Summary

Watercolour and pencil illustration (D466) of a Giant Gippsland Earthworm, Megascolides australis, from Brandy Creek, Gippsland, by Arthur Bartholomew, 3 October 1873. This work was finally published as Plate 7 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy. The species, which has declined in its distributional range, is protected in Victoria, and was the first invertebrate species to be listed as Vulnerable under Commonwealth legislation.

This work forms part of the much larger Prodromus Collection. Many of the original illustrations in this collection informed the production of the two volume work 'The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria', the first major publication of the National Museum of Victoria.

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Giant Gippsland Earthworm, Megascolides australis, by Arthur Bartholomew. Drawing, pencil, watercolour and ink on paper, 3rd Oct 1873, 17cm x 26cm. Drawing for Plate 7 in The Prodromus of the Zoology of Victoria by Frederick McCoy.

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