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If you encounter this sea anemone in its natural habitat, it may be hard to see the greenish-gray color as clear as you can in the Blaschkas’ model and drawing. The color of this anemone is often masked because it has a habit of collecting and sticking pieces of gravel and sand between its tentacles. 


Blaschka Nr. 116

Ulactis muscosa (1885) 


Blaschka Nr. 116 

Ulactis muscosa (1885) 

CMGL 122297 


All models and drawings in the Fragile Legacy exhibition were crafted by Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, in Dresden, Germany. Cornell purchased 570 Blaschka models in 1885; this model is on loan from Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. This drawing (made between 1863 and 1890) is held in the Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka Collection at the CMoG Rakow Research Library.