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Image number: RS.12624
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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 seven different species of rotifer.

Figure 1 Habrotrocha bidens (here styled Callidína bídens)
Figure 2 Rótifer vilgáris
Figure 3 Rotaria macrura (here styled Rótifer macrúrus)
Figure 4 Rotaria macroceros (here styled Rótifer megáceros)
Figure 5 Rótifer tárdus Ehrenberg (here styled Rótifer tárdus)
Figure 6 Callidína bihamáta Gosse (here styled Callidína bihamáta)
Figure 7 Rotaria neptunia Ehrenberg (here styled Actinúrus neptúnius)

Inscribed ‘P.H.G. all’ bottom left and on facing page ‘1a. Callidína bídens, dorsal view, contracted, 1b. dorsal view, expanded, 1c. dorsal view, contracted. 2. Rótifer vilgáris dorsal view, expanded, 2a. dorsal view, contracted. 3. Rótifer macrúrus dorsal view, corona expanded, 3a. dorsal view, corona contracted, 3b. foot. 4. Rótifer megáceros dorsal view, 4a. side view, 4b. dorsal antenna. 5. Rótifer tárdus dorsal view, corona expanded, 5a. dorsal view, corona contracted, 5b. side view. 6. Callidína bihamáta dorsal view, 6a. side view, 6b. head, dorsal view, 6c. head, side view. 7. Actinúrus neptúnius side view.’

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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