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Zahn Drawings of Xenopus laevis Development

 

Zahn drawings: image sets of Xenopus laevis development

Staging based on Normal Table of Xenopus laevis A systematic and chronological survey of the development from the fertilized egg till the end of metamorphosis: Edited by PD Nieuwkoop and J Faber (1994).

Illustrations by Natalya Zahn.

These drawings closely match the aesthetic of the familiar NF stage series.

Importantly, the illustrations are Open Access, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial use, distribution and reproduction in any medium provided that the original work is properly attributed.

What this means to you:

• Free use of any/all of the Zahn drawings for non-commercial purposes, such as lecture slides, handouts, lab notebooks, lab worksheets, posters, power-point slides.
• Free use of up to 6 of the Zahn drawings per published article. The same image can be re-used multiple times in figures and diagrams, but you are limited to 6 unique images per article.

Want to use more than 7 images?

• Contact illustrator Natalya Zahn [natalya@natalya.com] for permission to use 7 or more illustrations (Fees may apply).

To use the Zahn drawings in your published work, do these 3 things:

1) Write this in captions of any figures: Xenopus illustrations © Natalya Zahn (2022).

2) Cite Xenbase as the source of the illustrations: Xenbase (www.xenbase.org RRID:SCR_003280), and

3) Cite this article: Zahn et al., Normal Table of Xenopus development: a new graphical resource. Development (2022) 149 (14): dev200356. https://doi.org/10.1242/dev.200356.
Click to go to article at Development.

Want to use the Zahn drawings in a commercial publication, like a text book or science magazine?

• Request permission from the Illustrator Natalya Zahn [natalya@natalya.com] to use any illustration in a commercial publication (Fees apply).

 

Click here to view and download the accompanying Xenopus staging poster.

 

Grouped stage image sets:

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* Please note that the grouped image sets are a composite of individual images. They are not to be reproduced for commercial purposes without permission from the copyright holder.

 

Cleavage stage X. laevis embryos

Blastula/gastrula stage X. laevis embryos

Neurula stage X. laevis embryos


Late tailbud stage: NF stages 41 to 46: X. laevis embryo gut coiling stages
Premetamorphosis stage: NF stages 48 to 54 X. laevis embryo limb development stages
 
 
 

 

Individual NF stage images:

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X. laevis NF stage 1: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 1: vegetal view
 
X. laevis NF stage 2: vegetal view
 
X. laevis NF stage 3: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 3: vegetal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 4: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 4: vegetal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 5: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 5: vegetal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 6: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 6: vegetal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 6.5: animal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 6.5: vegetal view line drawing
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 7: animal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 7: vegetal view line drawing
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 8: animal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 8: dorsal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 8: vegetal view
X. laevis NF stage 8: vegetal view line drawing
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 9: vegetal view
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 10: vegetal view
X. laevis NF stage 11: vegetal view
X. laevis NF stage 11.5: posterior-vegetal view
X. laevis NF stage 12: posterior-vegetal view
X. laevis NF stage 12.5: posterior-vegetal view
X. laevis NF stage 12.5: posterior-vegetal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 13: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 13: dorsal view line drawing
 
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 15: anterior view
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 16: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 16: dorsal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 17: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 17: lateral view
 
X. laevis NF stage 18: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 18: dorsal view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 19: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 19: dorsal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 19: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 21: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 21: dorsal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 21: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 22: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 22: lateral view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 23: lateral view
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 24: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 24: lateral view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 25: lateral view
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 26: lateral view
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 28: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 28: ventral view
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 39: ventral view line drawing
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 40: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 40: lateral view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 40: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 40: ventral view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 41: ventral view line drawing
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 42: ventral view line drawing
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 43: dorsal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 43: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 43: lateral view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 43: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 43: ventral view line drawing
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 44: ventral view line drawing
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 45: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 45: lateral view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 45: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 45: ventral view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 46: ventral view line drawing
 
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 48: dorsal view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 48: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 48: lateral view line drawing
 
X. laevis NF stage 48: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 48: ventral view line drawing
 
 
X. laevis NF stage 50: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 50: lateral view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 50: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 50: ventral view line drawing
X. laevis NF stage 52: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 52: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 52: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 54: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 54: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 54: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 56: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 56: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 56: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 57: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 57: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 57: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 59: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 59: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 59: ventral view
X. laevis NF stage 63: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 63: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 66: anterior view
X. laevis NF stage 66: lateral view
X. laevis NF stage 66: ventral view
 
 
 
 

 

Previously published Zahn drawings:

XenHead images:

The Zahn drawings: new illustrations of Xenopus embryo and tadpole stages for studies of craniofacial development

Zahn, Levin, and Adams. Development. 2017 Aug 1;144(15):2708-2713. doi: 10.1242/dev.151308.

 

Anterior views:
 
 
 
Captioned detailed drawing
Detailed drawing
Flat drawing
Figure caption
NF stage 22. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 23. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 24. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up. NF stage 24-25 for detailed drawing and flat drawing.
NF stage 25. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 26. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 27. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 28. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 29-30. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 32. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 33-34. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 37-38. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 40. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 43. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 45. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 48. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.
NF stage 50. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, anterior view, dorsal up.

 

Dorsal views:
 
 
 
Captioned detailed drawing
Detailed drawing
Flat drawing
Figure caption
NF stage 23. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 29-30. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 33-34. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 37-38. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 40. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 43. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 45. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 48. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.
NF stage 50. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, dorsal view, anterior left.

 

Lateral and ventral views:
 
 
 
Captioned detailed drawing
Detailed drawing
Flat drawing
Figure caption
NF stage 21-22. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, ventral view, anterior left. NF stage 22 for detailed drawing and flat drawing, ventral view, anterior up.

 

NF stage 23. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, lateral view, anterior left. NF stage 23. Ventral view, anterior left. NF stage 23 detailed drawing and flat drawing, ventral view, anterior up.
NF stage 25-26. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, ventral view, anterior left. NF stage 25-26. detailed drawing and flat drawing, ventral view, anterior up.
NF stage 27. Xenopus laevis embryo, drawn from brightfield microscopy, ventral view, anterior left. NF stage 27. Detailed drawing and flat drawing, ventral view, anterior up.

 

 

 

 

Last Updated: 2019-09-01