List of malacologists

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American malacologists at a Washington meeting in 1914.
Bryant Walker (1856–1936) (back left),
George Hubbard Clapp (1858–1949),
Truman Heminway Aldrich (1848–1932),
John Brooks Henderson Jr. (1870–1923) (back right),
Henry Augustus Pilsbry (1862–1957) (front left),
William Healey Dall (1845–1927) (front center),
Paul Bartsch (1871–1960) (front right).

This is a list of malacologists i.e. a list of notable scientists, biologists, zoologists or naturalists, who are or were interested in malacology, which is the scientific study of the Mollusca, i.e. snails, clams, octopus, etc. People who specialize in studying only or primarily the shells of mollusks are sometimes called conchologists instead of malacologists. Many of these malacologists are notable for having named species and other taxa of mollusks.

This list focuses primarily on people who study or studied recent taxa of mollusks rather than fossil mollusks, i.e., only a few paleontologists are included here. The list includes malacologists who are still alive, as well as those who lived in previous centuries. The list also includes researchers who devoted some of their research effort to malacology and some to other sciences.[1][2]

Considering that mollusks are such a very large and diverse phylum of invertebrates, malacology in general is greatly understaffed in its research efforts.[3] For example, there is no living malacological expert who can properly identify all the species of Onchidiidae (about 143 species).[4] There are also not enough malacologists studying freshwater snails.[5]


























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  1. ^ Coan, Eugene & Kabat, Alan R. (2014). "2,400 Years of Malacology" (PDF). American Malacological Society. 
  2. ^ "Alphabetical Listing of Conchologists - Malacologists". Illinois Natural History Survey. Archived from the original on 9 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Lydeard, C.; Cowie, R.; Ponder, W.F.; et al. (April 2004). "The global decline of nonmarine mollusks" (PDF). BioScience. 54: 321–330. doi:10.1641/0006-3568(2004)054[0321:TGDONM]2.0.CO;2. Retrieved 20 Oct 2009. 
  4. ^ Dayrat B. (2009) "Review of the current knowledge of the systematics of Onchidiidae (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Pulmonata) with a checklist of nominal species". Zootaxa 2068: 1–26. preview
  5. ^ Strong E. E., Gargominy O., Ponder W. F. & Bouchet P. (2008). "Global Diversity of Gastropods (Gastropoda; Mollusca) in Freshwater". Hydrobiologia 595: 149–166. hdl:10088/7390 doi:10.1007/s10750-007-9012-6.
  6. ^ Winckworth R. (1942). "Obituary. Edwin Ashby, 1861-1941". Proceedings of the Malacological Society of London 25(1): 2-4. PDF. (subscription required)
  7. ^ a b c Coan E. V., Kabat A. R. & Petit R. E. (15 February 2009). 2,400 years of malacology, 6th ed., 830 pp. & 32 pp. [Annex of Collations]. American Malacological Society.
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  13. ^ "A. Myra Keen Interview". Record Unit 9527. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  14. ^ Jensen K. R. (2008). "Jørgen Knudsen’s birthday". Unitas Malacologica Newsletter 26: page 7.
  15. ^ "Dr. Heinz A. Kollmann zum 65. Geburtstag". Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien 106A: 3–11. PDF.
  16. ^ (Hungarian) (English) Fûköh L. (2010). "In memoriam Dr. Krolopp Endre (1935–2010)". Malacological Newsletter 28: 5-19. PDF.
  17. ^ Robertson R. (1987). "Virginia Orr Maes (1920–1986): Biography and <Malacological Bibliography". Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 139: 527-532.
  18. ^ Davis, George M. (2014). "A Tribute to Dick Petit 1931-2013". Malacologia. 57 (1): 247–248. doi:10.4002/040.057.0101. 
  19. ^ Fehér Z. (2002). "In memoriam Pintér László (1942–2002)". Malacological Newsletter 20: 5–6. PDF.
  20. ^ Johnson, C. W. (1898). "Ellwood Pleas". Nautilus. 11 (10): 114–115. 
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  23. ^ (German) (English) Frank C. (2010). "In memoriam dr. Hartwig Schütt 15.06.1923 (Kiel) – 14.12.2009 (Düsseldorf)". Malacological Newsletter 28: 21-24. PDF.
  24. ^ (Russian) Khlebovich V. V. (2005). [In memoriam of Yaroslav I. Starobogatov". Ruthenica 14: 105-106. abstract
  25. ^ (German) Adensamer W. (1936). "Hofrat Dr. Rudolf Sturany. Ein Nachruf." Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien 47: 59-60. PDF.
  26. ^ Alan R. Kabat, Richard I. Johnson (January 2008) "Dwight Willard Taylor (1932–2006): 'His Life And Malacological Research". Malacologia 50(1): 175–218 doi:10.4002/0076-2997-50.1.175
  27. ^ Barbosa A. F., Delhey V. K. & Coan E. V. (January 2008) "Molluscan Names And Malacological Contributions Of Wolfgang Karl Weyrauch (1907–1970) With A Brief Biography". Malacologia 50(1) doi:10.4002/0076-2997-50.1.265.
  28. ^ "Martha Burton Woodhead Williamson Papers, 1849-1922". SIA Acc. 06-121. Smithsonian Institution Archives. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 

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