Taxonomy and Classification of Molluscs

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BEMON: Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names; (Biographies of Taxonomists working with Marine organisms & some of their presumed Friends):


BIOSIS (Zoological Record):BIOSIS, established in 1926, is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to foster the growth, communication and use of biological knowledge for the common good. By accumulating the world's largest collection of abstracts and bibliographic references to worldwide biological and medical literature and organizing this information for easy access, BIOSIS provides vital sources of information for life scientists…Mollusc PageGuide to the Animal Kingdom for Students and Educators Mirror Site.




Bivalves:  Research, Training, Electronic Dissemination of Data: Partnerships for Enhancing Expertise in Taxonomy (PEET);   In a joint program involving biologists and laboratories from the around the world, Dr. Rüdiger Bieler, a molluscan systematist at the Field Museum of Natural History and Dr. Paula M. Mikkelsen, a molluscan systematist at the American Museum of Natural History, combine their expertise to train a new generation of bivalve workers and significantly to advance the systematics of the group.  “Taxonomy on the Half Shell”


A Classification of the Molluscaby Dr. Gary Rosenberg. A COA (Conchologists of America Page)


Curiosities of Biological Nomenclature: by Mark Isaak
(Last modified 5 Jun. 2001) Not necessarily molluscan but fun to read.


Establishing Relationships: by Dr. Gary Rosenberg A COA (Conchologists of America Page)


ETI - Expert Center for Taxonomic Identification:


ICZN: "The International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) is the official body responsible for providing and regulating the system for ensuring that every animal has a unique and universally accepted scientific name. Its financial and management affairs are handled by the International Trust for Zoological Nomenclature (ITZN), a charity (not-for-profit company) registered in the UK. .."


SCAMIT( Southern California Association Marine Invironment Taxonomists) "SCAMIT was formed in 1982 with the goal of promoting the study of marine invertebrate taxonomy in southern California and developing a regionally standardized taxonomy. To accomplish this, SCAMIT provides a regular monthly forum to address problems in taxonomy, organizes taxonomic workshops, and maintains a reference collection and library of taxonomic literature. "
President: Ron Velarde 619-758-2331
Metropolitan Wastewater Department, City of San Diego

Publications and Newsletter Page


SCIRUS: for scientific information only


Some notes on Taxonomy and Zoological Classification: or What do we mean by species, genus and family? "This way of talking about living organisms, or classifying them (a process or method known as taxonomy), started with a Swedish naturalist called Charles Linne, better known as Linnaeus, in the eighteenth century. ..."


Taxonomy: PDF file general background for malacologists & and conchologists from Hawaiian Shell News site: The meanings of terms used to describe shells and their animals and taxonomy used to name them. Includes books recommended for shell collectors, and on Cleaning Shells.


Taxonomy and Latin Names for Beginners: Seashell "This section is for beginners who never learnt Latin& taxonomy during their studies/life."


Taxonomy and Latin: see Greek and Latin Roots: University of Alberta (from: Bailey, B. 1999. Bull. Malacol. Soc. Lond. 32:6-7)

Molluscan Taxonomy: By Winston Barney:  Learn how scientists classify the many different kinds of molluscs! (also contains a good history and explanation of the classification of all living things, as applied to the phylum mollusca.  This article is from the Man and Mollusc site.


TAXIS (Taxonomic Information System): has been used in development of 'CD Guide to the Polypores of Finland' in the University of Finland, Department of Mycology.
Published CD-ROM is now used by many people in Finland and other countries.
FREE for students - download and use fully functional version.
Register online (students, others).
Want to give it a try? Download and use (the only limit - number of records) or click here for more information.


The Tree of Life Home Page: The Tree of Life is a project containing information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their history, and characteristics.


Welcome to the Biology 120 Plant and Animal Phylogeny Exercise! "Information for anyone who may have wandered here from outside of UTM:
This exercise is designed for students taking Biology 120 (the second term of introductory biology) at The Univerisity of Tennessee at Martin . This course is offered each term through the department of Biological Sciences and is designed to introduce areas of ecology, evolution, and organismic biology to biology majors and non-majors..."


What is a Species, and What is Not?  basic text on taxonomy by by Ernst Mayr


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Experiencing Problems with the following links

Message of Interest

"What is a Species"
by Allison Kay

To all interested;

The Research branch of WWW.COWRYS.ORG is opening with a special presentation of a recording made at a monthly meeting of the Hawaiian Malacological Society about ten years ago. Dr. E. Alison Kay gave a talk titled "What Is A Species?" to the attending
Members and Guests. The link to this feature is

I have created a transcript and an .MP3 audio file for each 'paragraph' (I got to decide where one ended and the next began). There is an explanatory note at the beginning of the transcript.

The original tape will be played to the attending members of the Indianapolis Shell Club today at its bi-monthly meeting.

More items will be added to the Research branch of COWRYS.ORG as the year progresses.

Bob Dayle

Reprinted from the Conch-L listserve June 17, 2001