Queensland has extraordinarily high diversities of marine and terrestrial molluscs. These encompass the megadiverse faunas of the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics and the Brigalow Belt with over 17,000 species represented in our collections.

Data from these specimens and their habitats provide a valuable benchmark for environmental assessment studies. Principal among these issues are species management and conservation, detection of invasive species and the effects of climate change on natural ecosystems.

The Mollusca collection contains:

  • more than 200,000 land snail specimens from over 2,000 localities throughout Eastern Australia;
  • donated marine collections of exceptional scientific importance.

Taxonomic range

Kingdoms covered include: Animalia.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Queensland Museum Molluscs collection is 1,000,000.

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Volute snails from the Great Barrier Reef and deep water off the Queensland Coast (QM Collection)

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Dr John Healy
Curator of Biodiversity (Marine Invertebrates)
phone: 07 3840 7718
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Paul Avern
phone: (07) 3840 7711
phone: (07) 3846 1226
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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Queensland Museum Molluscs collection has an estimated 1,000,000 specimens.

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