.

2 His, His u. Braune's Archiv, 1S90.

8 Martin, Anatom. Anz., 1890, and Zeit. f. vergl. Augenheilkunde, Bd. 7.



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From another standpoint it was also shown by Froriep ^ that the first fibers of the optic nerve must arise from the retina, because he found in a shark embryo an optic nerve arising from the retina but not reaching to the brain. The same has been shown to be true by Keibel ^ and by Assheton.^ In both Figs. 9 and 10, which arc from Amblystoma and Necturus respectively, the optic nerve arises from deeper portions of the retina as well as from the ganglian-cell layer. Especially in Necturus is this second growth of cells, which

Fig. II. — Section through the optic nerve and retina of Necturus two and onehalf months old. Hardened in picro-chromic and osmic acids. X 550 times.

give rise to optic nerve fibers, well marked. In later stages, as soon as the inner granular layer is well formed, these large cells send a single protoplasmic prolongation almost through the granular layer a give rise to a single nerve fiber which can with the greatest of ease be followed into the optic nerve. Fig. 1 1 is a picture of a specimen which had been

1 P'roriep, Anatom. Anz., 1S91.

2 Keibel, Sitzungsber. d. Nat. Med. Vereins, 1888.

3 Assheton, Quarterly Jour, of Microscop. Science, 1892.

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hardened in picro-chromic and osmic acids, a method by which the optic nerve fibers are most decidedly marked. This observation is by no means remarkable when we take into consideration the newer histology of the retina as given us by Dogiel,! by Ramon y Cajal 2 and by Tartuferi.^ To these authors, and especially the former, we owe our knowledge of

Fig. 12. — Semi-diagrammatic reconstruction of the human retina from the drawings of Dogiel.

the origin of the optic nerve in the various layers of the retina. Fig. 12 is a compilation of several of Dogiel's figures and shows his interpretation of the retina obtained by the methylin blue

1 Dogiel, Anatom. Anz., iSSS, and Archiv. fiir mik. Anat., Bd. 38, 1891.

2 Ramon y Cajal, Anatom. Anz., 1889.

2 Tartuferi, Salla anatomia della retina, Torino, 1887.

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method of staining. We have the three groups of ganglion cells giving rise to nerves, two of which are situated within the inner nuclear layer. In addition we have the bipolar cells, and with Ramon y Cajal I can not wholly set aside the M tiller's cells of the same layer, mainly on account of specimens obtained by means of silver precipitation, and because of the mode of development. In addition to the nerves arising from these cells we have also no doubt centripetal nerves which have free endings in the retina. This has been shown by means of physiological experiment by Monakow,i by embryological observation by Martin ^ and by histological methods by Ramon y Cajal.^ According to this last named author they end in the inner nuclear layer of the retina.

The three groups of ganglion cells of the retina giving rise to the optic nerve, may be called, because of their location, the inner, middle and outer ganglionic layers; the first lying just beneath the outer granular, and the last just outside of the layer of optic nerve fibers. In Necturus and Amblystoma the middle group is the most prominent and sends large protoplasmic prolongation through the inner granular layer, as Fig. 1 1 shows. In addition to these cells there are cells lying just inside of the outer granular layer, which also seem to give rise to nerve fibers. As yet, however, I have been unable to demonstrate that in its development the optic nerve arises in part from the cells of the outer ganglionic layer of Dogiel.

Shortly after the middle ganglionic layer begins to give rise to the optic nerve fibers there appears a line of separation between the middle and inner ganglionic layers, the beginning of the inner granular layer. This rapidly increases in thickness, and just before the retina is complete the outer granular layer also makes its appearance.

Before the retina is completed, its inner and outer borders are defined by sharp lines formed by the many prolongations of the spongioblasts, or Miiller's fibers. As the rods and cones develop they perforate the outer border and come in contact

1 Monakow, Arch. f. Psychatrie, Ed. XX.

2 Martin, Zeit. f. Vergleich. Augenheilkunde, Bd. VII. 8 Ramon y Cajal, Anatom. Anz., 18S9.


with, and are enveloped by the pigment cells of the tapetum nigrum. The line of perforation remains sharp and in this way the membrana limitans externa is formed.

