Caption: Board of Trustees Minutes - 1896
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a completed manuscript, accompanied by thirty folded sheets setting forth in tabular form the distribution of the various species at each substation and also throughout the Station field for the different months of the year. This report was finished last September and will be printed without delay. Dr. Kofoid has lately filed a report, which is about to go to press, on methods and apparatus in use in plankton work at the Station, accompanied by seven illustrative plates. He has in hand six other papers, which will doubtless be ready for publication before the end of the current fiscal year. These will include reports on the local distribution of the plankton in the Illinois River and its adjacent waters, on the sources of error in the plankton method, on the plankton of the river during the years 1894, 1895, and 1896, on the plankton of Phelps Lake,—a body of water of the ephemeral type,—an article on TrochospJueiw, and one on Cotylaspisinsigne—a remarkable para.-site of the river clams. Professor Smith has under way a general report on our oligochsete collections, to consist of about fifty pages of text, with several plates. This report will contain a synoptic key and illustrated descriptions of species for use in identifying forms occurring in the State. Mr. Hart, Station Entomologist, and Mr. J. G. Needham are working conjointly upon a report on the dragon-flies of the Station waters and their vicinity, and a list of the mollusks with biographical and oecological notes is in course of preparation by Mr. Hart. Two senior students of the zoological department of the University, Mr. E. B. Forbes and Mr. F. W. Schacht, are engaged in thesis investigations, under the personal supervision of the Director of the Station, which will result in the preparation and publication of papers on entomostracan groups, one the Cyelopidse, the other the Centropagidse, of North America, including of course the Station collections. I have myself undertaken to prepare, and have nearly finished, a comprehensive article on the Crustacea of the Biological Station field, with analytical synopses of all the groups and illustrative figures for the use of the student of our aquatic fauna. A paper on the planarian worms found at Havana is now reported as practically ready for the press in the hands of Dr. W.-M. Woodworth, of Harvard University. Articles in course of preparation by visiting investigators are " T h e Mycetozoa collected near Havana, Illinois, during the summer of 1896," by H. C. Beardslee, of University School, Cleveland, Ohio, and ''Statistical Record of the Trematoda Parasitic in the Unionidae," by Professor H. M. Kelly, of Cornell College, Iowa. The excellent work done by the Station Artist, Miss Lydia M. Hart, in illustration of nearly all the papers of the foregoing list, is deserving of particular mention. One hundred and three drawings have been made by her of new or otherwise interesting animal forms, besides several drawings of pieces of apparatus and other features of the equipment.