Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Villosa delumbis (Conrad, 1834)

Kevin S. Cummings

Illinois Natural History Survey
1816 S Oak St.
Champaign, IL 61820
217-333-1623 (office)
INHS Mollusk Collection
The MUSSEL Project





Freshwater Mollusk Researchers - A list of people interested in the studying and conservation of freshwater mollusks (maintained by Kevin Cummings, Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), Champaign. 
Famous Malacologists - Biographies and portraits of deceased malacologists - Kevin Cummings, INHS 
e-mail addresses for Congress - Just in case you have something to get off of your chest


Systematic Research Collections (Recent & Fossil Mollusca) - List of museum collections, curators, and collection managers from around the world. 
Illinois Natural History Mollusk Collection - Information on freshwater mollusks in Illinois and searchable collection database.


A Classification of the Mollusca - A family level classification of the Mollusca by Gary Rosenberg, Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia 
International Code of Zoological Nomenclature - 4th Edition


Freshwater Mollusk Bibliography - A searchable database of over 17,000 citations on freshwater mollusks worldwide. Compiled by Kevin Cummings, INHS, Champaign, Art Bogan, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, G. Thomas Watters, Ohio State University Museum of Biological Diversity, and Chirstine A. Mayer, INHS, Champaign

Alabama Mollusk Bibliography - Deborah Wills (1997)

Molluscan Journals - A list of the "Instructions for Authors" from a variety of malacological journals, Claus Hedegaard (, Museum of Paleontology, Valley Life Sciences Building, University of California, Berkeley, California

Triannual Unionid Reports - On-line versions of the old Tri-annual unionid reports compiled by Dick Biggins (USFWS).

Kansas Pearly Mussel Newsline - Brian Obermeyer (ed.)


Unio Gallery - Chris Barnhart's Southwest Missouri State Univesity - A wonderful page on mussel life history - with awesome photos, video and more!

Freshwater Molluscan Shells - Martin Kohl. Excellent overview of freshwater mollusks with some very nice pictures.

Conchology - Guido T. Poppe. An amazing site covering a wide variety of topics and an impressive gallery of worldwide mollusks (land, sea and freshwater).



Freshwater Mussel Genera of the World - Representative photos of the freshwater mussel genera of the world, Kevin Cummings, INHS


Alabama Mollusks by Deborah Wills

Field Guide to the Freshwater Snails of Florida - Dr. Fred Thompson, Florida Museum of Natural History

Northeast Florida Aquatic Mollusk Checklist - Harry Lee's inventory of the freshwater (including estuarine*) mollusks collected in Northeast Florida (the counties of Nassau, Duval, Clay, and St. Johns) by Harry G. Lee from 1975 to present.

Iowa Mussels - Kelly Arbuckle, Iowa State University, Ames

Kansas Mussels - Great Plains Nature Center

Freshwater Mussel Surveys in New Jersey New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection

North Carolina Atlas of Freshwater Mussels and Endangered Fishes - John Alderman, Judy Johnson, & LeighAnn McDougal, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commision

Dallas, Texas Freshwater Mussels - Very nice photos from the North Texas Conchological Society

Field Guide to Survey and Manage Freshwater Mollusk Species (Oregon & Washington) - Terry Frest & Edward J. Johannes (scroll down for a pdf file of the Field Guide)


Freshwater Molluscan Shells - Martin Kohl. Very nice pictures of South American species.


Checklist of Austrian Mollusca - Wolfgang Fischer, Vienna. This list was first published by P.L. Reischutz (1998) in Nachrichtenblatt der Ersten Vorarlberger Malakologischen Gesellschaft 6: 31-44.


Australian Shells - Patty Jansen, Capricornica Publications. A very nice site of marine shells from Australia.


Freshwater Mollusk Conservation Society

American MalacologicalSociety (AMS)

North American Benthological Society (NABS)

Conchologists of America (COA)


UNIO Listserver - an unmoderated Internet listserver focusing on the biology, ecology and evolution of freshwater unionid mussels. The list is sponsored by the Florida Institute of Technology and administered and managed by Rick Tankersley.

Conch-L - "a forum for conchologists, indeed, for anyone with an interest in mollusks, to discuss any topic related to conchology."

