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Image number: RS.10883
Credit: © The Royal Society

Stinging structures of sea-anemones

Date

1857

Creator

Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888, British), Illustrator

Object type

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Material

Dimensions

height (painting): 246mm
width (painting): 197mm

Subject

Description

Microscope studies of the stinging structures or cnidocytes found in sea-anemones.

Plate 1 figures 1-10, including details from specimens identified by the author as Corynactis viridis, Sagartia bellis and Cyathina smithii.

Unpublished illustrations from the manuscript version of the paper “Researches on the poison apparatus of the Actiniadae” by Philip Henry Gosse, in Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, vol.9 (1857-1859), pp.125-128.

Signed lower left: ‘P.H.Gosse ad nat. del.’. Inscribed in pencil above and below: ‘Gosse. Poison Actiniadae’.

Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) was a populariser of marine biology and an aquarium inventor. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1856.

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