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Anthozoan Collection (#3)

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Pattalophyllia sp. coral

Pattalophyllia sp. coral
This species of gill-like coral dates from the Middle Eocene, Harteuille, France c. 41-49 million years old

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Thecosmilia trichotoma, colonial coral

Thecosmilia trichotoma, colonial coral
Colonial coral originating from the Jurassic rocks of Nattheim, Germany, c. 170 million years ago. Paul Morh collection

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Umbellula thomsoni, deep-ocean sea pen

Umbellula thomsoni, deep-ocean sea pen
Umbellula thomsoni, named in honour of the Challenger Expeditionss scientific leader, Charles Wyville Thomson. The Voyage of H.M.S. Challenger (1872-1876) was funded by the British Government

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Gougonia flabellum, pink sea fan

Gougonia flabellum, pink sea fan
Coral skeleton of a pink sea fan from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Fenestrellina plebeia, net bryozoan

Fenestrellina plebeia, net bryozoan
A net bryozoan (colonial organisms) from the Carboniferous of North of Wales. In this specimen, the colony measures 6 cms across

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Silurian Wenlock sea

Silurian Wenlock sea
An artists impression of the Wenlock (430.4 - 424 million years ago) sea with trilobites, corals, and crinoids

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Marine coral

Marine coral

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Chelmon marginalis, margined coralfish

Chelmon marginalis, margined coralfish. Holotype BMNH 1843.6.15.48, from Coral Bay, Port Essington (dried specimen)

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Photograph of reef flat with lighthouse in the background

Photograph of reef flat with lighthouse in the background. Plate XXXIII

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Aerially exposed corals

Aerially exposed corals. Plate XIX taken from the museum archives

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Corals on cement blocks GBR Expedition 1928-1929

Corals on cement blocks GBR Expedition 1928-1929

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Coral collection

Coral collection
Part of a coral collection given to HM Queen Elizabeth II on behalf of the people of Queensland, Australia

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Carboniferous limestone sea

Carboniferous limestone sea
Bridget Kempsters impression of a shallow coral Carboniferous (354 to 290 million years ago) limestone sea, depicting fish and an abundance of crinoids and coral

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Halysites escharoides, tabulate coral

Halysites escharoides, tabulate coral
In this Silurian tabulate coral from Ohio Falls, USA, large numbers of tiny oval corallites are linked together to form chains

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Corals

Corals
Specimens of rough and polished coral from the collections of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Arachnophyllum, coral

Arachnophyllum, coral
Image depicts an Arachnophyllum, a Silurian coral. Corals comprise a soft bodied animal called a polyp. Each polyp inhabits a calcareous skeleton called a corallum

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Silurian mud-flows

Silurian mud-flows
An impression of Silurian (443 to 417 million years ago) mud-flows, coral reefs and volcanoes, by Michael Copus

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Coeloria labyrinthifor, fossil brain coral

Coeloria labyrinthifor, fossil brain coral
In this polished section of a Miocene brain coral, from Antigua, long meandering corallites with thin septa form a dense meshwork. The specimen measures 8 cm across

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Halysites a coral

Halysites a coral
Halysites, a Silurian coral also known as a chain coral. Corals comprise a soft bodied animal called a polyp. Each polyp inhabits a calcareous skeleton called a corallum

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Stylina alveolata, reef coral

Stylina alveolata, reef coral
A reef building coral originating from Jurassic limestones in Europe, eastwards into Asia Minor, and also in the U.S.A

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Cyathophyllum sp. rugose coral

Cyathophyllum sp. rugose coral
Shown here is a section through a well preserved Devonian solitary, rugose coral from Devon, England. The maximum diameter is 6 cm

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Specimens from the Cocos-Keeling Atol

Specimens from the Cocos-Keeling Atol
Coral specimens collected by Charles Darwin (1809-1882) during the Voyage of the Beagle in the Indian Ocean

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Erythrina corallodendron, coral bean tree

Erythrina corallodendron, coral bean tree
Plate 189 from the Fleming Indian Drawings Collection, 1800. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Erythrina corallodendron, coral tree

Erythrina corallodendron, coral tree
Illustration from Plantarum Horti Medici Amstelodamensis (1706) by Caspar Commelin. Type Specimens of plants named by Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778)

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Erythrina indica, Indian coral tree

Erythrina indica, Indian coral tree
Illlustration from the Fleming Indian Drawings Collection, 1800. Held in the Botany Library at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Streptelasma, coral

Streptelasma, coral
A horn coral, the solitary rugosan Streptelasma from the Ordovician of the USA, measuring almost 4 cm in length

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Photograph of corals from the Yonge collection

Photograph of corals from the Yonge collection
Photograph from the collection of Sir Charles Maurice Yonge (1899-1986) relating to the Great Barrier Reef Expedition (1927-1929), in the Archive of the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Halysites, chain coral

Halysites, chain coral
Part of a colony of the tabulate chain coral Halysites from the Silurian of Gotland, Sweden. The visible width of this specimen is 7 cm

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Septastraea forbesi, coral

Septastraea forbesi, coral
This Pliocene coral from Maryland, USA is 10 cm long and is a fragment of a much larger colony

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Erythrina folkersii, coral tree

Erythrina folkersii, coral tree
Photograph of Erythrina folkersii

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Acropora, Worn coral

Acropora, Worn coral
This specimen was collected by Charles Darwin in 1836 from Keeling Atoll, Indian Ocean

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Imitation Coral

Imitation Coral
A piece of imitation coral. In its true state coral is made up of colonies of small organisms called polyps

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Notes made by Darwin

Notes made by Darwin
On a collection of coral specimens he collected during a study of reefs in 1836 at the Cocos Islands (formerly the Keeling Islands) in the Indian Ocean

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Ancient Wrasse - Frontispiece from the Aquarium

Ancient Wrasse - Frontispiece from the Aquarium
Frontispiece from The Aquarium: an unveiling of the wonders of the deep sea by Philip Henry Gosse (1854). Annotated The Ancient Wrasse

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Calliactis parasitica, parasitic anemone, Pagurus bernhardus

Calliactis parasitica, parasitic anemone, Pagurus bernhardus
Plate 4 from The Aquarium: an unveiling of the wonders of the deep sea by Philip Henry Gosse (1854)

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Lithostrotion, coral

Lithostrotion, coral
Shown here is a Carboniferous coral. Corals comprise a soft bodied animal called a polyp. Each polyp inhabits a calcareous skeleton called a corallum

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Lonsdaleia, coral

Lonsdaleia, coral
Shown here is the Carboniferous coral, Lonsdaleia. Corals comprise a soft bodied animal called a polyp. Each polyp inhabits a calcareous skeleton called a corallum

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Rough and polished coral specimens

Rough and polished coral specimens
Rough and polished pink and white coral specimens held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAnthozoan Collection: Silurian seascape

Silurian seascape



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