It is a colourless, highly refracting liquid, boiling at 78°; it fumes on exposure to moist air.
The more highly organized species have often very numerous eyes (Amphiporus, Drepanophorus), which are provided with a spherical refracting anterior portion, with a cellular " vitreous body," with a layer of delicate radially arranged rods, with an outer sheath of dark pigment, and with a separate nerve-twig each, springing from a common or double pair of branches which leave the brain as n.
Besides these more highly differentiated organs of vision, more primitive eyes are present in others down to simple stellate pigment specks without any refracting apparatus.
Great refracting telescope, presented by the emperor Alexander I.
Such an instrument consists of a triangular prism set with its refracting edge vertical on a rigid platform attached to a massive stand.