Description

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Malacology (mollusc) collection comprises about 57,000 lots of dry shells for scientific research and education purposes, and about 2,000 specimen lots stored in either 70% ethyl alcohol for morphological study or absolute ethyl alcohol for genetics studies.

The bulk of the collection is registered into a database. Marine, land and freshwater species of molluscs are represented in the collection, with substantial holdings of shallow water tropical species from the Indo-Pacific, South East Asia and Northern Australia, with smaller holdings from other locations.

Specimens can be lent to workers at other institutions upon application and the MAGNT also welcomes visiting researchers.

The collection was established in 1981 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

The collection contains material from all the extant Mollusca classes, with substantial holdings of Nudibranch gastropods.

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Geographic range

Mostly from the Northern Territory with some material from northern Western Australia and Queensland.

Australian states covered include: Northern Territory.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Malacology Collection is 57,000.

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Metadata last updated on 2017-01-09 19:13:15.0

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Wedding cake Venus clam: Circomphalus disjecta

MAGNT

Location

19 Conacher Street
The Gardens
Northern Territory 0820
Australia

Contact

Mr Gavin Dally
Senior Collections Manager, Natural Sciences
phone: +61-(0)8-8999 8247
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Dr Richard Willan
Senior Curator of Molluscs
phone: (08)8999 8238
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Membership

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Entomological Collections (CHAEC)

Member of Council of Heads of Australian Faunal Collections (CHAFC)

Digitised records available through the Atlas

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