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Mollusc Collection

"Exploring the Fascinating World of Molluscs

Background imageMollusc Collection: Clam, mussel, oyster, scallop, etc

Clam, mussel, oyster, scallop, etc
Varieties of bivalve molluscs including clam, Tridacna, mussel, Mytilus, oyster, Ostrea, pen shell, Pinna, jingle shell, Anomia, and scallop, Pecten

Background imageMollusc Collection: Roman seafood mosaic

Roman seafood mosaic. Mosaics consist of small pieces of coloured glass or stone, used to form an image or pattern on a floor or wall

Background imageMollusc Collection: Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province

Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar - Under UV
CAN-3851 Fossil ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar - Under UV light Desmoceras spp

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranch / Sea Slug - Purple

Nudibranch / Sea Slug - Purple
KA-250 Nudibranch / Sea Slug - Purple Mediterranean Sea Mollusca Kurt Amsler Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Giant octopus

Giant octopus
Plate 26 from Histoire naturelle des Mollusques by Count Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon, 1805

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranch

Nudibranch (Gymnodoris aurita). Nudibranchs are shell-less marine molluscs that live in seas around the world. Here the external gills (top) can be seen which give the nudibranch its name

Background imageMollusc Collection: Octopus

Octopus
jealousy

Background imageMollusc Collection: Extinct marine reptiles

Extinct marine reptiles
Sheet 1 of a series of posters called Extinct Animals by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins c. 1862. This collection of marine reptiles lived during the Jurassic period between 200

Background imageMollusc Collection: Asteroceras, fossil ammonite

Asteroceras, fossil ammonite
A 16 cm diameter specimen of the Jurassic ammonite Asteroceras from the Lower Jurassic of Dorset, England

Background imageMollusc Collection: Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish
AUS-541 Cuttlefish Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia Sepia sp. Dr David Wachenfeld / Auscape / ardea.com Auscape Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranch (Janolus cristatus) Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea

Nudibranch (Janolus cristatus) Vela Luka, Korcula Island, Croatia, Adriatic Sea, Mediterranean

Background imageMollusc Collection: Octopus

Octopus
Watercolour 401 by the Port Jackson Painter, from the Watling Collection

Background imageMollusc Collection: Giant African Snail

Giant African Snail
ASW-2144 Giant African land SNAIL Achatina sp. Alan J. S. Weaving Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Cone Shell - deadly poisonous mollusc. Tropical marine

Cone Shell - deadly poisonous mollusc. Tropical marine
PM-10480 Cone Shell - deadly poisonous mollusc Tropical marine Conus sp. venomous Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Giant African Snails: mating, exchanging love darts'. Widely distributed in the tropics

Giant African Snails: mating, exchanging love darts'. Widely distributed in the tropics
PM-10261 Giant African Snails: mating, exchanging love darts'. Widely distributed in the tropics Achatina sp Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: Giant Squid VT 7670 Illustration In profile Architeuthis © Valerie Taylor / ARDEA LONDON

Giant Squid VT 7670 Illustration In profile Architeuthis © Valerie Taylor / ARDEA LONDON
VT-7670 Giant Squid Illustration Architeuthis Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Giant Pacific Octopus - Alaska to California

Giant Pacific Octopus - Alaska to California
KEL-192 GIANT PACIFIC OCTOPUS Giant Pacific Octopus - Alaska to California Octopus dofleini Ken Lucas Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: Oyster Shell With artificial pearl

Oyster Shell With artificial pearl
FEU-462 Oyster Shell With artificial pearl Geoff du Feu Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Vampire Squid. Going in to 'pineapple' defensive posture. California USA

Vampire Squid. Going in to "pineapple" defensive posture. California USA
DOW-291-N Vampire Squid - going into pineapple defense posture California, USA Vampyroteuthis infernalis Steve Downer Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province

Fossil ammonite- Desmoceras spp. -Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar
CAN-3850 Fossil ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian Stage - Mahajanga Province - Madagascar Desmoceras spp. John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: Fossil Ammonite - Cleoniceras sp. - Cretaceous - Madagascar