In the amphibians the retina is completed in its center before its area is very great, and its further growth is by gradual addition to the periphery. In general, then, the ora serrata is its growing point, and here its growth is by means of the same steps as was the case in its center. Therefore, the histogenesis can be studied in any growing retina, with the disadvantage, however, of no pigmentation of the cells, which is of such great value in the study of the first formation of the optic nerve. Any Necturus embryo, during the first year of its life, will show this periphral growth. The mitoses are also in all cases in the outer nuclear layer, i.e., the side which corresponds to the former outside of the body. This same process of addition to the periphery is by no means peculiar to the amphibian eye, but is present in all vertebrate, as well as many invertebrate eyes. In the cephalopod eye, which is derived directly from the ectoderm, the growing point is just beneath the bacilli ("rod and cone"), or on the lens side of the retina. This is exactly what we should expect, as it is this side which was originally the free surface of the ectoderm. Here also the retina completes its growth in its center and then becomes larger and larger by addition to its periphery. Here also the plane of the cell division is at right angles to the original ectodermal plane, as is the case in the vertebrate eye. Not only is this true in the squid, but also in various groups of arthropods. Watase, in his excellent papers, has shown us much which brings the invertebrate eye into line with the vertebrate. ^ He also informs me that quite recently he has found that the eye of Squilla grows in the same way. Lowne^ has also demonstrated that the invertebrate eye grows at its periphery.

Besides the methods of growth it is also possible to make other comparisons between the vertebrate and invertebrate eyes. The polarity of cells is identical and the chain of cells

1 Watase, Studies from the Biol. Laboratory, Johns Hopkins Univ., Vol. IV, and Johns Hopkins Univ. Circular, April, 1890.

2 Lowne, Transaction of the Linn. Society, 1884.

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is much the same according to the complexity of the eyes. Nowhere is the histogenesis of the artliopod eye shown better than in Watase's paper. He gives a clear demonstration that the origin of the various cells of the ommatidium is from the same source. This also corresponds with the vertebrate retina. The corneagen cells differentiate much as, and correspond with the rods and cones. The rhabdomere corresponds with the ganglion cells ; both give rise to optic nerve fibers. The former may differentiate into only one layer ; the latter into three layers. The various groups of cells of the retina may be firmly bound together by what are no doubt functional cells — the ganglion cell in Limulus, and the bipolar cell of the inner nuclear layer of the vertebrates.^ No matter whether or not we succeed in making a homology of the various histological elements of various eyes the fact remains that a cell with a single prolongation or a differentiation of cells makes the visual unit. An ommatidium on the one hand and a rod and cone, bipolar cell and ganglion cell on the other ; all are complex modifications of the same simple cell with its polarity retained. In one cell (rod and cone) the receiving or the afferent side is more greatly modified ; in the other cell (ganglion) the transmitting or efferent side is more highly specialized.

That the growing point of the retina is at its periphery is further demonstrated by the fact that the newt's retina may be completely regenerated from this point. Griffini and Marchino^ demonstrated, by cutting the optic nerve, that the retina degenerates completely with the exception of its periphery or ora serrata. We have seen that this is the embryonic or growing portion of the retina, and Griffini and Marchino find that the whole retina as well as the optic nerve is regenerated from this point. This fact does not seem so remarkable when we take into consideration that the spinal cord may be regenerated by the multiplication of the cells about its central

1 These bipolar cells have been well described by Emery, Atti della Societa Italiana di Scienza Naturali, XVIII, 1876 ; by Dogiel, Archiv, f. mik. Anat., Bd. XXII, XXIV u. XXXVIII ; and by Ramon y Cajal, Anatom. Anz., 1SS9.

2 Griffini and Marchin6, Arch. Ital. de Biol., XII.


canal, and a later differentiation after the same plan as in the embryo.^ The structure of the ora serrata of the human retina also indicates that this must be the growing point As we follow the retina into this point we find that the granular layers disappear — first the outer and then the inner. The two nuclear layers then run together, and finally the rods and cones disappear.^ In this region there is a decided increase of Miiller's fibers or spongioblasts. By passing from the ora serrata to the retina the layers appear in the order of their development in the embryo, This explains to us why the structures of the retina "flow together" as the ciliary border is approached.

