The zoology of Captain Beechey's voyage; comp. from the collections and notes made by Captain Beechey, the officers and naturalist of the expedition, during a voyage to the Pacific and Behring's Straits performed in His Majesty's ship Blosso [book]

Frederick William Beechey, Edward Belcher, Edward Turner Bennett, William Buckland, Alexander Collie, John Edward Gray, George Tradescant Lay, Richard Owen, John Richardson, George Brettingham Sowerby, Nicholas Aylward Vigors
1839 unpublished
INTRODUCTORY REMARKS. of specimens presented by him to the Museum at Haslar Hospital. The specimens of the Mammalia brought home are, as might be expected, fewer than those of the other classes of animals. Captain Cook mentions, that during one month's stay in Nootka Sound, the only quadrupeds seen by his crews were two or three racoons, martins, and squirrels, though he obtained the skins of many other species from the natives ; and Kotzebue, who passed a whole season at the Russian American
more » ... Russian American Company's settlement of Sitcka, in Norfolk Sound, obtained specimens only of the black bear, a fox, a stag, the beaver, two species of bat, and a seal. The skins placed in my hands for examination by Captain Beechey belong to the arctic fox, common fox, lynx, land otter, sea otter, musk rat, Parry's marmot, Beechey's marmot. Collie's squirrel, the polar hare, and a bat-all except the last one obtained on the west coast of North America. As our knowledge of the Zoology of that coast, from California northwards, has been derived from expeditions of discovery, and the details are scattered through a number of works, it appears to us that the most useful plan we can adopt is, to give a general list of the Mammalia known to belong to its Fauna, with detailed accounts of the newspecies.
doi:10.5962/bhl.title.39296 fatcat:i3x7tdh54zbpfcy7kksrgjkvue