soft rays

soft rays

x-rays of relatively long wavelength and slight penetrability.
References in classic literature ?
Soon, however, the entire town was wrapped in slumber; a feeble light still glimmered in Madame's apartment, which looked out upon the square, and the soft rays from the expiring lamp seemed to be the image of the calm sleep of a young girl, hardly yet sensible of life's anxieties, and in whom the flame of existence sinks placidly as sleep steals over the body.
Description: Dorsal rays XI,9; anal rays III,9; first dorsal and anal soft rays unbranched, all others branched, last to base; pectoral rays 15, upper two unbranched; pelvic rays I,5; principal caudal rays 13; median 11 unbranched; upper and lower procurrent caudal rays 6, posteriormost segmented; lateral line interrupted; dorso-anterior series of pored scales 17+5, scales above lateral line to base of dorsal fin 2; scales below lateral line to base of anal fin 6; median predorsal scales 5; median prepelvic scales 6; circumpeduncular scales 16; horizontal scale rows on cheek 2; gill rakers14 (14-15); branchiostegal rays 5; vertebrae 9 + 16.
Description: Dorsal rays VIII + 8, all soft rays unbranched; anal rays 7 (one paratype with 6), unbranched except last ray branched at base; pectoral rays 21; pelvic rays I,5; branched caudal rays 7 (one paratype with 6); principal caudal rays 9 (one paratype with 8); upper and lower procurrent caudal rays 3-4.
In the diagnosis presented in the original description of Meganthias, Randall & Heemstra (2006) wrote that their new genus had the characters of Odontanthias except for a number of morphological differences, the most important of which would seem to be anal soft rays 8 or 9 and the presence of accessory scales ("dense on head and nape," Randall & Heemstra 2006: 27) in Meganthias vs.
Dorsal rays VI-I,9; anal rays II,8; all dorsal and anal soft rays branched, last to base; pectoral rays 15, 1-2 lowermost and two uppermost unbranched; pelvic rays I,5, all rays branched; principal caudal rays 17, uppermost and lowermost rays unbranched; lateral-line scales 44 (43-45, usually 44), plus 2-3 pored scales posterior to hypural plate; scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 4; scales below lateral line to origin of anal fin 12; median predorsal scales 12; circumpeduncular scales 21 (21-22); developed gill rakers 1 + 6, usually 2-3 very low, barely detectable rudiments at beginning of upper limb and 3-4 similar rudiments at end of lower limb of adults; branchiostegal rays 7.
Description: Dorsal rays XIII,14 (XIII,13-14); anal rays II,14 (II, 13-15); all dorsal and anal soft rays branched, the last to base; pectoral rays 17 (17-18), lower ray and uppermost pair unbranched; pelvic rays I,5; principal caudal rays 15, median 13 branched; upper and lower procurrent caudal rays 5, posterior pair segmented; scales in longitudinal series 28 (27-28); tubed lateral-line scales 18 (17-19); posterior midlateral scales with pore or deep pit (in continuous series) 7 (7-8); scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 3; scales above lateral line to base of middle dorsal spine 1.
Description: Dorsal rays IX, 20 (18-19, see Table II); anal rays II,12 (II,13); all dorsal and anal soft rays branched except first, last dorsal and anal rays branched to base; pectoral rays 18 (17-18, see Table II); upper and lowermost pairs unbranched; pelvic rays I,5; branched caudal rays 15; scales in longitudinal series 63/64 (51-63); tubed lateral line scales 48/42 (33-46); scales below lateral line to origin of anal fin 21 (20-21); scales above lateral line to middle of dorsal fin base 5; gill rakers on first branchial arch 6 + 12 (5-6 + 11-12).
5 in SL; caudal fin emarginate, the third and thirteenth branched rays prolonged as filaments; color in life purple anteriorly to a curving demarcation from base of third to fourth dorsal soft rays to origin of anal fin, abruptly bright yellow posteriorly; fin rays colored the same as adjacent parts of body, more heavily pigmented on the rays than membranes.
Description: Dorsal-fin rays VI + I,11; anal rays I,7; all dorsal and anal soft rays branched, the last to base; pectoral-fin rays 13 (13-14, modally 13), branched, except uppermost; pelvic-fin rays I,5, joined medially, the frenum well-developed; segmented caudal rays 15 (rarely 16); branched caudal rays 13; upper and lower procurrent caudal rays 6; no scales on head or body; gill rakers 1 + 4 (count of largest paratype); vertebrae 26.
Description: Dorsal rays XIII,12 (one paratype with XIII,11); anal rays II,12 (one paratype with II,11); all dorsal and anal soft rays branched (except first dorsal ray unbranched in one paratype), the last dorsal and anal rays branched to base; pectoral rays 19 (18-20), the upper and lowermost pair unbranched; pelvic rays I,5; principal caudal rays 15, the upper and lowermost unbranched; spiniform caudal rays 3, followed by 2 accessory segmented rays; scales in longitudinal series 28; tubed lateral-line scales 19/18 (17-19); posterior midlateral scales with a pore or deep pit (in continuous series) 8 (6-8); scales above lateral line to origin of dorsal fin 2.
As I lay on a poolside bed, I could hear birds chirping and feel the soft rays of the morning sun streaming in through the bamboo strips on top.
Colour in life of males: body yellow shading yellow white on abdomen; 5 irregular red orange bands; dorsal fin yellow, spinous portion, dusky spots on outer part, black on the first membrane, a central lavender band becoming black toward soft rays, soft portion with a black central band abruptly translucent posteriorly, anal fin yellow, soft portion with a broad lavender black central band becoming narrower on the spinous part.