Fossil Ammonite - Cleoniceras sp. - Cretaceous - Madagascar
CAN-3844 Fossil Ammonite Upper Early Cretaceous - Albian stage - Mahajanga province - Madagascar - cross-section Cleoniceras sp

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranch (sea slug) (Chromodoris coil) Unlike most snails, nudibranchs have no shell & their

Nudibranch (sea slug) (Chromodoris coil) Unlike most snails, nudibranchs have no shell & their delicate gills are
AUS-1846 Nudibranch (sea slug) (Chromodoris coil) Unlike most snails, nudibranchs have no shell & their delicate gills are exposed. Without a shell, they rely on toxic chemicals for self-defence

Background imageMollusc Collection: Janthina violacea, violet snail

Janthina violacea, violet snail
Watercolour 398 by Thomas Watling, entitled Boala, from the Watling Collection

Background imageMollusc Collection: Ammonite fossil, SEM

Ammonite fossil, SEM
Ammonite fossil, coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). Ammonites were invertebrates and lived in the sea. They were molluscs that formed a spiral shell to protect their soft body

Background imageMollusc Collection: Common Octopus, Atlantic and Mediterranean. Shows special rectangular pupil

Common Octopus, Atlantic and Mediterranean. Shows special rectangular pupil
PM-404 Common Octopus Atlantic and Mediterranean Octopus vulgaris Shows special rectangular pupil and double row of sensitive suckers along the arms

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranch - Pink Nudibranchs in a group mating bunch Ternate, Indonesia

Nudibranch - Pink Nudibranchs in a group mating bunch Ternate, Indonesia
VT-8355 Nudibranch - Pink Nudibranchs in a group mating bunch Ternate, Indonesia Chromodoris sp. Valerie & Ron Taylor Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: Fossil Ammonite (Speetoniceras) - Russia - Cretaceous

Fossil Ammonite (Speetoniceras) - Russia - Cretaceous
CAN-2454 Fossil Ammonite (Speetoniceras) Russia - Cretaceous John Cancalosi Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Snail teeth

Snail teeth

Background imageMollusc Collection: RF - Ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus mototi) swimming up from the sea floor

RF - Ocellate octopus (Amphioctopus mototi) swimming up from the sea floor. Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Lembeh Strait, Molucca Sea

Background imageMollusc Collection: Common Snail - on Bergenia leaf

Common Snail - on Bergenia leaf
FEU-691 Common Snail - on Bergenia leaf Helix aspersa Geoff du Feu Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Common Octopus

Common Octopus
LA-1499 Common OCTOPUS Distribution: Found Worldwide in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters. Octopus Vulgaris Jean Michel Labat Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only

Background imageMollusc Collection: RF - Composite image of tropical nudibranchs on a black background showing variety

RF - Composite image of tropical nudibranchs on a black background showing variety and abundance of nudibranch species, Indo-Pacific

Background imageMollusc Collection: Pharaoh Cuttlefish - warm waters, Indo-Pacific

Pharaoh Cuttlefish - warm waters, Indo-Pacific
PM-10481 Pharaoh Cuttlefish - warm waters Indo-Pacific. Sepia pharaonis Pat Morris Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) resting on top of the two halves of an old

Veined octopus (Amphioctopus marginatus) resting on top of the two halves of an old clam shell on the sandy seabed. These octopus regularly carry pieces of shell so they can use them as protective

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranch (Phyllidia marindica), Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. December

Nudibranch (Phyllidia marindica), Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. December

Background imageMollusc Collection: Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids

Nudibranchs (Doto greenamyeri) newly described species on feather hydroids. Seraya Bay, north coast of Bali, Indonesia. Java Sea

Background imageMollusc Collection: Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a

Portrait of Bigfin squid (Sepioteuthis lessoniana) hovering in open water above a coral reef at night. Dampier Strait, Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia. Tropical West Pacific Ocean

Background imageMollusc Collection: Sir Joseph Banks herbarium and library at Soho Square

Sir Joseph Banks herbarium and library at Soho Square
Sir Joseph Banks herbarium and part library in his house at 32 Soho Square, London. It remained there until 1827 when it was moved to the British Museum at Montagu House

Background imageMollusc Collection: Electric fileclam / Disco clam (Ctenoides ales). West Papua, Indonesia

