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 shaped creature measuring 3 or 4 inches in length. Its body is covered with a dense hairy felt, iridescent bristles and large overlapping scales. One of the bristles in its sheath is shown more highly magnified on the left. The long green worm is a roving predatory organism called Phyllodoce. The drawing on the left shows its mouthparts more highly magnified.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
809/1997/50
Category
Fine Art
Collection Class
Drawings
Medium
coloured chalks on paper painted black
Common Name
Marine Worms (Aphrodite and Phyllodoce)
Simple Name
drawing
Inscription Transcription
Enlarged drawing of two carnivourous Marine Worms found on our shores. The upper figure represents the “sea mouse” (aphrodite), a broad bodied, somewhat slug shaped creature measuring 3 or 4 inches in length. It is ornamented with iridescent bristles, and the back is furnished with a double row of large overlapping scales, concealed by a close felt of hairs. One of the bristles in its sheath is shown more highly magnified on the left. The long green worm is a roving predatory form called Phyllodoce. There are flattened and leaf like projections on either side of the body segments. During the day these animals lie quietly in their hiding places but come forth at twilight to swim about in search of prey. The drawing on the left shows the mouth of thos worm more highly magnified.; mouth of Phyllodoce
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Town

Production County
Devon
Production Country
United Kingdom: England
Production Person Initials
Philip Henry
Production Person Surname
Gosse
Production Year Low
1850
Production Year High
1880

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Marine Worms (Aphrodite and Phyllodoce)