Mr Jon Ablett

Mr Jonathan Ablett

Curator, Mollusca

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Invertebrates
Contact: email
Phone: 0207 942 5996
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Specialisms

Cephalopods, Land and Freshwater Molluscs (slugs, snails and bivalves)

Summary

I am responsible for the curation of the terrestrial and freshwater Mollusca plus the Cephalopod collections within the Mollusca group in the Department of Life Sciences at the Natural History Museum (NHM). The Mollusca collections contain an estimated 7 million specimens (including 60,000 primary types) and the taxa within my care account for around 40% of this collection (2.8 million specimens). My responsibilities include the general care, curation, preservation, reorganisation and loaning of the dry and spirit collections under my care, and the identification, data-basing, preservation, and accession of new material. I am in charge of answering enquiries and supervising visitors (scientific, commercial and the general), and am heavily involved with associated exhibition and public engagement projects within my taxa expertise. My current research interests include: Vietnamese land snail diversity Land snails of the Western Ghats, India The neo-tropical superfamily Orthalocoidea Producing type catalogues of material housed in the NHM New Molluscan Names introduced by Henry Haversham Godwin-Austen Using micro-CT scanning to reconstruct soft tissue anatomy in gastropods. In 2004 a giant squid (Architeuthis dux, Steenstrup in Harting 1860) was caught by the Falkland Islands registered trawler 'John Cheek' off the coast of the Falkland Islands. The Captain of the ship gave it to the research station on the Falkland Islands who donated it to the Natural History Museum on the provision that it was put on public display. The squid was 8.62m in length and was the largest 'wet' specimen ever preserved at the NHM. As curator in charge of Cephalopoda it was my responsibility to design, manage and implement the preservation, storage and display of this enormous creature.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSc. (Hons.), Cardiff University, Wales, 1998 - 2002

Employment history

Academic

Curator non-marine Mollusca and Cephalopoda, Natural History Museum, London, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2003 - ongoing

Research assistant (Lower Vertebrates), Natural History Museum, London, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2003 - 2003

Assistant Curator, Grant Museum of Zoology, University College London, United Kingdom, 2002 - 2003

Publications

Pall-Gergely B, Hunyadi A, Ablett J, Luong HV, Naggs F, Asami T (2015) Systematics of the family Plectopylidae in Vietnam with additional information on Chinese taxa (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Stylommatophora). Zookeys, 473 (473): 1 - 118. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.473.8659

Breure A, Ablett J (2015) Annotated type catalogue of the Megaspiridae, Orthalicidae, and Simpulopsidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. ZooKeys, 470 : 17 - 143. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.470.8548

Breure A, Ablett J (2014) Annotated type catalogue of the Bulimulidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. ZooKeys, 392 : 1 - 367. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.392.6328

Nantarat N, Sutcharit C, Tongkerd P, Ablett J, Naggs F, Panha S (2014) An annotated catalogue of type specimens of the land snail genus Cyclophorus Monfort, 1810 (Caenogastropoda, Cyclophoridae) in the Natural History Museum, London. ZooKeys, 411 (411): 1 - 56. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.411.7258

Raheem DC, Ablett J, Taylor H, Preece RC, Aravind NA, Naggs FC. , (2014) A Systematic Revision of the Land Snails of the Western Ghats of India. Chulalongkorn University.

Ablett J (2012) The Giant Squid, Architeuthis dux Steenstrup, 1857 (Mollusca: Cephalopoda): The Making of an Iconic Specimen. NatSCA News, 23 : 16 - 20.

Breure ASH, ABLETT JD (2012) Annotated type catalogue of the Bothriembryontidae and Odontostomidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. Zookeys, 182 : 1 - 70. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.182.2720

Breure ASH, ABLETT JD (2011) Annotated type catalogue of the Amphibulimidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. Zookeys, 138 (138): 1 - 52. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.138.1847

GOWER DJ, ABLETT JD (2007) Counting ventral scales in Asian anilioid snakes. Herpetological Journal, 16 (3): 259 - 263.

Highlighted publications

Breure A, Ablett J (2015) Annotated type catalogue of the Megaspiridae, Orthalicidae, and Simpulopsidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. ZooKeys, 470 : 17 - 143. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.470.8548

Breure A, Ablett J (2014) Annotated type catalogue of the Bulimulidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. ZooKeys, 392 : 1 - 367. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.392.6328

Raheem DC, Ablett J, Taylor H, Preece RC, Aravind NA, et al. , (2014) A Systematic Revision of the Land Snails of the Western Ghats of India. Chulalongkorn University.

Ablett J (2012) The Giant Squid, Architeuthis dux Steenstrup, 1857 (Mollusca: Cephalopoda): The Making of an Iconic Specimen. NatSCA News, 23 : 16 - 20.

Breure ASH, ABLETT JD (2012) Annotated type catalogue of the Bothriembryontidae and Odontostomidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. Zookeys, 182 : 1 - 70. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.182.2720

Breure ASH, ABLETT JD (2011) Annotated type catalogue of the Amphibulimidae (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Orthalicoidea) in the Natural History Museum, London. Zookeys, 138 (138): 1 - 52. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.138.1847