Mollusks & Crustaceans

About the Collection

The mollusks and crustaceans collection contains nearly 18,000 lots, some of which date to 1875. The majority of specimens are freshwater mollusks collected in Minnesota, and represent an important Upper Midwest Collection. All specimens are entered into a database searchable by collection staff. The collection also contains the old Minneapolis Library collection of Indo-Pacific mollusks. Specimens are stored as shells or in ethanol.

For more information on the collection, please contact the Interim Curator, Dr. Andrew Simons, at, or at 612-624-6292.

Donation Guidelines

Thank you for depositing material at the Bell Museum of Natural History. To maximize the scientific utility of your specimens we need accurate collection information.

I. The following must be included for each site that material was collected from:

  • Country, State, County
  • Township, Range, Section or Latitude and Longitude
  • Watershed, River/Stream
  • Collector and affiliation
  • Collection date(s)
  • General site description
  • Nearest town
  • Copy of collection permit or permit number and agency
  • For lots with multiple bags, provide locality information in each bag.

II. We would also appreciate the following additional information with your submission(s):

  • River mile
  • Ecological information or other comments
  • Brief description of specimens (wet or dry material & approximate quantity)
  • Identifier if specimens have been identified

III. Please submit resulting publications or reports based on voucher material for our file.

IV. Include the following contact information with your specimens:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Affiliation
  • email/telephone 

Please contact Dr. Andrew Simons, at, or at 612-624-6292 with any questions regarding these guidelines. Thank you again for your contributions to the Bell Museum of Natural History.

The following people work together to produce useful resources for public, scientific, and academic use.
Interim Curator:
Dr. Andrew Simons, 
100 Ecology Bldg., 1987 Upper Buford Circle, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-6292
Collection Manager: Jonathan Slaght (2004- present)
Volunteer Research Assistant: Mark C. Hove (1990-present)

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas

Over 400,000 scientific records and up to 175,000 high-resolution images make up our extensive online database.

This searchable interface integrates data on birds, mammals, fishes, plants, and fungi to provide public collections access and enhance agencies' capacity to perform a range of activities from biological surveys to conservation planning.