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Image number: RS.12623
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Philodína rotifers




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


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

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height (card support): 412mm
width (card support): 303mm


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Microscopic view of five different species of rotifer.

Figure 1 Philodína roseola Ehrenberg (here styled Philodína roseola)
Figure 2 Philodína citrína Ehrenberg (here styled Philodína citrína)
Figure 3 Dissotrocha aculeate Ehrenberg (here styled Philodína aculeate)
Figure 4 Philodína megalótrocha Ehrenberg (here styled Philodína megalótrocha)
Figure 5 Oecistes serpentínus Gosse (here styled Oecistes serpentínus)

Figures individually inscribed ‘P.H.G’ and on facing page ‘1a Philodína roseola dorsal view, contracted, 1b. side view, 1c. dorsal view, expanded, 1d. contracted into a ball, 1e. horizontal muscles. 2. Philodína citrína dorsal view. 3a. Philodína aculeata contracted, dorsal view, 3b. side view, expanded, 3c. side view, contracted, 3d. proboscis, 3e. showing position of spines. 4. Philodína megalótrocha dorsal view, expanded, 4a. side view, contracted, 4b. dorsal view, contracted, 5. Oecistes serpentínus side view, 5a. side view of head, disc [furled?] showing hooks.

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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