Excerpt from Asteroidea of the North Pacific and Adjacent Waters, Vol. 1 The region covered by the present report embraces the western coast of North America from the thirty-second parallel of latitude to Point Barrow on the Arctic Ocean, all of Bering Sea, the coast of Asia from East Cape to Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands. It thus includes all the waters rth of a line drawn from the southern end of Sakhalin to the southern boundary of the United States. Information concerning the fauna of the Sea of Okhotsk is very meager; and within the region outlined thing is kwn concerning the starfishes of the great depths of the mid North Pacific. In the preparation of this report six thousand nine hundred and twenty-seven specimens have been listed, and many more examined. These specimens belong to the following collections: 1. The very extensive collection of the U. S. National Museum, the bulk of which was obtained by the U. S. Fisheries steamer Albatross between 1888 and 1897, inclusive. The dredge hauls at which Asteroidea were taken number about two hundred, and the specimens listed number four thousand three hundred and eighty. Many specimens were taken by Dr. W. H. Dall and others in Alaska. 2. A collection made by the Albatross in Alaska in 1903, and forwarded to me for report by the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. 3. A large collection made by the Albatross off California, principally in the regions off San Diego and Monterey, during the spring of 1904, and sent to me by the U. S. Bureau of Fisheries. 4. A collection made by the Albatross during the summer of 1906, in the region of the Aleutian Islands, Kamchatka, and the Kuril Islands. 5. A small collection, principally from off San Pedro, California, and belonging to the University of California, kindly lent by Prof. W. E. Ritter. 6. The small collection of the Department of Zoology, Stanford University, principally from Alaska, and Monterey, California. 7. The Museum of Comparative Zoology, through Dr. H. L. Clark, has lent several specimens for examination. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.