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Image number: RS.12633
Credit: ©The Royal Society





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 views of 12 different species of rotifer.

Figures 1-2 Cephalodella caeca (here styled Furculária caeca)
Figures 3-4 Digléna forcipáta Ehrenberg
Figure 5 Trichocerca stylata (here styled Mastigocérca styláta)
Figures 6-7 Monocerca bicornis Ehreberg (here styled Mastigocérca bicórnis)
Figures 8-9 Trichocerca rattus (here styled Mastigocérca ráttus)
Figures 10-11 Trichocerca porcellus (here styled Coelópus porcéllus)
Figures 12-15 Trichocerca cimolia (here styled Ráttulus cimólius)
Figure 16 Trichocerca brachyura (here styled Coelópus brachyúrus)
Figures17-19 Trichocerca tigris (here styled Ráttulus tígris)
Figure 20 Trichocerca macera (here styled Mastigocérca mácera)
Figure 21 Trichocerca rattus f. carinata (here styled Mastigocérca carináta)
Figures 22-24 Digléna biráphis Gosse
Figure 25 Digléna forcipáta Ehrenberg

Inscribed ‘P.H.G all’ bottom left and species listed on facing page ‘1. Furculária cáeca dorsal view 2. side view 3. Digléna forcipáta side view 4. dorsal view 5. Mastigocérca styláta side view 6. Mastigocérca bicórnis dorsal view 7. side view 8. Mastigocérca ráttus dorsal view 9. side view 10 Coelópus porcéllus side view 11. side view (contracted) 12. Ráttulus cimólius dorsal view 13. side view 14. mastax 15. mastax 16. Coelápus brachyúrus side view 17. Ráttulus tígris side view 18. foot & toes 19. mastax 20. Mastigocérca mácera side view 21. Mastigocérca carináta side view 22.Digléna biráphis dorsal view 23. side view 24. jaws 2. Digléna forcipáta (see 3, above), jaws.’

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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