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"Discovering the Intricate Beauty of Algae: From Ernst Haeckel's Art to 19th-Century Cyanotypes and SEM Images" Immerse yourself in the captivating world of algae

Background imageAlga Collection: Art of Diatom algae (from Ernst Haeckel)

Art of Diatom algae (from Ernst Haeckel)
Diatoms. Computer-enhanced engraving of assorted species of diatom. Diatoms are a group of single- celled algae. The two main morphological types of diatom are represented here

Background imageAlga Collection: 19th-century alga cyanotype

19th-century alga cyanotype. Cyanotype of the algae Chylocladia kaliformis, as produced by British botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871). Chylocladia is a seaweed found in European seas and oceans

Background imageAlga Collection: Pressed seaweed specimens C016 / 6127

Pressed seaweed specimens C016 / 6127
Pressed seaweed specimens collected by women living in Jersey during the 1850s and 1860s

Background imageAlga Collection: 19th-century alga cyanotype

19th-century alga cyanotype. Cyanotype of the algae Cystoseira fibrosa, as produced by British botanist Anna Atkins (1799-1871)

Background imageAlga Collection: Dictyota dichotoma

Dictyota dichotoma
Cyanotype photograph by Anna Atkins, one of the first natural history photographers. From British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions, 1853. Date: 1853

Background imageAlga Collection: Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM

Calcareous phytoplankton, SEM
Calcareous phytoplankton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the external mineralised structures (coccospheres) of small marine algal organisms called coccolithophores

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom, SEM

Diatom, SEM
Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the Arachnoidiscus sp. diatom. The diatoms are a group of photosynthetic, single- celled algae containing about 10, 000 species

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom, SEM

Diatom, SEM
Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Stephanopyxis sp. diatom. Diatoms are single-celled photosynthetic algae, of which there are about 100, 000 species

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom, SEM

Diatom, SEM
Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Triceratium morlandii diatom. Diatoms are single-celled photosynthetic algae, of which there are about 100, 000 species

Background imageAlga Collection: Discosphaera tubifera, coccolithophore

Discosphaera tubifera, coccolithophore
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) showing the unicellular planktonic algae Discosphaera tubifera from the North Atlantic surrounded by a sphere of calcite plates - coccoliths

Background imageAlga Collection: Fucus bulbosus, kelp

Fucus bulbosus, kelp
Plate 161 from Fuci, or coloured figures and descriptions of the Plants referred by botanists to the genus Fucus (1808-1819), Volume III, by Mary Dawson Turner

Background imageAlga Collection: Pond life

Pond life, macrophotograph. At centre is a water flea (Daphnia sp.). A copepod (Cyclops sp.) carrying eggs is at bottom centre. Part of a colony of Volvox sp. algae is at bottom right

Background imageAlga Collection: Microcystis blue-green alga

Microcystis blue-green alga
Blue-green algae. Coloured transmission electron micrograph of a single cell of the blue-green algae Microcystis aeruginosa (also known as Anacystis cyanea)

Background imageAlga Collection: Calcareous phytoplankton fossil, SEM Z100 / 0213

Calcareous phytoplankton fossil, SEM Z100 / 0213
Calcareous phytoplankton fossil. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a fossil of the skeleton (coccosphere) of a coccolithotrope, a small marine algal organism

Background imageAlga Collection: Fucus radiatus, kelp

Fucus radiatus, kelp

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom alga, SEM

Diatom alga, SEM
Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the surface of the mineralised cell wall (frustule) of an unidentified diatom. This is a planktonic unicellular alga

Background imageAlga Collection: Cup lichen (Cladonia floerkeana)

Cup lichen (Cladonia floerkeana)
Lichen fruiting bodies (red). This lichen species is Cladonia floerkeana, found on heaths and moorlands. Lichens are formed from a symbiotic association between a fungus and an alga

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom frustule, SEM

Diatom frustule, SEM
Diatom frustule. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the frustule of a Pinnularia sp. diatom. The diatoms are a group of photosynthetic, single-celled algae containing about 10

Background imageAlga Collection: Dried seaweed, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile

Dried seaweed, Puerto Montt, Los Lagos Region, Chile

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatoms, SEM

Diatoms, SEM
Diatoms. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of diatoms (Campylodiscus sp.). These microscopic, single-celled algae possess rigid and finely-sculpted cell walls known as frustules

Background imageAlga Collection: SEM of diatoms and blue-green algae

SEM of diatoms and blue-green algae
Diatoms & blue-green algae. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of groups of Navicula sp. diatoms (brown). Also seen in the image are strands of blue-green algae (blue)