I do not think it probable that the cells of the outer nuclear are liable to multiply under any normal conditions. According to Boquis ^ and to Falchi^ direct injury of the retina causes multiplication of the cells of that part. The latter author states that the ganglion cells as well as the cells of the inner and outer nuclear layers may divide. I do not think that the papers of the above authors can bear rigid cross examination, and it is probable that most of the cell divisions were seen in the inflammatory tissue, or at the highest in the spongioblasts.^ Under certain circumstances, however, it seems as if the mature retina may begin and grow anew. This is by no means an exception for the retina alone, for in all pathological newformations the same may be true. Flexner^ has described a tumor arising from the outer nuclear layer, and this whole new-formation (neuroepithelioma as he calls it) is composed of round cells and circular groups of rods and cones. We must interpret the above case as a multiplication of cells which are already highly differentiated. All of the cells of the outer

^ Caporaso, Ziegler's Beitrage, Ed. V.

2 Schwalbe, Anat. d. Sinnesorgane, 1887.

3 Riforma Medica, IV.

Riforma Medica, IV, and Ziegler's Beitrage, Bd. V. s Martin states that the spongioblasts of the embryonic cat's retina multiply. Recently Kerestszeghy and Hannss (Ziegler's Beitrage) Bd. XII, have shown that when the dog's spinal cord is injured the glia cells increase to a slight extent, and that the ganglion cells do not multiply.

s Flexner, Johns Hopkins Hospital Bulletin, 1891.



nuclear layer are rod-and-conc bearing cells, and we can not admit that when they multiply that they can return to their embryonic type and regenerate all the retina structures. They must produce their kind only, i.e., form rods and cones.

The above discussion shows us clearly, I think, that the histogenesis of the retina is after the plan of histogenesis of nerve tissue in general. The original growing point is on the side which was the outer border of the ectoderm. This statement applies to the central nervous system as well as the sense


The optic nerve arises in great part from the dorsal end of the ganglion cells and grows into the brain. In general we can view nerve cells as having receiving and transmitting ends. The receiving end is the side which was directed originally towards the outside of the body. In the retina the receiving end is most highly modified in the rods and cones ; the transmitting end in the ganglion cells ; and an intermediate stage with both equally modified in the bipolar cells of the inner nuclear layer.

After the retina is fully formed just behind the lens, its further growth is by addition to the periphery. This secondary growth is a continuation of the primary and is in no way a modification of it.

The University of Chicago, Feb. 24, 1893



Naturalists are now pretty well agreed that the lately discovered centrosome with its sphere represents a highly important constituent of the cell, and that it is to be placed in the category of permanent cell-organs, as the nucleus and the cytoplasm. Indeed one^ of the foremost cytologists has recently said that the discovery of the centrosome marks as important an era in the history of biological science as did the discovery of the cell-nucleus itself.

Those who have paid any attention to the subject will hardly question the physiological importance of the centrosome. But the view that the centrosome with its sphere is an organ equal in morphological importance and as permanent as the nucleus, is open to serious criticism. For the claim of the absolute novelty and the unique character of the centrosome is, after all, based on the assumption, tJiat among the hitherto recognized elements in the cell, there is nothing comparable to the centrosome, either in function or in structure.

If there is any known element in the cell which can be shown to have a close affinity to, or identity with, the centrosome, its claim as a unique morphological organ in the cell must fall to the ground.

Investigators who have studied this subject have generally selected cells in which the centrosome appeared in a most conspicuous form ; and naturally, as the main object at first was to demonstrate its existence. But the possibility of discovering the homology of the centrosome among the other cell-constituents, if such exist, is rendered all the more difficult, as long as our attention is directed only to those cells in which the centrosome has reached its highest development.