Molluscan Evolution Listserver - probably the best source for online academic discussions on mollusks.


Endangered Freshwater Mussel Species and Trade

Pearls - U.S. Geological Survey

EXOTIC SPECIES [not updated]

Zebra Mussel Bibliography - Sea Grant Zebra Mussel Biblio (Over 800 references with abstracts).

Zebra Mussel Research Program - U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Waterways Experiment Station

Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force - Another task force with many tasks - The Nation's Invasive Species Information System

Invasive Species Program of the USFWS - A busy bunch these


COA Articles Various authors from Concholgists of America

Freshwater Mussel - Doug Smith, University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Clamor Over Clams - Randy Kreil North Dakota Outdoors and

To Reproduce Mussels Go Fishing - Article by Adele Conover, Smithsonian Magazine, January 1998

Tennesee Freshwater Mussels: Treasures Past and Present - University of Tennessee, McClung Museum

Fun With Freshwater Mussels - Christine O'Brien and Buddy Tignor, USGS volunteers, Florida Caribbean Science Center, Gainesville, FL

Fun Facts About Freshwater Mussels - Renee Sherman Mulcrone, University of Michigan


Chris Barnhart - Southwest Missouri State University

Kevin Cummings - Illinois Natural History Survey - Louisiana State University

Ronald V. Dimock, Jr. - Wake Forest University, New Jersey

Daniel L. Graf - University of Alabama

Dan Hornbach - Malacalester College

David H. Kesler - Rhodes College, Tennessee

Guenter A. Schuster - Eastern Kentucky University

Harold Silverman - Louisiana State University

David L. Strayer - Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York

Richard Tankersley - Florida Institute of Technology


EPA Surf Your Watershed - Information on rivers across the U.S.

USGS Surface Water Data - Real Time data on stream flow, etc.

MICRA - Mississippi Interstate Cooperative Resource Association

American Rivers - Information on stream conservation


ACME Mapper - Topo, Satellite, Street Maps, etc. of the World.

Getty Thesaurus of Geographical Names - A searchable place names database from the Getty Research Institute.

U.S. - Information on a wide variety of topics for all of the counties in the U.S.

National - A wide variety of maps from our friends in the government.

Paleogeographic Atlas Project - Maps showing the relative placement of the land masses of earth through time

NASA's Visable Earth - Cool maps from NASA


Fishbase - A great resource for all things fishy.

North American Native Fishes Association - NANFA is dedicated to the enjoyment, study and conservation of the continent's native fishes.

American Society of Ichthyologists & Herpetologists (ASIH) - The place AFS members go to identify fish.

American Fisheries Society (AFS) - Fisheries

Introduced Fish Section of the American Fisheries Society - AFS committee on introduced fishes

USGS Nonindigenous Fish - United States Geological Survey


Ecology WWW Links - One Stop Shopping. As a volunteer service to students, teachers, researchers, and others interested in the science of ecology, this list was compiled by Anthony R. Brach (Missouri Botanical Garden & Harvard University Herbaria, U.S.A.). Jean Thioulouse (University of Lyon, France) created and maintained the HTML and search script from 1995-1998, and maintains a mirror site in France. Shunguo Liu created the current search engine and maintains a mirror site in Canada.

Links to Provincial and State Wildlife Agencies - A great link site from NANFA

SEARCH ENGINES AND OTHER STUFF - If you can't find it here it probably doesn't exist

Universal Currency Converter - How much is that in U.S. Dollars?

Language Translation - For those that can't remember their high school Spanish - A great resource for finding out-of-print malacological papers - Another resource for finding out-of-print books

International League of Antiquarian Booksellers - More old books

NHBS - Natural History Book Service

Hyriopsis bialatus Simpson, 1900

Western Anodonta

Carribean Archeological Specimens

Gravesite with Mussel Shells in Calloway County, Kentucky. Photo taken by Lawrence M. Page April 1988.

Flying Pig - Unoffical symbol of Conch-L

Research Institutions and Related Web Sites in Illinois

Prairie Research Institute

Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS)

Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS)

Illinois Department of Natural Resources

Illinois State Museum

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The State of Illinois

Illinois Natural History Survey

1816 South Oak Street, MC 652
Champaign, IL 61820

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