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Image number: RS.14101
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Body of an earthworm

Date

12/01/1989

Creator

Alfred Gibbs Bourne (1859-1940, British), Zoologist

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

height (paper): 255mm
width (paper): 201mm

Subject

Biology
   > Zoology

Content object

nature
   > animal

Description

Study of an earthworm Lumbricina, with a pink mouth and blue line running down main body representing the gut. Segments are clearly defined. Specimen found in Conoor, Tamil Nadu, India.

Inscribed in pencil: '51 Conoor 12-1-89'.

From the papers of Alfred Gibbs Bourne, which record his studies into the anatomy and development of the species of earthworm he encountered while in South India.

Alfred Gibbs Bourne British zoologist was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1895. He began his career as assistant to Ray Lankester, and was later appointed chair of Biology at the Presidency College, Madras.

Object history

Bourne published two paper on earthworms in the Proceedings of the Royal Society: 'Contributions to the anatomy of the hirudinea' and 'On the occurrence of a hydroid phase of Limnocodium Sowerbii, Allman and Lankester'.

Related Fellows

Edwin Ray Lankester (1847-1929, British)