Arizona State University Mollusk Collection (ASU-ASUMOC)

The ASU Mollusk Collection consists primarily of two collections donated by Chester W. Melville in 1966 (approximately 40,000 shells) and Edwin C. Roworth in 1982 (approximately 122,000 shells), with a collection of fossil shells donated by H. Kennedy and a few other small collections by several other individuals. For further information and to arrange a visit or loan, please contact Director of Biocollections Dr. Nico Franz (, Volunteer Curator Dale Snyder (, or Collection Manager Dr. Sangmi Lee (
Contacts: Dale Snyder,
Collection Manager: Sangmi Lee, SLEE281@ASU.EDU (ORCID #: 0000-0002-9636-8242)
Collection Type: Preserved Specimens
Management: Live Data managed directly within data portal
Global Unique Identifier: 9601a6ab-d45a-4263-831b-11903d717a39
Digital Metadata: EML File
Collection Statistics
  • 2,004 specimen records
  • 1,412 (70%) georeferenced
  • 1 (0.05%) with images (3 total images)
  • 1,557 (78%) identified to species
  • 4 families
  • 66 genera
  • 187 species
  • 250 total taxa (including subsp. and var.)
Extra Statistics
Geographic Distribution
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