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MolluscaBase (2016). Accessed at http://www.molluscabase.org on yyyy-mm-dd
Availability: This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
MolluscaBase is a taxonomically oriented database which aims to provide an authoritative, permanently updated account of all molluscan species. more
Mollusca are the second largest animal phylum on Earth after arthropods. The number of valid Recent species is currently estimated around 45,000 to 50,000 marine, 25,000 terrestrial and 5,000 freshwater (Appeltans et al., 2012; Rosenberg, 2014). The number of fossil species is not known accurately, but is in the same order of magnitude and may range between 60,000 (a conservative guess, Taylor & Lewis, 2007) and more than 100,000 species.
Subject to availability, the following information is provided for taxa included in MolluscaBase:
The recent, marine component coincides with the Mollusca entries in the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), whereas the continental and fossil components are not displayed in the WoRMS interface.
Biology, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Invertebrates
Marine, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Classification, Fossils, Species, Taxonomy, World, Mollusca
World [Marine Regions]
From 1758 on [In Progress]
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), more, database developer
WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species, more
Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-12
Information last updated: 2016-05-12