An engraving from Gosse's 'Actinologia Britannica' (1860) showing Stomphia churchiae (found by Anne Church using a 'turbot dredge' in Loch Long) bottom left. Anne Church has been fictionalised as a character in Ann Lingard's novel 'Seaside Pleasures'
PH Gosse is famous for his books on marine biology. 'Actinologia Britannica A History of the British Sea-Anemones and Corals' contains many beautiful plates drawn by Gosse. We believe these chalk drawings were used as teaching aids. This one is comprised of 5 anemone illustrations and one stalked jellyfish (bottom right).
rhamphotheca: An illustration of various Pulmonata (and one predator arthropod in the lower right), an informal group of snails and slugs characterized by the ability to breathe air, by virtue of having a pallial lung instead of a gill, or gills. Pulmonata was previously a formal taxon but lost its status as one in 2010. The group includes many land and freshwater families, and several marine families. Most species have a shell, but no operculum, although the group does also include several…
From P H Gosse's 'Actinologia Britannica', 1860; Gosse stripped off and plunged into a pool at Ilfracombe to collect the 'scarlet and gold madrepore, Balanophyllia' ( a cup coral), on the right of the picture.His friend Rev Charles Kingsley found the species later at Lundy. (More in Ann Lingard's novel, Seaside Pleasures.)