Banded wedge shell: Donax variegatus

Shells from George Montagu’s collection (syntypes Moll3720, Moll3721, Moll3722).

Montagu described these specimens as Donax complanatus in Montagu G 1803. Testacea Britannica. Part 1. p. 106–107, Tab. 5, fig. 4.

For more information see Oliver PG, Morgenroth H (2018) Additional Type and other Notable specimens of Mollusca from the Montagu Collection in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter. Zoosystematics and Evolution 94(2): 281-303. This article is open access.

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
banded wedge shell: Donax variegatus
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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DONACIDAE: Donax variegatus : banded wedge shell