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Image number: RS.12619
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Floscularia rotifers




Charles Thomas Hudson (1828-1903, British), Naturalist

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height (drawing): 354mm
width (drawing): 254mm
height (card support): 412mm
width (card support): 303mm


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Microscopic views of three different species of rotifer.

Figure 1 Floscularia ringens (here styled Melicérta ringens)
Figure 2 Floscularia conifera (here styled Melicérta conifera)
Figure 3 Melicérta tubicolaria Hudson & Gosse

Inscribed ‘pl V’ top right, ‘C.T. Hudson del: ad nat:’ bottom left and on facing page ‘1. Melicérta ringens, central view, 1a. side view, 1b. retracted, 1c. do: head enlarged, 1d. young female, 1e. cluster, 1f.mastax. 2. Melicérta conífera, central view, 2a. dorsal view, 2b. side view, 2c. ciliated cup & chin sc:, 2d. mastax, oesophagus sc: 2e. muscles in neck. 3. Melicérta tubicolária central view, 3a. side view, 3b. young female, 3c. male. 4. Diagram of a Melicerta.'

Illustration from The original drawings of the Rotifer by Charles Thomas Hudson, 1886. A collaborative work with Philip Henry Gosse which was published in two volumes The Rotifera or Wheel-Animalcules (London 1886).

Philip Henry Gosse (1810-1888) was a British naturalist he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1856.

Charles Thomas Hudson (1828-1903) was a British naturalist, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society 1889.

Object history

Presented by Miss Florence Hudson, 1921.

The donation is recorded in the Royal Society’s Council Minutes: ‘The Secretaries reported the receipt of a bound volume of original drawings of the Rotifera, by C.T. Hudson, F.R.S., bequeathed to the Society by the late Miss Florence Hudson.’ Royal Society Minutes of Council, Printed, v.12 1920-1926, minute 17, meeting 28 April 1921, p.43.

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