A catalogue of the Irish and British marine Mollusca
in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland ~ Natural History, 1835-2008
1J.D. Nunn and 2J.M.C. Holmes
1Centre for Environmental Data & Recording, National Museums Northern Ireland, 153 Bangor Road, Cultra, Holywood, Co. Down, BT18 0EU
2Natural History Division, National Museum of Ireland, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
For more than 70 years (since 1924 when A.R. Nichols retired as curator), little curatorial work had been carried out on the Irish and British marine molluscan collections of the National Museum of Ireland, apart from a systematic list of the material stored in alcohol prepared by author Holmes in 1981. These collections comprise important type and cited specimens; species new to both Britain and Ireland; voucher material from the original Clare Island Survey 1909-1911 and the new Clare Island Survey 1991-1995; material from many 19th century and Fisheries cruises around Ireland; material from extensive modern surveys such as the BioMar survey 1993-1996; together with local collections by leading conchologists/marine biologists (including G.W. Chaster, N. Colgan, G.P. Farran, J.A. Kitching, M. Long, J.T. Marshall, A. Massy, D. McGrath, N.F. McMillan, D. Minchin, A.R. Nichols, R.Ll. Praeger, E. Waller, A. Warren, R. Welch). The complete collection of about 10, 000 lots is stored in Dublin and available to researchers by appointment.
|Opisthoteuthis massyae (Grimpe, 1920)||Holotype|
|Todaropsis eblanae (Ball, 1841)||Holotype|
|Doto hystrix Picton & Brown, 1978||Paratypes|
|Rossia jacobi Ball, 1842 [Rossia macrosoma (delle Chiaje, 1826)]||Holotype, now synonymised|
|Rossia oweni Ball, 1842 [Rossia macrosoma (delle Chiaje, 1826)]||Holotype, now synonymised|
|Polypus profundicola Massy, 1907 [Benthoctopus ergasticus (Fischer, 1892)]||Holotype, now synonymised|
|Selected species new to Ireland and/or Britain|
|Species new to Ireland & Britain||Species new to Ireland|
|Claviscala richardi (Dautzenberg & Boury, 1897)||Calliotropis ottoi (Philippi,1844)|
|Volutomitra groenlandica (Moller, 1842)||Charonia lampas (L., 1758)|
|Laevidentalium caudani (Locard, 1886)||Taranis moerchi (Malm, 1861)|
|Siphonodentalium teres Jeffreys, 1882||Bathyarca glacialis (J.E. Gray, 1824)|
|Benthoctopus ergasticus (Fischer, 1892)||Lutraria angustior Philippi, 1844|
In 1995, a collaborative project between the Ulster Museum (Belfast) and the National Museum of Ireland (Dublin) was begun to catalogue the collections, and to make this information available to all through publication. With the limited time available (16 days per annum), documentation was largely complete by 2000. In subsequent years, this information was transferred to a suitable electronic format.
The Catalogue of Marine Mollusca web site provides a way of accessing information about the collections of Irish and British marine Mollusca held by the National Museum of Ireland. A short history of the collections is provided, together with relevant entries into the Museum Register and a list of references to cited material. An archive of the specimen data allows a search of all specimen entries. Each specimen entry includes the taxon (Family, Genus, Species); number of specimens; identification status; storage medium; record details, where available from label (may include location; date; name of collector/determiner; habitat; method of collection; name of survey ship; published reference; comments); collection name; registration number; donor.
Material currently included in the catalogue
all material stored in alcohol
(including BioMar, Kitching, Marine Institute, McGrath, Parker collections)
Material on exhibition
Material stored in Irish Room
Information about the current status of the website is given below.
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Nunn, J.D. & Holmes, J.M.C. (2008) A catalogue of the Irish and British marine Mollusca in the collections of the National Museum of Ireland - Natural History, 1835-2008 www.habitas.org.uk/nmi_catalogue
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