Background imageAlga Collection: Macrocystis pyrifera, giant kelp

Macrocystis pyrifera, giant kelp
Giant kelp, also known as kelp forest, seaweed and sea grass. Specimen annotated as Macrocystis pirifera from South Africa, held at the Natural History Museum, London

Background imageAlga Collection: Acanthoica acanthifera, coccosphere

Acanthoica acanthifera, coccosphere
Scanning electron microscope (SEM) image of a coccosphere, collected in the North Atlantic (x 25, 000 on negative). Artificially coloured by computer

Background imageAlga Collection: Coelosphaeridium, calcareous alga

Coelosphaeridium, calcareous alga

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatoms

Diatoms
Selected slide of a group of fossil diatoms collected from Bori, Hungary in September 1895 and viewed under the light microscipe using differential interfereance contrast

Background imageAlga Collection: Fossilised diatoms, SEM

Fossilised diatoms, SEM

Background imageAlga Collection: Dinoflagellate plankton, SEM

Dinoflagellate plankton, SEM
Dinoflagellate plankton. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the calcareous (calcium-based) test (shell) of a dinoflagellate Calciodinellum sp

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom cell wall, SEM

Diatom cell wall, SEM
Diatom cell wall. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the pattern of small holes, called striae, in the cell wall of a diatom alga. This is a Coscinodiscus sp. diatom

Background imageAlga Collection: Lichen (Teloschistes chrysophthalmus)

Lichen (Teloschistes chrysophthalmus) growing on a blackthorn (Prunus spinosa). Lichens are symbiotic organisms formed of a fungus and an alga that mutually benefit one another

Background imageAlga Collection: Emiliana huxleyi, coccolith

Emiliana huxleyi, coccolith
Scanning electron microscope image of a complete sphere of coccoliths from modern oceans. These are thin calcite shells protecting the coccolithophore within

Background imageAlga Collection: Algae

Algae

Background imageAlga Collection: Cyanobacteria, SEM

Cyanobacteria, SEM
Cyanobacteria. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of cyanobacteria (formally known as blue-green algae, blue). Several spores (pink) are also seen

Background imageAlga Collection: Diatom alga, SEM

Diatom alga, SEM
Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a Biddulphia sp. diatom. This is a marine planktonic unicellular alga. It has a mineralised cell wall (frustule) divided into two halves

Background imageAlga Collection: Sea snail - murex head of becassine - Haustellum haustellum 1

Sea snail - murex head of becassine - Haustellum haustellum 1, black and white cone - cone hebraique - Conus ebraeus 2
FLO4646068 Sea snail - murex head of becassine - Haustellum haustellum 1, black and white cone - cone hebraique - Conus ebraeus 2, Episcopal miter -mitre episcopale - Mitra mitra mitra 3, dog conch

Background imageAlga Collection: Pink coralline (Corallina officinalis), seaweed. Signed illustration N (Frederick nodder)

Pink coralline (Corallina officinalis), seaweed. Signed illustration N (Frederick nodder)
FLO4680407 Pink coralline (Corallina officinalis), seaweed. Signed illustration N (Frederick nodder). Lithography in The Naturalist's Miscellany, 1793

Background imageAlga Collection: Bifurcaria bifurcata (tuberculated fucus, Fucus tuberculatus) (bifurcaire)

Bifurcaria bifurcata (tuberculated fucus, Fucus tuberculatus) (bifurcaire)
FLO4698752 Bifurcaria bifurcata (tuberculated fucus, Fucus tuberculatus) (bifurcaire) Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smith's English Botany

Background imageAlga Collection: Bearded yellow byssus, Byssus barbatus (byssus or marine silk)

Bearded yellow byssus, Byssus barbatus (byssus or marine silk) Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by
FLO4698454 Bearded yellow byssus, Byssus barbatus (byssus or marine silk) Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smith's English Botany

Background imageAlga Collection: Precious coral - red coral - Corallium rubrum 1, fused ivory tree coral, Oculina varicosa 2

Precious coral - red coral - Corallium rubrum 1, fused ivory tree coral, Oculina varicosa 2, bamboo coral
FLO4646439 Precious coral - red coral - Corallium rubrum 1, fused ivory tree coral, Oculina varicosa 2, bamboo coral, Isis hippuris 3, and bryozoan - flustre - Flustra foliacea 4

Background imageAlga Collection: Channelled fucus, Pelvetia canaliculata (Fucus canaliculatus)

Channelled fucus, Pelvetia canaliculata (Fucus canaliculatus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by
FLO4699501 Channelled fucus, Pelvetia canaliculata (Fucus canaliculatus). Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smith's English Botany