Among the number of animal and vegetable cells I have studied, a most instructive illustration of this fact is afforded

1 W. Flemming : Ueber Zellteilting. Verhandl. d. Anat. Gesellschaft zu Miinchen, 1891.



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by the egg of Unio (Fig. i). When the egg of Unio is killed with an osmo-picric mixture, and stained with acid-fuchsin, and afterward washed with the alcoholic solution of picric acid, we see the centrosome standing out with a remarkable sharpness from the rest of the cell-structure, inasmuch as the acid-fuchsin deeply stains the centrosome, while the spindle fibres and the rays of the aster remain practically unstained. On casual observation, we see nothing in the cell that can be compared with such a centrosome (Fig. i, C). The view that regards the centrosome as a unique organ of the cell would certainly

Fig. I. The egg of Unio complanata. C. C. centrosome; N". nucleus; Yk. yolk-granules. The egg was killed in the picro-osmic mixture, and stained with acid-fuchsin, and afterward washed with the alcoholic solution of picric acid. The centrosome appears to be hollow, the optical section shows it as a very thick ring of deeply staining substance.

seem justified, at least, if we cannot find any element in the cell that can be directly compared with it, as in the case of the egg-cell of Ufiio.

But we must remember that we may be here dealing with an extreme case, and therefore, just the example to be avoided on account of the excessive development of the centrosome, if we wish to find any element in the cell that is to be directly compared with it.

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Let us begin, therefore, with the cell in which the centrosome has not attained such an extraordinary development, as in the case of Unio.

Such a cell we find in the leucocyte. The accompanying illustration (Fig. 2), which is taken from the beautiful work of Heidenhain, represents the white blood corpuscle of the Salamander. In the center of the aster we find two pieces of deeply staining bodies, which are the centrosomes {C). Around them, there exists a zone composed of smooth cytoplasmic filaments radiating outwards. Along the periphery of this zone we find a number of granules. These granules are considerably smaller in size compared with the centrosome. The cyto Fiff. 2.



Fig. 2. The leucocyte of Sahnnander, showing the radical system of the cytoplasmic filaments, (aster) and the distribution of the microsomes {M.) ; C, centrosome ; N. nucleus. After Martin Heidenhain, Ueber Kern und Protoplasvia, Festschrift fiir A. von Kolliker, 1892, Taf. X, Fig. 9.

plasmic filaments, which run from the periphery of the abovementioned zone outward, contain a series of fine granules of varying sizes. These highly staining granules are the fnicrosomes (Fig. 2, J/.), or more strictly, the cyto-microsomes, and all of them stain exactly like the centrosome. The microsomes are imbedded in the substance of the cytoplasmic thread, and are different from the metaplasmic products, such as the nonliving granules, nutritive particles which are often quite abundant in the cell.



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As mentioned above, the size of the microsome varies, and, as a general rule, becomes smaller as it lies nearer the periphery of

the cell. There are, then, two important facts to be noted, viz.,

I. The microsomes stain exact<ly like the centrosomes, and therefore both differ from the cytoplasmic thread proper in one common particular.

2. The size of the microsomes gradually increase as we pass from the periphery of the cell toward the centre of the aster.

Two questions arise, viz., Are not the centrosome and the microsome essentially one and the same thing.'* Is not the reason why the centrosome is larger than the rest, because it is found at one end of the linear series toward which the size of the microsome gradually increases .

Considered purely from the anatomical and the microchemical side, I must answer these questions in the affirmative, and see no reason why the centrosome can not be regarded simply as a viicrosoine of gigantic size. If this statement can be maintained, then, the absolute uniqueness claimed for the centrosome as a cellular element, must be given up, for as is well known the microsome is the universally distributed element in the cytoplasm of animal

Fig. 3. Blastomeres in one of the radii in the blastodisc of Loligo feaiii, showing the formation of the spindle filaments from the centrosome. In the segment (i), the nucleus is still spherical, and no spindle rays are yet distinctly visible ; in (2) the outline' of the nucleus is flattened and the spindle rays are distinctly visible ; in (3) and (4) the increase in the bulk of the spindle, and the corresponding decrease in that of the nucleus go hand in hand.

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and vegetable cells. The difference between the microsome and the centrosome according to this view, is merely that of size, and the size taken by itself is no decisive criterion by which we can differentiate one morphological element from another.

