South African Mollusca Database

Welcome to the South African Mollusca Database

The South African Mollusca Database is a non profit private endeavour which attempts to address all Marine, Terrestrial and Freshwater molluscs that have been legitimately located and described within the boundaries of South Africa and is aligned with the World Marine Species database wherever possible. The listed and described species are extended to include alien species introduced into the environment. This endevour has only focused on the shell bearing mollusca to date, but will expand to all SA mollusca in the future.


This site is not currently available or discoverable within the general Internet Community, as numerous permissions and copyright challenges first need to be addressed. Modifications to coding and content is an ongoing occurrence, but will occur with the minimum of impact to those persons that are aware of it and utilising the database.


This research is based upon access to scientific documentation, websites devoted to the topic and collectors within the South African borders. Errors and misidentifications can and do occur, however, the integrity of the database information is based on access to the most current information available, as well as the constructive inputs of the interested community. Constructive inputs for improving the website, as well as your own images and descriptions will always be welcomed.


Current Database listings can be downloaded in an MS Excel 2007 format, using the Downloads Tab


Each species listed has a unique Catalogue number which will always be associated with the species, no matter how often the Taxa information is altered. In addition, Status and Environment indicators are associated with these entries in order to indicate the accepted status of the species in South Africa and the environment in which it resides. Explanations of each Status and Environment can be viewed on the Help Tab.


This website will resolve older taxon naming to the most recent WoRMS recognised taxon usage. If it does not, then it is not aware of the naming that you are utilising and will benefit from an update from you.


Descriptions currently available for the species are based on, or extracted "as-is" from numerous publications, ranging from the 1700s to the current day. The publications and authors are accredited accordingly. Images are currently largely copied from Internet sites, however, these are in the process of being replaced by images from my own and other collectors collections. Participation by any interested party is encouraged, in order to ensure the highest integrity and quality level for the database.


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