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Collection of molluscs from Cuba

Name Collection of molluscs from Cuba
Alternative name MCNB. Col. molluscs Cuba
Cite as Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (MCNB). Collection of molluscs from Cuba
MCNB. Col. molluscs Cuba
Description Collection of continental molluscs from Cuba consisting of dry shells. In all, there are 13,600 specimens grouped in 2,480 lots. The collection includes continental and marine fauna, belonging principally to the Gastropoda and Bivalvia; the Polyplacophora and Cephalopoda are represented by just four and two lots, respectively. Wide range of gastropod and bivalve taxa. Most of the material belongs to the Museum's historical collection (original collection of Francesc Martorell and collections of Artur Bofill, Joan Baptista d'Aguilar-Amat, Joan Rosals, Barcelona Royal Academy of Science and the Arts, Manuel de Chía, Baltasar Serradell and the Jaume Balmes Institute, amongst others). There are also donations by Alfonso de Reynoso and later by Marià Ferrer Bravo). More recent additions come from the collection of marine molluscs belonging to Joan Rosal i Sagalés, donated to the Museum in 2000. All of the collection has been registered, documented and digitalized to specimen-lot level. Data of a small part of the collection can be consulted on-line on the website of the Barcelona Natural History Museum and the portal GBIF. One of the interesting aspects of the collection of continental fauna is the large number of specimens of species that are endemic to Cuba. A selection of molluscs from Cuba has been displayed as part of the Museum's permanent exhibition, including a series of specimens of the genus Polymita that illustrate the concept of polymorphism. Currently, a group of 50 specimens is on display in the permanent exhibition of Museu Blau.
Provenance The first specimens came from the shell collection of Francesc Martorell i Peña and were part of the original collection of the Martorell Museum (1879). The addition of the shell collections of Artur Bofill, Joan Baptista d'Aguilar-Amat and Joan Rosals in 1917-1920 increased the Museum's collection – above all, of molluscs from Cuba – significantly. Further material came from other historical collections that were added subsequently, including specimens from the collections of Barcelona Royal Academy of Science and the Arts (on permanent loan to the Museum since 1925), Manuel de Chia (1923), Baltasar Serradell (1931) and the Jaume Balmes Institute (1936). The Royal Academy’s collection also includes donations from José María Salvañá and Rafael Resalt. As well, there are a number of terrestrial molluscs collected and donated to the Museum by Marià Ferrer Bravo in 1932 and a few specimens donated by Ramon de Bolòs and Alejandro Torres Mínguez. A few specimens of marine fauna donated by Adolfo de Reynoso. Under the direction of Artur Bofill i Poch (1892-1929) and then J. B. d’Aguilar-Amat (1929-1936), the malacological section began to be reorganized and all the different collections were united and the nomenclature revised (all the original labels have been preserved). The most recent additions to the collection consist of a few specimens from the collection of marine molluscs of Joan Rosal i Sagalés, acquired by the Museum in 2000. Francesc Uribe has been curator of the Museum's non-Arthropod Invertebrate collection since 1997. During his time in charge, the registration, documentation and computerization to specimen-lot level has been completed.
Kingdom coverage Animalia
Taxon coverage Bivalvia (strength), Cephalopoda, Gastropoda (strength), Polyplacophora
Collectors Ferrer Bravo, Marià
Ribero, Antonio
Collection type Preserved
Primary purpose Research
Include types No
Grouping principle Spatial
Formations periods ca. 1882-
Development statuses Passive growth
Collection extents 13600 specimens, 2480 lots
Documentation state Documentary control of all lots (registration, inventory and computerization). Most of the material still requires revision. Identification to species level carried out according to the original documentation and labels. (nomenclature updated for the samples documented with MuseumPlus).
Specimen preservation methods No Treatment
Preparation and conservation Dried material boxed or wrapped up in protective material in individual containers. Control of the environmental conditions in storage areas.
McGinley conservation statuses Level 8
Conservation status date 30-07-2013 (dd-mm-yyyy)
Institution Natural Science Museum of Barcelona - Non-Arthropod Invertebrates Department
Subcollections Collection of continental molluscs from Cuba
Collection of marine molluscs from Cuba
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 Bofill i Poch, A., 1917. La colecció Rosals. Anuari de la Junta de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, 2: 193-196.

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.