The Asteria, or Star-Fish, p.350.

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   ALSO a middle-being between vegetation and animality, is often found adhering to rocks on the sea shores. They have a slow and progressive motion, and, like the Polypus, if cut into several pieces, have the property of forming again new limbs, and thereby becoming a whole individual. The common species is furnished with five rays, and is of a yellow or red colour. They are commonly found on the beach among cast-off weeds after a tempestuous sea. 

   The whole is a compound of naked insects, in the form of a radiated star; the mouth, which is common to all the rest of the family, is in the center on the under part, and the tentacula extremely numerous. The great magellanic star-fish forms a circle of several feet in diameter. 

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