BMSM Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum

Latest version published by Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum on 27 August 2021 Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
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.
Publication date:
27 August 2021
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  • Occurrence (core)
  • Multimedia 

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Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum (BMSM)


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 417f4d21-959b-4773-90a2-c38d1822d873.  Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by U.S. Geological Survey.


Occurrence; Specimen; Occurrence


Who created the resource:

José Leal
Science Director & Curator
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
33957 Sanibel
+01 (239) 395-2233

Who can answer questions about the resource:

José Leal
Science Director & Curator
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
33957 Sanibel
+01 (239) 395-2233

Who filled in the metadata:

Jessica Godwin
Collection Associate
The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum
3075 Sanibel-Captiva Road
33957 Sanibel
+01 (239) 395-2233

Who else was associated with the resource:

Joanna McCaffrey
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 projects aimed completion of the cataloguing backlog. At the inception of the first grant (“Phase I”, October 2012), the museum had catalogued only 29,000 out of the 116,000+ lots in its collection. The project objective was to accelerate, through hiring of specialized personnel, the rate of cataloguing of the Museum’s specialized collection of shells, preserved mollusks, and other related biological materials (egg cases, etc.). Phase I allowed for cataloguing of a total 58,000 lots between October 2012 and September 2016 (4 years). Phase II, which started in October 2015, aims to complete, by March 2018, the cataloguing backlog, add collections received from 2012 on, and refine the taxonomy and relevant collection metadata.

Title The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum Cataloguing Project” and “The Bailey-Matthews National Cataloguing Project – Phase II
Identifier IMLS MA 05-12-0450-12, IMLS MA 30-15-0276-15

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
José H. Leal

Additional Metadata

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