Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Mollusk Collection (BMNSM-BMSM)

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum collection currently encompasses about 133,000 catalogued lots, the collection consists of a vast majority of dry specimens and a small component of fluid-preserved material. The collection is worldwide in scope, but has a strong emphasis on material from Florida and the eastern seaboard of the US, and, in particular, Southwest Florida and the adjacent Gulf Mexico waters.

Science Director & Curator: José H. Leal, (ORCID #: 0000-0002-3786-0368)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 30 March 2023
IPT / DwC-A Source:
Digital Metadata: EML File
Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
Sanibel, FL   33957
United States
Collection Statistics
  • 133,829 specimen records
  • 33,056 (25%) georeferenced
  • 3,253 (2%) with images (3,333 total images)
  • 115,581 (86%) identified to species
  • 501 families
  • 3,248 genera
  • 13,845 species
  • 14,283 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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