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Natal Museum - Mollusc Collection
Natal Museum - Mollusc Collection
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The mollusc collection of the Natal Museum build up from Burnup's collection and further field work, donations, exchange and purchase. It now ranks among the 15 largest in the world with a total 27345 records of 282 families. more

The Natal Museum's Department of Mollusca had its origins in the shell collection and library of Henry Burnup, a dedicated amateur who was honorary curator of molluscs until his death in 1928. Subsequently, the collection has been expanded many times over through field work, donation, exchange and purchase. Its historical value was greatly increased by absorption of important shell collections housed the Transvaal Museum (1978) and Albany Museum (1980), as well as the Rodney Wood collection from the Seychelles received from the Mutare Museum in Zimbabwe and the Kurt Grosch collection, built up over 25 years of residence in northern Mozambique. The mollusc collection now ranks among the 15 largest in the world and is certainly the largest both in Africa and on the Indian Ocean rim. It currently contains 7233 Bivalvia records, and 20112 Gastropoda records (total 27345 records of 282 families).


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Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Museum collection
Metadatarecord created: 2012-12-11
Information last updated: 2013-06-06
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