Welcome to the On-line Database of The Field Museum's Collection of Mollusks

Before you begin your search, please read the following description of what is available in this database and what information you will see displayed.

We have completed retrospective data entry for our holdings of pulmonate terrestrial gastropods, the Leslie Hubricht Collection, the marine gastropod family Conidae (including the Alan J. Kohn Collection), the cephalopods and the hot-vent invertebrates. All other taxa in the database have been added as parts of various ongoing data capture projects and therefore should not be considered complete representations of our holdings.

There are currently 158,385 records available on-line of a total of 169,069 records databased. Some records are not yet available on-line because they are part of ongoing research projects or publications.

Currently, you have access to the following:

Terrestrial gastropod families:
  • Acavidae
  • Achatinellidae
  • Achatinidae
  • Amastridae
  • Ammonitellidae
  • Athoracophoridae
  • Bradybaenidae
  • Buliminidae
  • Camaenidae
  • Caryodidae
  • Cerastidae
  • Ceriidae
  • Charopidae
  • Chondrinidae
  • Clausiliidae
  • Cochlicopidae
  • Corillidae
  • Discidae
  • Dorcasiidae
  • Endodontidae
  • Ferussaciidae
  • Haplotrematidae
  • Helicarionidae
  • Helicidae
  • Helicodiscidae
  • Helminthoglyptidae
  • Limacidae
  • Macrocyclidae
  • Megaspiridae
  • Oleacinidae
  • Onchidiidae
  • Orculidae
  • Oreohelicidae
  • Parmacellidae
  • Partulidae
  • Philomycidae
  • Pleurodiscidae
  • Polygyridae
  • Punctidae
  • Pupillidae
  • Pyramidulidae
  • Rathouisiidae
  • Rhytididae
  • Sagdidae
  • Spiraxidae
  • Streptaxidae
  • Strobilopsidae
  • Strophocheilidae
  • Subulinidae
  • Succineidae
  • Systrophiidae
  • Testacellidae
  • Trigonochlamydidae
  • Urocoptidae
  • Urocyclidae
  • Valloniidae
  • Veronicellidae
  • Vertiginidae
  • Zonitidae

Marine gastropod families:
Conidae: 1,312 alcohol-preserved and 4,702 dry lots, including the research collection of Alan J. Kohn (1,247 alcohol, 1,816 dry lots).

Cephalopod families:

  • Alloposidae
  • Amphitretidae
  • Ancistrocheiridae
  • Architeuthidae
  • Cranchiidae
  • Cycloteuthidae
  • Enoploteuthidae
  • Gonatidae
  • Grimalditeuthidae
  • Grimpoteuthidae
  • Histioteuthidae
  • Idioctopodidae
  • Idiosepiidae
  • Joubiniteuthidae
  • Lepidoteuthidae
  • Loliginidae
  • Argonautidae
  • Bathyteuthidae
  • Batoteuthidae
  • Bolitaenidae
  • Lycoteuthidae
  • Mastigoteuthidae
  • Nautilidae
  • Neoteuthidae
  • Octopodidae
  • Octopoteuthidae
  • Ocythoidae
  • Ommastrephidae
  • Onychoteuthidae
  • Opisthoteuthidae
  • Pickfordiateuthidae
  • Promachoteuthidae
  • Brachioteuthidae
  • Chiroteuthidae
  • Chtenopterygidae
  • Cirroteuthidae
  • Psychroteuthidae
  • Pyroteuthidae
  • Sepiadariidae
  • Sepiidae
  • Sepiolidae
  • Spirulidae
  • Stauroteuthidae
  • Thysanoteuthidae
  • Tremoctopodidae
  • Vampyroteuthidae
  • Vitreledonellidae

"Hot-vent" material of the following gastropod and bivalve families:

  • Buccinidae
  • Clypeosectidae
  • Cyathermiidae
  • Gorgoleptidae
  • Hyalogyrinidae
  • Lepetodrilidae
  • Mytilidae
  • Neolepetopsidae
  • Neomphalidae
  • Peltospiridae
  • Provannidae
  • Pyropeltidae
  • Scissurellidae
  • Trochidae
  • Turridae
  • Vesicomyidae

Hubricht Collection of North American Mollusca (other than pulmonate gastropods):

  • Annulariidae
  • Assimineidae
  • Carychiidae
  • Ellobiidae
  • Helicinidae
  • Hydrobiidae
  • Littorinidae
  • Marginellidae
  • Neoplanorbidae
  • Pleuroceridae
  • Pomatiopsidae
  • Sphaeriidae
  • Truncatellidae
  • Valvatidae
Other groups will be added as our database project progresses. Please note that work on our type collection is not completed; information on type status and type holdings for the above families is not yet fully available.

Please note that this database - like most other such museum systems - is not static. New material is being added, specimens are re-identified by specialists, taxonomic or geographic information is upgraded, material is being used or modified during various research projects (such as histological or molecular preparations). At present, we see a main purpose of this "publication" of the data as a tool to give potential users of our collection advance information about material available by loan or for on-site study.

We claim copyright to our data. The information is available ONLY for not-for-profit scientific use with the stipulation that FMNH be clearly identified as the source of the data. We request copies or reprints of publications that are based on our collections.

A successful search will display up to 50 records at a time. At the top of each display you will see the record set and the total number of records that matched your search criteria. Data from a record are displayed in the following order: Catalog Number, Family, Identification, Current Country Name, Historic Country Name (repeating the previous, if identical), State (or equivalent), County (or equivalent), Locality, Collector, Date of Collection, Collection Name, Specimen Count, Type Status, Wet or Dry collection. Supplemental data, such as corrections and additions to the original label, are displayed in {} brackets. A reference to "N" specimens is made when the actual count in a lot (= series) exceeds 25 individuals.

*Historic Country is the name of the country as indicated by the collector (or original owner) of the specimen, Current Political Affiliation is what the Historic Country's current political affiliation is (e.g. Bermuda's current political affiliation is United Kingdom.)

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