Siphon of Pholas: piddock

This drawing is by PH Gosse depicts the anatomical structure of a piddock’s siphon. Also known as angelwings, piddocks are a type of bivalve mollusc that bores into soft rocks. Only the mollusc’s siphon will be exposed and it is this that is used to take in water to allow the animal to filter-feed. Gosse found this animal on submerged sandstone rocks near Tor Abbey and he used this illustration on the second plate of his book ‘A Naturalists Rambles on the Devonshire Coast’.

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Fine Art
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ink wash watercolour and pencil on paper
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Siphon of Pholas: piddock
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Siphon of Pholas
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United Kingdom: England
Production Person Initials
Philip Henry
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Siphon of Pholas: piddock