Got mollusk questions?
Department business hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Please call (213) 763-3376 or contact Lindsey Groves at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in shell collecting? The Malacology Department sponsors the Pacific Conchological Club (PCC), which meets at NHM usually on the second Sunday of each month from January through May and October and November. The PCC resulted from a 2003 merger of two historic clubs, the Conchological Club of Southern California and the Pacific Shell Club. For details and further club information visit the PCC website.
At the discretion of the Malacology Department, shell specimens or collections may be accepted as donations from individuals and/or institutions provided complete locality information is available at the time of donation. The department also accepts donations of cash, books, and/or equipment. All donations are tax deductible, however, it is the responsibility of the donor to obtain a collection appraisal prior to donation.
Malacology is the study of mollusks (snails, clams, octopods, etc.). The Malacology Department promotes the scientific study, conservation, and acquisition of extant mollusk species including gastropods (marine, terrestrial, and freshwater snails and slugs), bivalves (marine and freshwater clams), cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish, and nautilus), polyplacophorans (chitons), scaphopods (tusk shells), aplacophorans (wormlike mollusks), and monoplacophorans (‘primitive’ limpetlike snails). The collection is worldwide in scope with an emphasis on the eastern Pacific Ocean (arctic Alaska to southern Chile) and includes an estimated 500,000 lots containing approximately 4.5 million specimens.
Malacology staff, associates, and volunteers sort, identify and verify specimen identifications, curate, rehouse, database, and incorporate specimens into the research collection. These tasks represent a huge undertaking in terms of the number of specimens incorporated into the collection annually. Malacology is active in Museum programs, offering hands-on experiences with both extinct and extant mollusks and local geology. Learn more about what is happening in malacology here.
Jann studies the evolutionary biology and systematics of marine whelks in the gastropod family Buccinidae, marine sea slugs called sacoglossans, and (more recently) terrestrial gastropods of Southern California.
Lindsey has been supervising the upgrading and databasing of the collections since 1988. His research interests are extant and extinct cypraeoideans (cowries and their kin) of the Western Hemisphere as well as extinct abalone.
Jim retired in 2001 but remains active with his research. He is currently preparing two major volumes for publication, one on the shelled gastropods of the North Pacific, which will include descriptions of several hundred species new to science, and the other on the family Liotiidae.