2. Mr. G. M. Thomson, F.L.S., then read a paper on “Recent Researches on Anaspides.”
He said the species referred to (Anaspides tasmaniœ) was found by the author in pools on the top of Mount Wellington, near Hobart, in 1892, and had since been collected by Mr. Leonard Rodway in the Hartz Mountains, Huon district, and at Lake Field, about forty miles from Hobart. All the localities were at an elevation of about 4,000 ft. Originally described and figured by the author in the “Transactions of the Linnean Society of London,” it had since been the subject of a second memoir by W. T. Calman, of Dundee. This remarkable shrimp combined in itself the characters of several groups of Crustacea, and threw light upon certain Palæozoic forms which palæontologists had hitherto been unable to refer satisfactorily to any family. It was believed to represent a survival from a very ancient group of Crustacea, presenting generalised characters, and of very wide distribution, its fossil allies having been found in the coal measures of North America and of Central Europe.
On the motion of the Vice-president, a hearty vote of thanks was accorded Mr. Thomson for his interesting remarks.