Swan mussel: Anodonta anatina

Shell from George Montagu’s collection (syntypes Moll4037, Moll4038).

Montagu described this specimen as Mytilus avonensis in Montagu G 1803. Testacea Britannica. Part 1. p. 172–173, not figured.

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
swan mussel: Anodonta anatina
Simple Name
mollusc: mussel
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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UNIONIDAE: Anodonta anatina (Linnaeus, 1758): duck mussel