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Marine molluscs collection of the family Nassariidae

Name Marine molluscs collection of the family Nassariidae
Alternative name MCNB. Col. Nassariidae
Cite as Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (MCNB). Marine molluscs collection of the family Nassariidae MCNB. Col. Nassariidae
Description Collection of marine molluscs belonging to the family Nassariidae, consisting of dry shells (except for three lots preserved in 70% ethanol). It contains 15 700 examples, grouped into 1460 lots and belonging to 125 species. It also includes four type specimens belonging to two species. All of the collection has been revised by the specialist Carles Gili. In terms of number, the most important group in the collection is the genus Nassarius (almost 90% of lots), followed at some distance by the Cyclope and the remaining genera. Most of the material originates from the Museum’s historical collection (founder collection of Francesc Martorell and private collections of Artur Bofill, Joan Baptista d'Aguilar-Amat, Joan Rosals, the Royal Academy of the Science and the Arts of Barcelona, Manuel de Chía, Baltasar Serradell and the Jaume Balmes Institute, amongst others). More recent donations include material from the collections of Luis Gasull Martínez and Joan Rosal Sagalés. The whole collection has been registered, documented and digitalized to specimen lot level. Data from a part of the collection (currently only a small part) can be consulted on-line at the website of the Barcelona Natural History Museum and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility website.
Provenance The oldest samples correspond to the shell collection of Francesc Martorell i Peña, which was part of the founder collection of the Martorell Museum (1879). The collections of Antoni de Samà, Artur Bofill, Joan Baptista d'Aguilar-Amat and Joan Rosals, which led to a notable increase in the number of samples in the period 1914–1920, contain a large number of samples from the Nassariidae. To these can be added the material from other important historical collections that was added subsequently such as that of the Royal Academy of the Science and the Arts of Barcelona (held in deposit since 1925) and the collections of Manuel de Chía (1923), Baltasar Serradell (1931) and the Jaume Balmes Institute (1936). The Royal Academy’s collection includes, amongst others, specimens collected by Eduard and Adolf Cháquert, Eduard Fontseré, Eusebi Mas, José María Salvañá and Jaume Basté. Under the direction Artur Bofill i Poch (1891–1929) and then Joan Baptista d’Aguilar-Amat (1929–1936), the Museum’s malacological section was reorganized: the collections were combined and the nomenclature revised, but the original labels were conserved. 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. The collection was exhaustively revised by the specialist and Museum collaborator Carles Gili in 2013–2014. Types of two species described by this autor are housed in the colection.
Kingdom coverage Animalia
Taxon coverage Nassariidae
Common name coverage dog whelks, nassa mud snails, sea snails
Geospatial coverage Antilles, Atlantic Ocean, Australia, Balearic Islands (strength), Canary Islands, Chile, Gulf of California, India, Indian Ocean, Mauritius, Mediterranean Sea (strength), Pacific Ocean, Philippines (strength), Red Sea, Sri Lanka, archipelagos and islands of Oceania, coasts of Africa, coasts of Catalonia (strength), coasts of the Iberian Peninsula
Expeditions Museum expedition to Western Morocco
Collectors Aguilar-Amat, Joan Baptista d'
Batlle, A.
Bofill i Poch, Artur
Gabot, Laura
Gasull Martínez, Luis
Gibert, Vicenta
Gros, J.
Hernández Rojo, Elisabeth
Iglesias Iglesias, A.
Laboratori Oceanogràfic de Balears
Maluquer, Josep
Mercadal, B.
Muñoz, José
Rosal i Sagalés, Joan
Rutllán, J.
Samà, Antoni de
Zariquiey, Ricardo
Collection type Preserved
Primary purpose Research
Include types Yes
Grouping principle Taxonomic
Formations periods ca. 1882-
Development statuses Passive growth
Collection extents 125 species, 1460 lots, 15700 specimens, 4 type specimens
Documentation state Documentary control of 100% of lots (register, inventory and computerization). All the material revised and identified to species level by the specialist Carles Gili.
Object class shells, whole organisms
Specimen preservation methods Fluid-preserved, No Treatment
Preparation and conservation Material boxed and/or wrapped in protective elements in individual containers. Monitoring of the environmental conditions of storage areas.
McGinley conservation statuses Level 8
Conservation status date 08-10-2014 (dd-mm-yyyy)
Institution Natural Science Museum of Barcelona - Non-Arthropod Invertebrates Department
Parent collection Collection of marine gastropods
Collection of marine molluscs
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 collections Museum collection of fauna collected on the expedition to western Morocco.

Related material Bofill i Poch, A., 1917. La colecció Rosals. Anuari de la Junta de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, 2: 193-196.

Bofill i Poch, A., 1917. Moluscos ingressats en el Museu desde el mes de juny de 1916. Anuari de la Junta de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, 2: 533-549.

Bofill i Poch, A., 1918. Moluscos Ingressats en el Museu des de el 1er de juliol de 1917. Anuari de la Junta de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona, 3: 201-224.

Gili, C., 2015. Two new Nassarius species from the Philippines (Gastropoda: Nassariidae). Miscellanea Malacologica, 6(6): 81-87

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.

Nos, R., 1984. Homenatge del Museu de Zoologia de Barcelona a tres malacòlegs catalans. Lluís Gasull Martínez, Carles Altimira Aleu i Jaume Bot Arenas. Miscel·lània Zoològica, 8: 311-312.