D’Arcy Thomson Zoology Museum, University of Dundee Museum Services


Synonyms: Goniopsis cruentatus


Notes: Envelope of 9 diatom slides, of which 7 come from the Challenger expedition. Part of the Diatom Collection of George Dickie (1812-1882), the first Professor of Natural History at Queens College, Belfast (1849-60), then Professor of Botany in his native Aberdeen (1860-77).

The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum cares for 27 specimens from the HMS Challenger (1872-76) voyage. 

HMS Challenger and the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

The HMS Challenger specimens were donated by two men:

  • George Dickie – a Scottish scientist who worked on the marine algae from the voyage
  • D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson – founder of the museum 

D’Arcy Thompson was the first Chair of Biology at the University College Dundee in 1885. He was a well respected teacher, author and active scientist. He was particularly interested in the shape of marine invertebrates, the way they grew and the mathematics behind it. His book, ‘On Growth and Form’, is well known. In it he includes an analysis of Haeckel’s drawings of radiolaria in the HMS Challenger report.
Thompson founded the University’s Zoology museum and is responsible for the accumulation of many of the specimens it holds.

About the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum

The University of Dundee has over 30,000 historic artefacts, artworks and specimens acquired during the 134 years of the institution’s existence. These are cared for by Museum Services. The D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum part of this service.

Wider collections

The University’s museum collections cover a rich variety of subjects, from early teaching equipment to natural history specimens to fine and applied art. The collections can be explored online.


About D’Arcy Thompson

Using the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum’s data

Permission has been given to use specimen information and photos in accordance with the HMS Challenger Project IPR Statement.


Please email the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology museum with enquiries about their collection.

A selection of the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum’s Challenger specimens