Background imageAlga Collection: Dictyota dichotoma (Green dichotomous wash, Ulva dichotoma), sea lettuce

Dictyota dichotoma (Green dichotomous wash, Ulva dichotoma), sea lettuce. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a
FLO4699175 Dictyota dichotoma (Green dichotomous wash, Ulva dichotoma), sea lettuce. Handcoloured copperplate engraving after a drawing by James Sowerby for James Smith's English Botany

Background imageAlga Collection: Fossils of various marine species - Chromolithography of Geology

Fossils of various marine species - Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle (1827-1887)
FLO4694044 Fossils of various marine species - Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle (1827-1887)

Background imageAlga Collection: France, Brittany, Morbihan (56), Belle Ile en Mer (Belle-Ile-en-Mer)

France, Brittany, Morbihan (56), Belle Ile en Mer (Belle-Ile-en-Mer): collecting goemon on on a beach, 1890
LUX4805972 France, Brittany, Morbihan (56), Belle Ile en Mer (Belle-Ile-en-Mer): collecting goemon on on a beach, 1890; (add.info.: France, Brittany, Morbihan (56)

Background imageAlga Collection: Various plant fossils, algae, insects and protozoa - Chromolithography of Geology

Various plant fossils, algae, insects and protozoa - Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle
FLO4694247 Various plant fossils, algae, insects and protozoa - Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle (1827-1887)

Background imageAlga Collection: Various fossils: diatomees, algae, coniferes, sea urchin, mollusk

Various fossils: diatomees, algae, coniferes, sea urchin, mollusk and ammonitor- Chromolithography of Geology
FLO4694212 Various fossils: diatomees, algae, coniferes, sea urchin, mollusk and ammonitor- Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle (1827-1887)

Background imageAlga Collection: Fossils of various marine species faded - Chromolithography of Geology

Fossils of various marine species faded - Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle (1827-1887)
FLO4694142 Fossils of various marine species faded - Chromolithography of Geology and Paleontology by Friedrich Rolle (1827-1887)

Background imageAlga Collection: Fucus vesiculosus, and sea moss, Alsidium helminthochorton. Copied from William Clark's

Fucus vesiculosus, and sea moss, Alsidium helminthochorton. Copied from William Clark's illustration in Churchill
FLO4599018 Fucus vesiculosus, and sea moss, Alsidium helminthochorton. Copied from William Clark's illustration in Churchill

Background imageAlga Collection: Bacteria - iron and manganese oxidizers and their complementary reducers, in the

Bacteria - iron and manganese oxidizers and their complementary reducers, in the mud of an empty fish pond, Upper Lusatia Heath and Pond Landscape, Upper Lusatia UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, Germany

Background imageAlga Collection: Sargassum fish (Histrio histrio) near the surface on floating Sargassum seaweed, Raja Ampat

Sargassum fish (Histrio histrio) near the surface on floating Sargassum seaweed, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia, Pacific Ocean



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"Discovering the Intricate Beauty of Algae: From Ernst Haeckel's Art to 19th-Century Cyanotypes and SEM Images" Immerse yourself in the captivating world of algae, as we delve into its mesmerizing artistry and scientific wonders. Ernst Haeckel, a renowned biologist and artist, showcases the delicate intricacy of diatom algae through his stunning illustrations. These masterpieces reveal the symmetrical beauty hidden within these microscopic organisms. Step back in time with pressed seaweed specimens C016 / 6127 from centuries ago. Preserved meticulously, they offer a glimpse into the diverse forms and colors that algae can take on. The cyanotype technique used during the 19th century captures their essence in ethereal blue hues, adding an enchanting touch to their already fascinating nature. Calcareous phytoplankton observed under scanning electron microscopy (SEM) unravels another layer of algal marvels. Discosphaera tubifera, a coccolithophore species adorned with intricate calcium carbonate plates, showcases nature's architectural genius at work. Dictyota dichotoma emerges as a striking example of brown algae thriving along coastlines worldwide. Its branching structure creates an artistic spectacle underwater while providing essential habitats for marine life. Diatoms continue to amaze us with their geometric patterns when viewed under SEM imaging techniques. Their microscopic beauty is unveiled through meticulous detailing that reveals their remarkable diversity and ecological significance. Venturing further into aquatic realms, Fucus bulbosus or kelp stands tall as one of nature's giants beneath ocean waves. This majestic alga plays a crucial role in coastal ecosystems by offering shelter to numerous marine organisms. Pond life surprises us with its vibrant assortment of microorganisms where diatoms once again steal the show under SEM imaging techniques. Their intricate designs resemble miniature works of art floating amidst water bodies' tranquility.