Monday, September 22, 2008


Nebalia bipes (m) detail a

Nebalia bipes (phyllocarida) detail

Nebalia bipes (m) detail

Limnadia lenticularis detail

Limnetis brachyura b detail

Polyartemia forcipata detail

Polyartemia forcipata a detail

Polyartemia forcipata detail 1

Branchinecta paludosa a detail

Branchinecta paludosa a detail 1

Branchinecta paludosa b detail

Lepidurus glacialis (plate)

Branchinecta paludosa (plate)

Lepidurus glacialis a

Limnetis brachyura

Limnadia lenticularis b

There can never to be too many aliens.

'Fauna Norvegiae' [1896] is online at the Universities of Strasbourg Digital Old Books site (click 'See digitalized document' then the folder icon top left for thumbnail pages. Illustrations are at the back of the book.)

The book's author and illustrator was Georg Ossian Sars, a zoologist and taxonomist from Norway. The book references phyllocarida and phyllopoda as subtitles, which are these days within the taxonomic Classes of Malacostraca and Branchiopoda, from the Subphylum Crustacea.

One of these days I'll get around to adding a 'micro' tag to the delicious links.


peacay said...

Performance arse or art? You decide.

Tess Kincaid said...

Gorgeous illustrations. Un-dah da sea...un-dah de sea...

Karla said...

There can never to be too many aliens.

The first few look an awful lot like fleas to me. And then some of the others like deformed trilobites. The rest of 'em definitely look lik alien beings.

peacay said...

Water fleas by common name I believe. Whether tardigrade, bacteria or micro-crab, the normally unseen embiggened are just as alien as any 4-headed pink and green striped martian.

Karla said...

Will we be getting some 4-headed Martians in a soon-to-be-released installment? I'd like to see some of the polka-dotted species as well as the striped.

On the topic of the 4-headed, what about T. Kittelsen's 4-headed troll? But I suppose it's already shown up here in all its gruesome splendor.

Karla said...

yep, 4-headed troll was done a couple of years ago, as I suspected...

The Social Reformer said...

wow those are some of the best drawings ive seen in my life

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