False bean clam

Shells from George Montagu’s collection.

Montagu described both under Tellina bimaculata and stated that he got shells from Mr Bryer collected between Weymouth and Portland. Both EXEMSMoll4280 & 4282 are Heterodonax bimaculata (Linnaeus, 1758) a Caribbean shell.

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
Collector Excavator
Montagu, Colonel George (from the collection of)
Common Name
false bean clam
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)

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PSAMMOBIIDAE: Heterodonax bimaculatus [Linn]: false bean clam