This page searches the databases of the Malacology Section (Department of Invertebrate Zoology) - holding living mollusks - and the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology - holding fossil mollusks. The results of the searches are labeled LACM for Malacology or LACMIP for Invertebrate Paleontology specimens.
Searches can be performed using three different input values to restrict the search. The joint database is searchable by:
Catalog number: This is the catalogue number of a particular lot. LACMIP numbers contain the locality number followed by a dash and the lot number within that locality. For example 437-397 corresponds to the lot 397 collected in the locality 437. LACM numbers are either series of digits or combinations of digits, dashes and dots. For instance, a number such as 67-50.12 represents the year of collection (1967), the 50th station entered that year and the 12th lot from that station to be computerized and tied to an identification.
Family: This is the family name to which a lot belongs. LACMIP follows the systematic arrangement by ITIS (November 2003) with modifications. LACM follows the classification by Vaught (1989 - A classification of the living Mollusca) with modifications.
Scientific name: This is the terminal identification value for each lot. For fully identified lots this would be the species name to which the lot belongs. If a lot is unidentified to the species level other inputs such as common family name or genus name may produce results. For example "muricid" or "murex" would bring lots of members of the family Muricidae or the genus Murex that remain unidentified to species level.
Author: This is the name and date of the author/s of species names.
Type status: Primary and secondary types are included in the database with their status.
Locality: This is the field that contains all the geographic information tied to the lots. There are several levels of locality data, country, state/province, county/parish, city/town, and specific localities (beaches, mountains, landmarks, etc.). Numerous LACM lots only contain limited geographic information, such as country or ocean.