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Halichondria sanguinea: sponge

This chalk drawing by PH Gosse was probably used as a teaching aid. It depicts a species of sponge, Halichondria sanguinea....

Marine Worms (Aphrodite and Phyllodoce)

This chalk drawing by PH Gosse depicts two carnivorous marine worms found on our shores. The upper illustration is of the “sea mouse” (Aphrodita aculeata), a broad bodied, somewhat slug...

Pecten opercularis - Scallop

Enlarged drawing of a common British scallop (Aequipecten opercularis), with the valves of the shell partly open showing the eyes which shine like precious stones when they catch the light...

Plumose anemone

Enlarged drawing of the plumose anemone (Actinobola dianthus) as it appears when under water. This is one of the most beautiful of British sea anemones, and usually occurs attached to...

Halichondria suberea: sponge

This chalk drawing by PH Gosse shows a section of the sponge Halichondria suberea (now known as Suberites suberia). This species was first described by George Montagu whose shell collection...

Untitled: crustacea

This chalk drawing by PH Gosse was probably used as a teaching aid. The top drawing of a prawn closely resembles a line drawing in his book ‘Life’ on page...

Periwinkle: Topshell

This drawing by PH Gosse was probably used as a teaching slide. The upper drawings show a much enlarged sketch of a sea snail’s mouth parts, scientifically known as a...

Balanus: barnacle

This chalk drawing of a barnacle shows the organism as it would be underwater while feeding - its hand-like cirri are used to pluck tiny particles of food out of...