She sells seashells etc.
November 14, 2011 1:18 PM Subscribe
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Do you like bivalves? Do you like Britain? Then Marine Bivalve Shells of the British Isles
is the site for you!
If you need some background information to get going, the site provides brief profiles of the pioneers of mollusca studies
such as Emanuel da Costa (one of the first to bowdlerise Linnaeus' original licentious nomenclature
for bivalvular anatomy) and John Gwyn Jeffreys - some of the important texts are available on archive.org as somewhat chunky PDFs, such as da Costa's Historia Naturalis Testaceorum Britanniæ
, or William Turton's Conchylia Insularum Britannicarum
, both of which have several gorgeous illustrations of bivalves towards the end of the texts. On a more technical note, there is also an introduction to shell structure
, which is, it seems, far more complex than I had imagined. But the main point of the site is to catalogue British bivalves, which you can browse by habitat: for each species, from the oddly-shaped
to the truly tiny
to the unpleasantly spiky
to the whorled and beautiful
, there is a page detailing its anatomy and habitat.