White piddock

Piddock shells from George Montagu’s collection. (Moll3648, Moll3650, Moll3651)

Piddocks burrow into soft rocks (e.g. clay and sandstone). As they grow they enlarge their burrow to fit - they will in habit the same burrow for their entire lives.

In January 2020 the Montagu Collection was awarded Designated status by Arts Council England. This mark of distinction recognises the collection’s international significance to the scientific community - it is the most intact and taxonomically important collection of British shells of the early 19th century (1800-1816) to be found anywhere in the UK.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
Collection Class
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
Montagu, Colonel George (from the collection of)
Common Name
white piddock
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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PHOLADIDAE: Barnea candida (Linnaeus): white piddock