Arizona State University Mollusk Collection (ASU-ASUMOC)

The ASU Mollusk Collection consists primarily of two collections donated by Chester W. Melville in 1966 (approximately 40,000 shells) and Edwin C. Roworth in 1982 (approximately 122,000 shells), with a collection of fossil shells donated by H. Kennedy and a few other small collections by several other individuals. For further information and to arrange a visit or loan, please contact Director of Biocollections Dr. Nico Franz (, Volunteer Curator Dale Snyder (, or Collection Manager Dr. Sangmi Lee (
Contacts: Dale Snyder,
Collection Manager: Sangmi Lee, SLEE281@ASU.EDU (ORCID #: 0000-0002-9636-8242)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 9601a6ab-d45a-4263-831b-11903d717a39
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 1,103 specimen records
  • 832 (75%) georeferenced
  • 1 (0.09%) with images (3 total images)
  • 880 (80%) identified to species
  • 4 families
  • 48 genera
  • 115 species
  • 144 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
This project is supported by the National Science Foundation's Division of Environmental Biology through an award titled "Advancing Revisionary Taxonomy and Systematics: Integrative Research and Training in Tropical Taxonomy" (DEB-1456674). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed on this website are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.