Electric fileclam / Disco clam (Ctenoides ales). West Papua, Indonesia. Indo-West Pacific

Background imageMollusc Collection: 1, animal, animals, aquatic, belauensis, blue, bodies, body, cephalopod, cephalopods

1, animal, animals, aquatic, belauensis, blue, bodies, body, cephalopod, cephalopods
Palau Nautilus (Nautilus belauensis), Palau, Micronesia, Pacific

Background imageMollusc Collection: Squid (Abraliopsis atlantica) deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde

Squid (Abraliopsis atlantica) deep sea species from Atlantic Ocean off Cape Verde. Captive

Background imageMollusc Collection: Argonauta hians, brown paper nautilus

Argonauta hians, brown paper nautilus
A pair of brown paper nautilus (Argonauta hians). This delicate-shelled cephalopod is distributed in warm seas globally

Background imageMollusc Collection: Ammonites

Ammonites. Computer artwork of ammonites in the sea during the Devonian period. This lasted from around 408 to 360 million years ago

Background imageMollusc Collection: Garden Snail - adult with baby on its back Digital Manipulation: enhanced colour

Garden Snail - adult with baby on its back Digital Manipulation: enhanced colour, lightened background
JD-6707-M-C Garden Snail - adult with baby on its back Helix aspersa John Daniels Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Banana Slug - Gastropoda. Half Moon Bay, California, USA

Banana Slug - Gastropoda. Half Moon Bay, California, USA
KEL-796 Banana Slug - Gastropoda. Half Moon Bay, California, USA Ariolimax columbianus Ken Lucas Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Common Large Garden Slug - On lettuce UK garden

Common Large Garden Slug - On lettuce UK garden
SPH-3365 Common Large Garden Slug - On lettuce UK garden Arion ater Steve Hopkin Please note that prints are for personal display purposes only and may not be reproduced in any way

Background imageMollusc Collection: Striped Pyjama Squid - Small Pyjama squid surrounded by Mysid shrimp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales

Striped Pyjama Squid - Small Pyjama squid surrounded by Mysid shrimp, Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia
AU-00333-TED Striped Pyjama SQUID - surrounded by Mysid shrimp Jervis Bay, New South Wales, Australia, Pacific Ocean Sepioloidea lineolata Auscape Please note that prints are for personal display

Background imageMollusc Collection: Bali seashell gleaner, Kuta

Bali seashell gleaner, Kuta
Bali seashell gleaner. Silhouette of woman with head scarf bending over to gather shells in the shallow seawater near Kuta Date: 1989



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"Exploring the Fascinating World of Molluscs: From Roman Seafood Mosaics to Extinct Marine Reptiles" Dive into history with a mesmerizing Roman seafood mosaic featuring various mollusc species. Uncover the secrets of time with a fossil ammonite, Desmoceras spp. , dating back to the Upper Early Cretaceous period in Madagascar's Mahajanga Province. Witness nature's vibrant artwork as you encounter a stunning purple nudibranch or sea slug gracefully gliding through the ocean depths. Delve into legends and myths surrounding the elusive giant octopus, an awe-inspiring creature that has captivated human imagination for centuries. Marvel at an oyster shell containing an artificial pearl, showcasing both nature's beauty and mankind's ingenuity in creating precious gems. Embark on an underwater adventure off Croatia's Korcula Island and spot the exquisite nudibranch Janolus cristatus in its natural habitat within the Adriatic Sea. Reflect on Earth's ancient past as you come across fossils of extinct marine reptiles, reminding us of their once-dominant presence millions of years ago. Admire the intricate patterns displayed by Asteroceras, a fossil ammonite that reveals glimpses into prehistoric oceans' biodiversity and evolution. Transport yourself to Madagascar again with another fascinating fossil ammonite called Cleoniceras sp. , originating from the Cretaceous period. Encounter one of nature's masters of disguise - witness a cuttlefish effortlessly blend into its surroundings using camouflage techniques perfected over millennia. Ride along with an ocellate octopus swimming up from the sea floor, showcasing its remarkable ability to adapt and survive in diverse marine environments. Discover one of Africa’s largest gastropods – meet the Giant African Snail known for its impressive size and distinctive spiral shell.