Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales, Colección de Malacología
The malacological collections of the MNCN house specimens belonging to the 7 molluscan Classes: Aplacophora, Poliplacophora, Monoplacophora, Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Cephalopoda and Scaphopoda. There are about 800.000 specimens (133,492 lots, from which 1092 correspond to type material) from terrestrial, marine and freshwater ecosystems. Specimens are stored and preserved in different ways: dry specimens, spirit, optical microscopical slides and scanning electron microscopy preparations. All these material is available for loans, study in situ and exhibitions. The geographical scope of the collections, although covering the whole planet, represents mainly faunas from the Iberian Peninsula, Philippines, Cuba, Ecuatorial Guinee and South America. There are 800 type taxa represented with 4.000 type specimens. The improving of the collection is continuous through research projects, loans and expeditions.