BMSM Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

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Part of The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum's mission is to promote collection-based research on shells and mollusks, with emphasis on Southwest Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The Shell Museum assists scholars and citizen scientists from around the world by answering questions, providing interlibrary loans, and by offering both physical and Web access to our extensive shell collection, when needed. Our Science Director, Dr. José H. Leal, is a leading malacologist and also the Editor-in-Chief of The Nautilus, a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles on diverse aspects of the biology, ecology, and systematics of mollusks.

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GBIF Registration

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Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


José Leal
  • Metadata Provider
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Science Director & Curator
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
33957 Sanibel
+01 (239) 395-2233
Haley Kraczek
  • Metadata Provider
Collection Assistant
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
33957 Sanibel
Joanna McCaffrey
  • Programmer
Biodiversity Informatics Manager

Geographic Coverage

Southwest Florida, Florida, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, western Atlantic

Bounding Coordinates South West [15.08, -98.59], North East [36.2, -63.48]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Phylum Mollusca (Mollusks)
Class Gastropoda, Polyplacophora, Bivalvia, Scaphopoda, Cephalopoda

Project Data

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Cataloging Project was initially funded by two Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grants (2012, 2015), complemented by another IMLS grant (“Digital Imaging Project”, 2018) and the current Thematic Collections Network project “Mobilizing Millions of Mollusks of the Eastern Seaboard” funded by the National Science Foundation. The long-range digitization project objective is to, keeping pace of acquisition of collection material, digitally catalog, georeferenced, and illustrate the Museum’s specialized collection of shells, preserved mollusks, and other related biological materials (egg capsules, opercula, etc.).

Title The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Cataloguing Project
Identifier IMLS MA 05-12-0450-12, IMLS MA 30-15-0276-15, IMLS MA-30-18-0438-18, NSF 2001528

The personnel involved in the project:

José H. Leal
  • Principal Investigator

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 417f4d21-959b-4773-90a2-c38d1822d873