Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Great Echinoderm art from the Biodiversity Heritage Library!

Image from page 459 of "Brehms Tierleben. Allgemeine kunde des Tierreichs" (1911)

So, while we are waiting for the next leg of the Okeanos Explorer to begin this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to share some newly uploaded illustrations scanned from classic monographs by the Biodiversity Heritage Library and the Internet Archive Book Images Flickr site.

Here are a couple of lovely color plates of echinoderms from the Great Barrier Reef from H.L. Clark's monograph on the Echinoderms of Torres Strait. 

Some Astropecten..
Plate 1

And some coloriffic ophiuroids! 
And here's some great Deep-sea Echinoderm Pics! 

A bouquet of Isocrinid stalked crinoids! 
Image from page 25 of "The royal natural history" (1893)

and the living ones..

Probably one of the COOLEST things I found was this deep-sea illustration from the Brockhaus Konversations-Lexikon, 1892. Some kind of natural history/science encyclopedia.

It included many, MANY deep-sea animals we see today from Okeanos (and other) video. below I've presented images of these plates along with some images of comparable living species.
Image from page 963 of "Brockhaus' Konversations-Lexikon" (1892)
Note #12 above? That's the deep-sea sea cucumber Oneirophanta mutabilis.. Here's a pic from a recent Okeanos trip for comparison

Image from page 962 of "Brockhaus' Konversations-Lexikon" (1892)

Note #17 above? Thats supposed to be Hymenaster rex, a North Atlantic slime star. Here's an ACTUAL picture of one that is doesn't QUITE meet with the artist's concept...

Here's the giant deep-sea sea spider Colossendeis in comparison with #20 above. 
Sea spider


Pentapod said...

How about the Styracaster though? Are they normally seen above the substrate during ROV observations?

ChrisM said...

I've seen porcellanasterids above the sediment, but its hard to say how regular that is among individuals. If they are buried, then ROVs might not be observing all of them.. so it depends.