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  • NHMUK Mollusca Types Data Portal
    A customised link to the approximately 10,000 Mollusca types currently recorded in the NHMUK databases. The Data Portal allows users to explore and download the Natural History Museum's research and collections data. Please be aware that the type data is incomplete; only approximately a third of the types have been entered and many lots have not been verified. Please contact the relevant curator for further information.

  • 2,400 Years of Malacology
    Coan & Kabat's indispensable guide, first published in 2004 and regularly updated (currently [2018] in the 15th edition). A comprehensive catalogue of biographical and bibliographical publications for thousands of malacologists, conchologists, paleontologists and others with an interest in molluscs, from Aristotle to the present.

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
    Free access to many older malacological books and articles. The Biodiversity Heritage Library improves research methodology by collaboratively making biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

  • British Shell Collectors' Club
    The club was founded in 1972 and held its first exhibition in 1976. It aims to promote interest in all aspects of conchology and shell collecting and to stimulate an exchange of information and specimens.

  • Conchological Society of Great Britain & Ireland
    Founded in 1876, the Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland is one of the oldest existing societies devoted to the study of molluscs. It is a Registered Charity which anyone, anywhere may join. The Society’s objective is to promote the study of Mollusca in its widest aspects for the benefit of the public.

  • Malacological Society of London
    The Malacological Society of London is dedicated to the advancement of research and education on molluscs. It is an international organization based in London, UK, and welcomes as members all who are interested in the scientific study of molluscs.

  • Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles
    A site providing taxonomic information on every bivalve species found, and likely to be found, in British waters to a depth of 5000m. Originally released in 2010 the site has recently been rejuvenated (May 2016) with new features added.

  • MolluscaBase
    MolluscaBase is a taxonomically oriented database which aims to provide an authoritative, permanently updated account of all molluscan species. The data are synchronised with those in WoRMS but include non-marine and fossil molluscs.

  • Natural Sciences Collections Association
    A UK-based membership organisation and charity that represents natural science collections and the people that work with them.

  • S. P. Dance Guide to Collections
    Excel spreadsheet of Appendix IV from in Dance’s A History of Shell Collecting (1986)

  • S. P. Dance handwriting book
    A scanned version of a scrapbook of shell collection labels and shell-related bookplates (“ex libris”) compiled by S. P. Dance at AC-NMW circa 1969-1973 (book accession NMW.Z.1980.007). This may be useful to those investigating older collections in the UK and elsewhere.

  • UNITAS Malacologica
    Unitas Malacologica is the society for worldwide malacologists and malacology. Their aim is to further the study of Mollusca by individuals, societies and institutions worldwide.

  • WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species
    The World Register of Marine Species aims to provide the most authoritative list of names of all marine species globally. The data on marine molluscs are synchronised with those in MolluscaBase.