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

This database contains records related to 500,000+ lots maintained in the malacology department. 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 300,000 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 and DBI-1203605. The last of these supports our current project to digitize at least one specimen for each of an estimated 12,000 names for which ANSP hold type material. 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: 11 April 2023
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 69,519 specimen records
  • 48,225 (69%) georeferenced
  • 468 (0.67%) with images (471 total images)
  • 10 GenBank genetic references
  • 51,657 (74%) identified to species
  • 411 families
  • 1,877 genera
  • 6,332 species
  • 6,447 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.