A Lesson in Bioluminescence

A Lesson in Bioluminescence Curator of Mollusks Liz Shea, Ph.D. has been working hard on new exhibits for the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, including Diel Vertical Migration and Submersible Interactive exhibits. Diel Vertical Migration is a form of migration when organisms move to the uppermost layer of the sea during the night, [...]

2021-03-15T15:05:39-04:00March 12th, 2021|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Museum Metamorphosis|

Florida’s Living Jewels

Liguus fasciatus, or “living jewels,” are colorful tree snails living in southern Florida, Cuba, and Hispaniola. There are more than 50 different named color varieties. In the Florida Everglades, they are found in hardwood hammocks, which are dry habitats with hardwood trees at a higher elevation than most of the Everglades. DMNH has thousands [...]

2021-01-25T12:34:03-05:00January 25th, 2021|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

From the Archives: Collectors help the Museum crack the case of a missing specimen

Shell shock: Collectors help the Museum crack the case of a missing specimen Forty-seven years ago, celebrated shell collector Jack Lightbourn hauled a new species up with his large catch of mollusks off the coast of Bermuda. The prime sample of the species, later named C. lightbourni, was sent to [...]

Mobilizing millions of marine mollusks

Mobilizing millions of marine mollusks DMNH has teamed up with scientists at several major museums and universities for a $2.3 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to digitize data for more than 4.5 million marine mollusk specimens such as mussels, oysters, clams, and snails collected along the Eastern seaboard from the U.S.-Canada [...]

2020-12-16T10:52:53-05:00December 16th, 2020|DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

Belemnites: Delaware’s State Fossil

Belemnites are fossil cephalopods related to the squids, octopods and cuttlefish that live in the ocean today. Belemnites went extinct at the same time as the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago, but their fossil remains are easy to find at the C&D Canal. Belemnitella americana was named the State [...]

2020-07-03T15:52:02-04:00July 2nd, 2020|Blog, Delaware Nature, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

Fishy Behavior: Modeling a snack for a Giant Squid

Fishy Behavior: Modeling a snack for a Giant Squid The giant squid (Architeuthis dux) in the Museum’s atrium has become one of our iconic exhibits, with thousands gazing up to it in wonder every year. Look up, and you’ll see an orange roughy fish (Hoplostethus atlanticus), trying desperately to avoid the grasp of the [...]

2020-05-11T18:51:38-04:00March 30th, 2020|Blog, delmnh at home, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks, Uncategorized|

Natural History Specimen data are coming to a classroom near you

Natural History Specimen data are coming to a classroom near you Theresa Tran, Biology student at Widener University, geolocating a mollusk specimen to determine where it was collected. Have you ever wondered who uses the Museum’s specimens and their information? The Museum and Widener University have just received funding from the [...]

2021-03-17T15:55:18-04:00October 17th, 2019|Birds, Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

DMNH’S Mollusk Collection

Curator Of Mollusks, Elizabeth Shea The Museum’s mollusk collection is the tenth largest in the United States, according to a study published in the December 2018 edition of the American Malacological Bulletin. Curator of Mollusks Elizabeth Shea, Ph.D. co-authored the paper with colleagues from the Field Museum of Natural History and the Academy [...]

2019-02-21T13:01:57-05:00February 21st, 2019|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|

National Fossil Day: Spotlight on Alex Kittle

By Alisha Solaiman For National Fossil Day, we're shining the spotlight on our Collections Manager and invertebrate paleontologist, Alex Kittle. His interest in the field grew when he took a summer course in paleontology at Georgia College. His class traveled for about a month to Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and the Badlands of [...]

2018-10-17T12:57:59-04:00October 17th, 2018|Blog, DMNH Spotlight, Mollusks|
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