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MolluscaBase
Citation
MolluscaBase (2016). Accessed at http://www.molluscabase.org on yyyy-mm-dd

Dedicated website
Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Description
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:

  • Accepted (valid) name
  • Classification (presented with a parent/child hierarchy)
  • Synonyms
  • Reference of original description and other relevant literature sources
  • Type locality and distribution
  • Stratigraphic range
  • Traits (environment, feeding type, host/parasite relationship) and notes
  • Images

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.


Scope
Themes:
Biology, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Marine, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Classification, Fossils, Species, Taxonomy, World, Mollusca

Geographical coverage

Temporal coverage
From 1758 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Mollusca [WoRMS]

Parameter
Taxonomy

Contributor
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredatabase developer

Related datasets
Published in:
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
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