Field Museum, Mollusk (FM-MOL)

Established in 1938, the Division of Invertebrates is in charge of all invertebrate groups except insects and other non-marine arthropods. The first curator of this Division was Fritz Haas, formerly of the Senckenberg Museum in Frankfurt, Germany. Haas (1938 - 1969) and his successor Alan Solem (1957 - 1990) built massive mollusk collections, particularly strong in unionid bivalves and terrestrial snails, reflecting their respective research interests. Current curators RĂ¼diger Bieler (1990 -) and Janet Voight (1990 -) focus their research and collection-building on marine molluscan groups.
Contacts: RĂ¼diger Bieler (rbieler@fieldmuseum.org)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Data snapshot of local collection database
Last Update: 3 December 2021
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 9,484 lot records
  • 81,001 specimen records
  • 896 (9%) lots georeferenced (lat/long)
  • 401 (4%) lots georeferenced (lat/long/error)
  • 15 (0.16%) with images (68 total images)
  • 6,352 (67%) lots identified to species
  • 48 families
  • 116 genera
  • 596 species
  • 701 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Taxon Distribution
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  • Achatinella (2553)
  • Auriculella (95)
  • Elasmias (44)
  • Lamellidea (73)
  • Newcombia (27)
  • Pacificella (4)
  • Partulina (322)
  • Perdicella (17)
  • Pitys (2)
  • Tekoulina (2)
  • Tornatellaria (9)
  • Tornatellides (29)
  • Tornatellidinae (1)
  • Tornatellina (2)
  • Tornatellinops (1)