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.
Moll4280
Collection Class
Molluscs
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