Molluscs are represented in a large number of historical marine collections that could be of use for ocean acidification research.
At the Natural History Museum they can be found in the:
Relevant collections at other institutions:
The Chagos archipelago lacks overfishing and pollution, making it potentially suitable for use as a global reference baseline for monitoring the impact of ocean acidification on local biota. Although this is predominantly a coral collection, some other taxa are included. Find out more.
The Discovery collections originate from a number of different expeditions that took place from 1901-1999. The collection of pteropods may be of particular importance for ocean acidification research, and there are a wide variety of other marine specimens as well as ocean bottom deposits and residues. Learn more.
Scientists on the 1872-76 HMS Challenger expedition collected a vast amount of natural history material from around the globe, which is accompanied by extensive taxonomic and summary reports. Get information about the Challenger collections housed at the Natural History Museum.
Thanks to its longevity, the large clam Arctica islandica can be useful for studying modern and ancient ocean environments. Get information about Bangor University’s Arctica islandica collection.
See a summary of what can be found in the Dry Invertebrate Store.
Find out detailed information about Robert MacAndrew's mollusc collection, which dates from the mid-19th century.
Of the collections at the National Museum Wales, this is probably the most useful for ocean acidification research. It includes material from the HMS Challenger voyage, as well as the important Melvill-Tomlin Collection. Learn more.
National Museums Scotland has nine recent survey collections that could be useful for ocean acidification research. Find out more.
The collections at these institutions were surveyed for the UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme.