Mollusk museum

Mollusk Museum at the Department of Social and Environmental Medicine, Faculty of Tropical medicine, Mahidol University was initially established following those parasitological research activities of Faculty of Tropical Medicine as a reference collection of snails investigated for their medical importance. Snail collection became more numbers after obtaining Dr. Rolf A. M. Brandt’s collection donated to the Faculty in 1973. His unique collection of snails included fresh- and brackish-water snails of Thailand which he had intensively surveyed during April 1962 to February 1971, and of Southeast Asian countries where he visited. Snail specimens are also increased more and more by obtaining from some collaborated scientists and from research activities of Department staff.

With an Institution Strengthening Grant from the World Health Organization Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases in late 1978, the Mollusk Museum was officially established as a reference museum of mollusks in order to serve the objectives of the Applied Malacology Center in Southeast Asia. Systematic arrangements of snail collection in the Mollusk Museum had been processed after the Department staff attending the course of Biology of Mollusk and practicing their work in the Museum of Mollusk at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the United States during late 1979 to 1981.

Systematic arrangement including identification to genus and species of snails collected in the Mollusk Museum of the Faculty of Tropical Medicine was revised and corrected in 1981 by the world professional malacologist, Professor John B. Burch of the University of Michigan, U.S.A. In addition, identification key for the fresh – and brackish – water snails of Thailand was also prepared through his expertise and published in 1983.

The collection of freshwater and brackish water mollusk shells was systematically stored and displayed in family category. The specimens were registered and labeled the catalog number, Taxon name (Family, Genus and Species), Province, specific locality and collection date.



Mollusk Museum
6th floor, Chamlong Harinasutra building
Department of Social and Environmental Medicine
Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University
Tel. 0-2306-9100-19  ext. 1567 Curator: Yanin Limpanont    

The collection contains more than 1,700 records of more than 37,000 shells which belong to 19 families of Gastropod and 5 families of Pelecypod.  The first specimen was collected since 1963 and currently, the 1,718 records represent 248 species of mollusks from every part of the country.

List of the available mollusk Family in Mollusk Museum, Department of Social and Environmental Medicine

Gastropod Pelecypod
1.  Ampullariidae 1. Amblemidae
2.  Assimineidae 2.  Corbiculidae
3.  Bithyniidae 3.  Mytilidae
4.  Buccinidae 4.  Novaculidae
5.  Ellobiidae 5.  Pisidiidae
6.  Hydrobiidae  
7.  Iravadiidae  
8.  Littorinidae  
9.  Lymnaeidae  
10. Muricidae  
11. Neritidae  
12. Planorbidae  
13. Pleuroceridae  
14. Pomatiopsidae  
15. Potamididae  
16. Stenothyridae  
17. Thiaridae  
18. Tornidae  
19. Viviparidae  


The Mollusk Shells were collected from 54 Provinces of Thailand since 1963.
List of the provinces the shells were collected

Ang Thong, Bangkok, Burirum, Chachoengsao, Chai Nat, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Chumphon, Kalasin, Kamphaeng Phet, Kanchanaburi, Khon Kaen, Krabi, Lampang, Lamphun, Loei, Lop Buri, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Pathom, Nakhon Phanom, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Nan, Nong Khai, Phang-Nga, Phetchabun, Phetchaburi, Phitsanulok, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Phrae, Prachin Buri, Ranong, Ratchaburi, Rayong, Roi Et, Sakon Nakhon, Samut Prakan, Saraburi, Satun, Songkhla, Si Sa Ket, Sukhothai, Suphan Buri, Surat Thani, Surin, Tak, Trat, Trang, Ubon Ratchathani, Udon Thani


Last updated: May 5, 2017