Supposing, then, that the centrosome may be considered as an enlarged form of the microsome, which exists everywhere in the cell-body, it may be further asked, How is it that a certain microsome attains such a gigantic size above all others } Is

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Fig. 4. Blastovieres frotn the central part of the blastodisc of Loligo pealii. The segments (i), (2), (3), (4), (5), etc. show different stages in the formation of the spindle from the centrosome.

there any special arrangement in the cytoplasm which favors the production of such a large microsome at a particular point }

The problem is a broad one, and involves the discussion of the relation existing between the microsome and the cytoplasmic thread proper. The following is my provisional answer.

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cases microsome appear as varicosities on without any visible cross-threads. This latter be due, in some cases, to the plane of the cr in position which makes them invisible in a it may be due to the technical difficulty of extremely delicate cross-threads in a certain these remarks, however, apply to those cases

a single thread, appearance may oss-threads lying given section, or preserving such cell. Neither of in which the mi


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Fig. 5. Diagram of a dividittg cell, showing the cytoplasmic framework of the caryokinetic figure and its relation to the rest of the cell-body. The chromosomes and the spindle fibres which are directly concerned with their division are omitted from the diagram. C. C, Centrosomes ; S., Spindle filaments ; M., microsomes or Cyto-microsomes ; Eq. M., Equatorial microsomes or "cell-plate," the "microsomes chrotnatiq7ces" of Guignard ; As. C, '■^ Astroccele" (Fol), the "zone mt^dullaire" of the attractive sphere of E. van Beneden ; As. f., fibres of the aster, vnth microsomes imbedded in the substance of each fibre, giving rise to the varicose appearance. The diagram is especially intended to show the distribution of the microsomes in different parts of the cell.

crosomic varicosities appear in the substance of straight spindle filaments without any cross-branches. It further appears probable that the substance of the cytoplasmic thread and that of the microsome stands in a certain genetic relationship. In

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short, the history of the microsome and the filament runs in a cycle. The microsome may be converted into the cytoplasmic filament, and the filament, in turn, may give rise to a microsome. The cytoplasmic filament may be called the active phase, and the microsome the inactive phase of the living cytoplasm.

If we accept the general statement that the microsome is more commonly found at the junction where two or more cytoplasmic threads meet, then the problem of the origin of the centrosome in the centre of the aster is greatly simplified. Foj- the centi-e of the aster is the point wJiei-e the greatest ntnnber of cytoplasmic filaments meet zvith one another, and the size of the microsome produce d at such a place must be correspondingly lai'ge. In other words, the microsome produced in the centre of the aster is the centrosome.

The centrosome thus produced gives rise in turn to a new set of cytoplasmic fibres — the spindle filaments. The view that the spindle fibre originates from the centre of the aster, and not from the nucleus I have given elsewhere. A glance at a series of caryokinetic figures (Fig. 3 and Fig. 4) will show that such is really the case. The important fact that may be observed in this connection, is that those filaments produced by the centrosome are the smooth fibres which are free from varicosities, at first. The observations of


Fig. 6. The connective tissue cells frofti the lung of Salamander. C, centrosome ; N., Nucleus ; Zk., "Zvvischenkorper." After W. Flemming : IVeue Beitrdge ziir Kenntniss der Zelle. Arch. f. mikr. Anat. Bd. XXXVII, 1S91, Taf. XXXVIII, Fig. 12.

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Hermann, 1 Flemming^ and others on the formation of the small but perfect spindle at a distance of the nucleus, bear the same interpretation, viz., the co7iversion of the uiaterial of the centrosome into the fibres of the spindle. On the other hand, it may be incidentally observed here, that the formation of the perfect spindle in the substance of the cellbody, at some distance from the nucleus, shows pretty strongly against the view that the contents of the nucleus has anything to do with the formation of the spindle filaments.

The view that places the microsome in the same category with the centrosome throws a further light on the obscure points connected with the formation of the " cell-plate " (Fig. 5, Eq. M.) and the " Zwischenkorper " (Fig. 6, Zh.).

The " cell-plate " which is formed in the equatorial plane of the spindle of a certain cell, is composed of a series of knob-like enlargements of the filaments. This knob-like enlargement of the filament stains deeply and shows exactly the same microchemical reaction as with the microsome and the centrosome. This series of knob-like thickenings have been called by Guignard the " jnierosofnes chivmatiques" on account of their affinity to staining reagents.

