Shell, Raphitoma purpurea

Description
Shells from George Montagu’s collection (paralectotypes).

Montagu described these specimens as Murex purpureus in Montagu G 1803. Testacea Britannica. Part 1 p. 260-261, Tab. 9, fig 3.

For more information see Oliver, P.G. et al. Type specimens of Mollusca described by Col. George Montagu in the Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter and The Natural History Museum, London. Zoosystematics and Evolution 2018. This paper 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.
Accession Loan No.
Moll4258
Collection Class
Molluscs
Common Name
shell, Raphitoma purpurea
Simple Name
mollusc: shell
Full Name
RAPHITOMIDAE: Raphitoma purpurea (Montagu, 1803)
Period Classification
George III (1760-1811)
Family Group

Collector / Excavator
Montagu, Colonel George (from the collection of)
Collection Country
United Kingdom
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
MOLLUSCA
Family
RAPHITOMIDAE
Genus
Raphitoma
Species
purpurea

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