Malacology Collection at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia (ANSP-MAL)

This database contains records related to about 500,000 lots maintained in the malacology department. at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadephia. These records are derived from

  1. detailed computer records for material entering the collection since 1976, and
  2. records digitized from the handwritten catalogues, which were started in 1889.
  3. an inventory started in 2011 that has recorded the current placement in the collection of more than 412,000 lots, and
  4. images of specimens and labels, particularly for type lots.

This material is based upon work supported in part by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers DEB-9249109, DEB-9408267, DEB-9616621, DBI-9728996, DBI-1203605, DBI-1902328, and DBI 2001570. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations presented in this material are only those of the grantees and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Contacts: Gary Rosenberg,
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 14 November 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Rights Holder: Academy of Natural of Sciences of Philadelphia
Collection Statistics
  • 497,781 specimen records
  • 335,017 (67%) georeferenced
  • 6,783 (1%) with images (6,820 total images)
  • 784 GenBank genetic references
  • 364,432 (73%) identified to species
  • 625 families
  • 4,605 genera
  • 25,391 species
  • 26,089 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.