Clypeaster Pusillus

Thomas Vernon Wollaston published this drawing in his book ‘Insecta Maderensia’ in 1854. In the book he thanks Westwood for providing the illustrations, ‘Particularly, however, would I draw attention to the valuable help which I have received from J. O. Westwood, Esq., whose pencil has been so elaborately employed in the figures which I am thus enabled to attach, and by whom many of the minutest of the dissections were accomplished, — with a degree of delicacy, moreover, to which I did not myself at the commencement of this Work (though I have since succeeded in anatomizing the larger portion of them, likewise) lay claim.’

364. Clypeaster pusillus. (Tab. X. fig. 4.). Wollaston wrote the following about this species:

‘It is not uncommon in Madeira, though apparently more abundant towards the northern than the southern coast,—occurring in grassy spots, beneath trees, during the spring and summer mouths. In June and July of 1850 I took it in profusion in the chestnut-woods of Santa Anna and Sao Vincente, especially the former ; as also under similar circumstances, though more sparingly, at the Lombo dos Pecegueiros [...] The Madeiran specimens are more deeply punctured than their representatives from higher latitudes,—with which in all other respects however they exactly coincide’

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watercolour on paper
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Clypeaster Pusillus
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Victorian (1837-1901)
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John Obadiah
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