Additional Information Resources

The following information and links to sources of information on the Net are provided as a service to COA members. COA does not take responsibility for the accuracy of the contents of these sources, nor for any links, or absence of links from the Internet resources.

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Selected Sources of Information on Mollusks -- This site lists general reference and identification books as well as selections for the young collector, adult beginner and regional identification. There is also a section of major public shell collections.

Bibliography for the Identification of North American Freshwater Snails -- This is a "compilation of all 20th-century guidebooks, keys, monographs, systematic reviews, regional surveys, checklists, and any other published reference material potentially useful for identifying our freshwater gastropod fauna."

Regional Species Lists -- A listing of regional or local mollusk species lists available via the Internet.

Compendium of Brazilian Sea Shells by E.C.Rios, 2009 -- Download index file in pdf format.

Sally Kaicher's Card Catalogue of World-wide Shells

Vita Marina and Spirula Web Site -- This site contains online lists of conchologists, shell events, and other information resources.

Mollusca Listserv -- An electronic discussion group for E-mail networking related to mollusks and malacology.

Mollia -- Information for Malacologists. This site includes information on malacological publications and instructions to authors.

Tide Predictor -- A program for predicting the times and magnitude of high and low tides at hundreds of locations throughout the world.

Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum , Sanibel, Florida. (

Systematic Research Collections (Recent & Fossil Mollusca) -- List of world-wide research collections compiled by Kevin Cummings (Illinois Natural History Survey), Anton Oleinik (Purdue University), and John H. Slapcinsky (Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago).

Academy of Natural Sciences (Philadelphia) -- Some of their catalog is online. Malacology collections.

MALACOLOG 4.1.1 -- Database of recent gastropods of the Western Atlantic.

MBL Marine Animal Models -- A database of useful information, images, and links of the approximately 200 species of marine animals that have contributed to MBL science."

Conchology -- The Art & Science of Nature -- Rich Goldberg's non-commercial site with hundreds of shell images, as well as multimedia presentations, shell articles, a conchology quiz, games and diversions, and links to important Web shell resources. (Slow loading sometimes, but well worth the wait.)

Jacksonville Shells -- an extensive web site created by Bill Frank with articles and color images on a variety of conchological issues. Includes extensive information of Florida marine, freshwater, and land mollusks.

Tips on shell show exhibiting -- John Timmerman of the North Carolina Shell Club provides some insights, replete with illustrations, of what makes a good shell show exhibit

All About Malacology

Snails, Slugs, Mussels, Cockles, Clams & Squid (Mollusca)