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Collection of terrestrial slugs from Catalonia

Name Collection of terrestrial slugs from Catalonia
Alternative name MCNB. Col. terrestrial slugs Catalonia
Cite as Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (MCNB). Collection of terrestrial slugs from Catalonia
MCNB. Col. terrestrial slugs Catalonia
Description Collection consisting of whole animals preserved in 70% ethanol (86% of lots) and dry shells. It contains around 735 specimens grouped in 357 lots. The taxonomic range includes the families Agriolimacidae, Arionidae, Limacidae, Milacidae and Testacellidae (most of the collection’s dry material corresponds to the latter family). The specimens originate from the four Catalan provinces, with a preponderance of material from the Lleida Pyrenees. The oldest lots (dry shells) belong to the Museum’s historical collections, including those of Francesc Martorell i Peña, Artur Bofill, Joan Baptista d'Aguilar-Amat, Manuel de Chía, Baltasar Serradell and Alejandro Torres, amongst others. Subsequent additions include dry material from the
Miquel Bech collection and wet specimens collected by Oleguer Escolà and colleagues. The most recent wet specimens originate from various collection campaigns and research projects carried out by the Museum’s current Malacological Section. The whole collection has been registered, documented and digitalized to specimen lot level. Around 50% of the collection still needs to be determined. Data of a part of the collection can be consulted on-line at the website of the Barcelona Natural History Museum, and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.
Provenance The first specimens correspond to material from the Francesc Martorell i Peña shell collection and are part of the founder collection of the Museu Martorell (1879). Other historical collections that have provided slug specimens include those of Artur Bofill, Joan Baptista d'Aguilar-Amat, Manuel de Chía, Baltasar Serradell and Alejandro Torres. It is worth also mentioning the specimens received from collaborators and other sources linked to the Museum (e.g. Ascensi Codina, Carme Gelabert, Carmen Giménez and J. Maluquer). Subsequently, shells from the Miquel Bech collection were given to the Museum in 2009, along with wet slug specimens collected by Oleguer Escolà and colleagues, many from subterranean habitats. Francesc Uribe has been the curator of the Department of Non-Arthropod Invertebrates since 1997 and since then the inventory and digitalization of the Museum’s whole collection has been carried out to specimen lot level. In the field of research, of interest are studies on biodiversity, ecology and conservation (malacological campaigns in Vall d'Alinyà, Les Planes de Son and La Mata de València, and BioBosc) by malacologists such as Vicenç Bros, Jordi Cadevall, Elisabeth Hernández, Jordi Nebot and Albert Orozco. These studies have provided the most recent wet slug specimens and represent an significant increase in the size of the Museum’s collections.
Kingdom coverage Animalia
Taxon coverage Agriolimacidae, Arionidae, Limacidae, Milacidae, Testacellidae
Common name coverage slugs
Geospatial coverage Aigüestortes and Estany de Sant Maurici National Park (strength), Alinyà valley, Catalonia, Lleida Pyrenees (strength), Planes de Son and Mata de València (strength)
Collectors Aguilar-Amat, Joan Baptista d'
Auroux Poblador, Lluís
Bech i Taberner, Miquel
Bley, J.
Bofill i Poch, Artur
Bros Caton, Vicenç
Cadevall Solé, Jordi
Castillejo, José
Cazurro, Manuel
Codina i Ferrer, Ascensi
Comas Navarro, Jordi
Escolà Boada, Oleguer
Fernández, Guillem
Gasull Martínez, Luis
Gelabert, Carme
Giménez, Carmen
Hernández Rojo, Elisabeth
Julià, Lluís
Maluquer, J.
Meseguer, Agustí
Nebot Obón, Jordi
Olmo Vidal, Josep Maria
Orozco Sanchís, Albert
Picañol, Carme
Pérez De Gregorio, Josep Joaquim
Serrano, Gustau
Uribe Porta, Francesc
Collection type Preserved
Primary purpose Research
Include types No
Grouping principle Spatial
Formations periods ca. 1882-
Development statuses Passive growth
Collection extents 357 lots, 735 specimens
Documentation state Documentary control of 100% of lots (register, inventory and computerization in Museum Plus). Around 50% of lots still need to be determined.
Object class shells, whole organisms
Specimen preservation methods Fluid-preserved, No Treatment
Preparation and conservation Dry material boxed and wrapped in protective elements in individual containers. Wet specimens preserved in 70% ethanol. Improvements in the conservation conditions of the original samples (new containers and preserving fluid, and rehousing of specimens). Monitoring of the environmental conditions in storage areas.
McGinley conservation statuses Level 8
Conservation status date 06-11-2014 (dd-mm-yyyy)
Institution Natural Science Museum of Barcelona - Non-Arthropod Invertebrates Department
Parent collection Collection of terrestrial slugs
Associated person Miguel Prieto (Documentalist), Francesc Uribe (Curator),
Item level access MCNB Mollusca GBIF online database (date when consulted) (accessed through GBIF data portal,, 2013-09-04)
Col·leccions en línia de Zoologia (MCNB) / Online Zoological Collections (MCNB)
Related material Bros, V., Cadevall, J., Hernández, E., Nebot, J., Orozco, A. & Uribe. F., 2004. Inventari i distribució dels mol·luscs a la vall d'Alinyà: informació bàsica per a la conservació i la gestió de l'àrea. In: Els sistemes naturals de la vall d'Alinyà, edited by J. Germain, Barcelona: Institució Catalana d'Història Natural, p. 343-366.

Bros, V., Cadevall, J., Nebot, J., Orozco, A. & Uribe. F., 2009. El grau de maduresa del bosc d'alta muntanya i la fauna malacològica associada. In: VIII Jornades sobre Recerca al Parc Nacional d'Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici. Espot (Pallars Sobirà), 14-16 d'octubre de 2009: 113-121.

Cadevall, J., Hernández, E., Nebot, J., Orozco, A., Uribe. F. & Bros, V., 2003. Influència de l'altitud en la riquesa d'espècies de mol·luscs: variacions a la vall d'Alinyà, Alt Urgell, Lleida. Arxius de Miscel·lània Zoològica, 1: 18-45.

Martorell, M. & Bofill, A., 1888. Catálogo de la colección conchiológica que fué de D. Francisco Martorell y Peña legada por dicho señor á la ciudad de Barcelona y existente en el Museo Martorell de la propia ciudad. Barcelona. 94 pp.