I hold that these thickenings are identical with the cytomicrosomes, and are produced by the spindle filaments /;/ situ. They may be called the eq2iatorial microsomes (Fig. 5, Eq. M.). Morphologically considered, the spindle filament stretching from pole to pole of the caryokinetic figure is nothing but an extremely elongated cytoplasmic filament with but one microsome in the middle, with two huge microsomes at the extremities. In this respect the spindle filament is directly comparable with any portion of the filament of the aster, in which the microsomes are consecutively arranged, at regular intervals. There is this difference between them, however, that while in the filament of the aster the distance between the two consecutive microsomes is extremely short, in the filament

1 F. Hermann: Beitrag zur Lehre von der Entstchnng der Karyokinetischen Spindel. Archiv f. mikrosk. Anatomie, Bd. XXXVII, 1S91.

2 W. Flemming: N'etic Bcitrdge zur Keti7itniss der Zelle. II. Arch. f. mikrosk. Anatomie, Bd. XXXVII, 1891.

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of the spindle it is quite long, extending from the pole to the equator of the spindle.

If the spindle fibres do not run nearly parallel with one another, as in Fig. 5, S, but converge to a focus' in the middle plane of the caryokinetic figure, then these equatorial microsomes will fuse into one solid body and give rise to a " Zwischenkorper " (Fig. 6, Zk.). In other words, the " Zwischenkorper " is an intercellular centrosome, produced at the equatorial plane of the spindle in precisely the same way as the ordinary centrosome.

The present view further suggests a new explanation concerning the nature of the centrosomes in the barrel-shaped

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Fig. 7. The division of the secondary embryosac-nucleus of Mojitropa Hypopitys, X., Knob-like thickenings of the filaments composing the barrelshaped spindle. These thickenings are the '■^ polar microsomes" of the text. After Strasburger, Zellbildimg tind Zelltheihmg; i88c, Taf. V. Fig. 134.

spindle, as in the Ascaris (maturation-spindle), Spirogyra, Monotropa (Fig. 7) and several others. In these forms the caryokinetic spindle appears truncated at both ends. Instead of the spindle fibres converging to a point as they usually do, they terminate abruptly at a certain distance from the equatorial plane. The usual astral centre is wanting. If our view of the centrosome be correct, we should not find it in such a form of the spindle, but each filavicnt or a group of fezu filaments ought to have a inici'osonie — a small, indcpentlent " centrosome, ' ' as it zuere — at the extremities of the filafuetit or of

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the group of the filaments. I have no personal observation on this subject, nor am I aware that such a view has ever been suggested. But the figure I have copied from Strasburger (Fig. 7) seems to favor such a view. The knob-like enlargement of the filament at its extremities (Fig. 7, X.), I consider to be microsomes. Such a group of microsomes may be called the polar microsomes, in distinction from the equatorial microsomes (Fig. 5, Eq. M.), which are found at the equatorial plane of the spindle.

If we suppose that these free ends of the spindle filaments (Fig. 7) be brought together to a point, the thickened enlargements of each fibre will fuse with one another and form a veritable centrosome, at each end of the spindle.

The relation of the solitary centrosome at the end of the ordinary spindle to the independent microsomes at the free ends of the individual filaments of the truncated spindle, is precisely the relation existing between the " Zwischenkorper " and the equatorial microsome or "cell-plate." In the one the material of the microsome is concentrated into one solid body, and in the other it is distributed into several independent pieces.

In way of summary, we may say (i) that the cejitrosome is not a unique organ of the cell, but is identical with the microsome which exist everywhere in the cytoplasm. This view further explains (2) the nature of the "cell-plate," which may also be called the equatorial microsomes. (3) When such microsomes at the equatorial plane of the spindle fuse into one solid body, it is known as the ^^ ZzviscJienkorper!' (4) The knob-like thickenings at the free-end of the spindle fibre as in Fig. 7, X, are probably the microsomes. The barrel-shaped spindle possesses, according to this view, several independent microsomes, instead of one centrosome, at each pole of the caryokinetic figure.

