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Euplectella aspergillum glass sponge

Euplectella aspergillum glass sponge

C024/8304

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Euplectella aspergillum glass sponge. Also known as Venus' flower basket, these deep-sea animals have soft tissues in a tube made of silica. This is the original specimen (the holotype) of Euplectella aspergillum, described by Richard Owen in 1841. The specimen was obtained by conchologist Hugh Cuming during his voyage to the Philippine Islands between 1836 and 1840. It is part of the collections held at the Natural History Museum, London, UK. For the illustration published in 1841, see C024/8305.

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