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Marine molluscs collection of Luis Gasull

Name Marine molluscs collection of Luis Gasull
Alternative name MCNB. Col. Gasull marine molluscs
Cite as Museu de Ciències Naturals de Barcelona (MCNB). Marine molluscs collection of Luis Gasull
MCNB. Col. Gasull marine molluscs
Description Group of shells of marine molluscs from the collection of Luis Gasull. In all, there are 64,000 specimens grouped in 2,650 lots. The collection includes specimens of Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Scaphopoda and Cephalopoda, the latter two groups only in small number and represented by just 30 and three lots, respectively. Wide range of taxa from the classes Gastropoda and Bivalvia. The geographical range extends from the Mediterranean coast to the eastern Atlantic, with a predominance of material from the coasts of the western Mediterranean and, in particular, the Balearic Islands. 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.
Provenance This group of specimens is part of the collection of the malacologist Luis Gasull Martínez (1918-1982) and includes both marine and continental fauna. Most of the material was collected and identified by Gasull himself, although there are occasional contributions from sources such as Antonio Cobos, R. Galiana, G. Mateu, B. Mercadal and the Oceanographic Laboratory. Both the collection and the library were donated to the Museum by Gasull's widow Claudina Trenkle Bonsoms when Rosario Nos was the director of the Museum. The presentation was marked by an exhibition of part of the donation and the publication of a catalogue Catalogue od books of Malacology donated by Lluís Gasull i Martínez (1918-1982) to the Zoologia Museum. 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), Scaphopoda
Collectors Cobos Sánchez, Antonio
Galiana, R.
Gasull Martínez, Luis
Laboratori Oceanogràfic de Balears
Mateu, G.
Mercadal, B.
Collection type Preserved
Primary purpose Research
Include types No
Grouping principle Taxonomic
Formations periods ca. 1940-1983
Development statuses Closed
Collection extents 2650 lots, 64000 specimens
Documentation state Documentary control of all lots (registration, inventory and computerization). Identification to species level carried out for almost all specimens by Gasull. Nomenclature updated during the documentation of the donation.
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. The collection has Tyvek labels.
McGinley conservation statuses Level 8
Conservation status date 30-07-2013 (dd-mm-yyyy)
Institution Natural Science Museum of Barcelona - Non-Arthropod Invertebrates Department
Parent collection 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 material Gasull, L. & Cuerda, J., 1974. Malacología del contenido gástrico de las grandes estrellas de mar. Boletín de la Sociedad de Historia Natural de Baleares, 19: 155-175.

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.