If these views be further substantiated by a future research, the centrosome, far from being a unique structure, is one of the most familiar constituents of the cell. The microsome, centrosome, " Zivischenkorper,'" '^ cell-plate and \)ciQ. polar microsomes all belong to the same category of cytoplasmic material.


They are different from one another only in so far as their sizes are different, but the size, as has been already stated, is foreign to the question of their homologies.

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The present condition of this question, so far as the Golgi method has influenced it, may be epitomized as follows :

1. The hair-bearing or acoustic cells of the ear are not nerve cells ; but they represent a secondary and higher differentiation of the nerve end apparatus.

2. All fibres of the auditory nerve are apparently outgrowths of the bipolar ganglion cells, one process reaching to the periphery, the other into the central nervous system. The peripheral processes sometimes terminate in small knobs below or among the hair cells ; but more frequently they end in numerous fine branches which pass up among the cells and often reach quite to the surface of the epithelium.

3. All the cells of the several auditory ganglia are simple bipolar ganglion cells and are considered to retain a more primitive condition than the ganglion cells of the spinal ganglia.

4. The acoustic cells are not homologous with olfactive cells since although hair-bearing they are not continuous with the nerve fibres and are only secondarily brought into relation (not more than a mere contact) to the free ends of the auditory


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nerve to serve in the place of the primitively superficial cells (ancestral hair cells) which have become the bipolar cells of the auditory ganglia.

5. The system of spiral nerves is composed of fibres within the cochlea which run at right angles to the radial fibres and may or may not be all derived from the radial fibres. Very probably not, as all previous investigators who have accepted the spiral system, have maintained.

These are the conclusions of Retzius and Van Gehuchten the only investigators who have published results of the application of the Golgi method to the whole ear. The nerve ends of the maculae and cristae have been studied by another investigator, O. Kaiser, who has described the nerve-end as having the form of a calyx, like an egg cup, into which the hair-cell fits.

In using the Golgi method on the mammalian ear, I have found that success was obtained only when two conditions were observed. The tissue must be free from calcareous matter either in solution or in deposit and it must be placed in the osmium-bichromate mixture alive. Successful stains do not always reward this care, but of other precautions I have no very definite knowledge. These remarks apply to the ear of the sheep, ox and pig in adult condition, and to the ox and pig in embryonic stages, and in this case mainly to the pig. The best results were obtained from embryos of 8-14 cm. length as the creatures lie on a scale. The ears were carefully removed from the head, cleaned of superfluous tissue and put at once into a solution of Os. O^. i per cent 100 cc. -\- K.2 Cr.y O.y 500 cc. As from 100 to 200 ears were prepared at a time, the work of preparation was shortened as follows. The heads were removed from the embryos to the desired number, then all were sagitally bisected and the brain removed and a third operation shelled out the internal ears which in embryos of this size are still entirely cartilaginous. From 50 to 100 ears were placed in a low but large mouthed bottle of circa 200 cc. capacity, and first well washed off with osmium-bichromate solution once used, which was replaced after a little gentle shaking by a bottle full of the fresh


solution. In this the ears remained for 24 hours without change unless the liquid grew turbid. As a rule one change is required. Having tried various times, from 16-56 hours, I find that if the ear stains at all, it will do so after a bichromate bath of 24 hours, and as a rule anything less gives an incomplete stain. More variation in the stain is produced by varying the time of the silver bath, but a good and uniformly satisfactory period was found to be 24 hours. Successive transfers, from the silver bath back to bichromate, were not productive of any completer stain than had resulted from the 24 hours of immersion in the bichromate and silver baths respectively. Two strengths of silver bath were used, 0.50 per cent and 0.75 per cent. If there was any difference it was in favor of the stronger solution. The silver bath was changed as often as it became turbid from suspended crystals, and ears were washed in used silver bath before being put in the full strength solution.

The penetration of the solutions is aided materially by increase in temperature, and a warm oven may be used with advantage, though it is not necessary.

