Collection:

The Museum has a very rich and varied collection from all parts of the world. Although shells from India's seashores constitute a substantial part the collection the museum has a very sizable number of specimens from all over. One can find in the Museum shells from seas like Australian/Zealandic, Caribbean, Californian, Peruvian, Mediterranean, Carolinian, North Atlantic, Patagonian, South African, Panamic, Indo-Pacific and Japonic. It thus has shells from seas around North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Living species of seashells are termed as common, uncommon and rare depending on their surviving population. The Museum has a very large number of uncommon and rare shells as well. From gastropoda to bivalvia, from the largest to some of the smallest (one needs a magnifying glass to see the details), from the most colourful to the completely drab, from most intricately architectured to the plainest-looking, from the most common to the most rare and uncommon- the Museum has specimens of all kinds. It also has the largest gastropoda- 'the Australian Trumpet' from the Australian region and the largest bivalvia- 'The Giant Clam' from the Indian Ocean. 'The Glory of India' from the rare variety and the 'The Great Indian Chank', indispensable to ablutions and celebrations are from amongst the prized possessions of the Museum.


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