Haeckel - Challenger Medusae
Haeckel was invited to analyse the samples and prepare the report for four
groups of organisms collected during the HMS Challenger Expedition.
His report on the Medusae is in Volume 4 of the report (Report of the Scientific Results of the Voyage Of
H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76).
His report contains 32 images of medusae, some fully coloured some
Copies of the Report are
available in a limited number of libraries (Southampton University, Marine
Biological Association and the British Library in the UK,
The Marine Biological Laboratory and Dartmouth College in the US are the
ones I am aware of – if you know of others please let me know).
As the full set runs to 32 volumes and as the publication is now nearly
140 years old, its limited distribution is not surprising.
Digital images are available at two sites – the links are given below.
The images on our Web Site has been down loaded from
and then converted from JP2 to JPEG format using Contenta
An alternative set of
images are available in JPEG format at the
, but there are gradations in the background - a persistent
problem of scanning from bound works.