It may be well to repeat that where calcareous matter was present in the ears they uniformly failed to stain, and I consider the bone tissue of the adult ear the main source of trouble in attempts to stain the adult cochlea by the Golgi method. It acts as a sure preventive as the method is now applied. The following paper is descriptive of Golgi preparations, and the conclusions possess only the weight which belongs to this important method. But it must be borne in mind that while this silver stain reveals details of structure in complicated arrangements with a distinctness unsurpassed, it at the same time conceals some of the relations of the very things so clearly set forth.

A. The Hair cells of Corti's Organ or the Mammalian Cochlear


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ure, but rather as a modification of elements present in all the sense organs. Golgi preparations show many degrees of staining of the cell elements of the organ. In those stained the least, only nerve fibres are visible and these, few in number, are found in the cochlear axis and in the lamina. The supporting cells of the organ are next in order to take the stain, after which come the ganglion cells of the cochlear ganglion, and finally the hair-cells themselves. When the stain is abundantly deposited all detail is lost or rendered valueless, but where the happy mean is observed, hundreds of isolated cells are stained, and many of them show the nerve endings clearly defined. The hair-cells in such preparations show a subglobular or a pyriform body, on the top of which the hairs are only occasionally stained {PI. I, Figs. 5 and 7). From the centre of the base of each hair-cell issues a nerve fibre which, in a favorable case, admits of being traced through a ganglion cell of the cochlear ganglion into the collection of fibres which pass on to the brain (PL I, Fig. 2). These fibres are by no means simple straight threads, but show many varicosities in their course from the hair-cells to the brain, the largest of which are near the hair cells of the organ of Corti, but within the territory of the Sauropsid organ (PL I, Figs. 2, 4, 5 and 7 ; PL II, Figs. 8-1 1, 15 and 17 ; PL III, Figs. 25 and 27). These varicosities vary greatly in size. The most numerous are slight enlargements in the course of the nerve thread, and are more frequently oval than spherical, but they may appear angular as the stain brings them to view. This kind of varicosity occurs in all parts of all the nerves of the ear. Another sort of enlargement consists of medium sized spherical swellings of the fibres or of their branches, and are especially numerous in the organ of Corti upon the short branchings of the nerve. They more especially belong to the "connective" fibres or hair-cell commissures which run along below each row of hair-cells for unknown distances, and enlarge below each cell into subglobular beads into which as a rule the fibres from the hair-cells penetrate. The largest varicosities are scarcely inferior to the ganglion cells in size but unlike most of the latter, several or many processes radiate from the


body of the enlargement. These bodies occur with considerable regularity, so that in surface preparations of the organ of Corti and, better still, in horizontal sections of the same, a row of the inner hair-cells is accompanied by a row of these large varicosities. I am undecided what their true nature is. One is not able with this method to determine their cellular nature, and I have no observations on this point by means of other methods which it is desirable to publish now.

A point of importance I shall mention here, though it does not belong strictly to the nerve endings. As I have already stated, the hairs on the acoustic cells of the cochlea seldom show in well stained preparations, though they frequently do in those incompletely stained. This is due to the shortness of the ends left on the cell caps, and the enclosure of these short ends by the silver deposit. In the case of the maculae and cristae the hairs do not as a rule break off, and when they do they leave a relatively large and long conical hair remnant which is not covered by the silver precipitate to such an extent as to hide the nature of the process. The hairs of the maculae and cristae are very well defined bv this method, and appear about twice as long as by the ordinary methods of staining with balsam mount. The relation of these hairs to the otoliths I shall describe in another communication.^

Returning to the hair cells, we find that the nerve processes which leave them are not always simple, but often branching threads as the Golgi stain shows them. The branches anasto 1 In Fig. 24, PL III, I have sketched the stained hairs of a portion of the organ of Corti in a 20 cm. pig embryo. First of all one will notice that the hairs are not arranged in the form of a horseshoe upon the top of the cell, but they cover a more or less regular and approximately circular area. Between the row of dots marked i (inner hair-cells) and the row marked 2 is found the crest of the Cortian arches. The following rows are quite complete throughout all parts of the cochlea until we arrive at the fifth row which occurs for short distances only along the middle spiral turn and the distal and proximal parts of the basal and apical turns respectively. Golgi's method brings out the presence of these hairs with a clearness of definition shown by no other method. It may be noted in passing that the caps of the supporting cells are not in the region of the fifth r