We have regular requests from many scientists to examine specimens in our collections. It is often preferable to send photographs to scientists instead of actual specimens. Many scientists even prefer that we send them photographs. This strategy also gives the specimens greater protection from damage and loss.
The advances in digital photography mean that nowadays we can often provide better photographs than appeared in the publications where species were originally described. The Natural Sciences Department continues to provide photographs of shells deposited in our collections to scientists across the World. During 2020 and the beginning of 2021 we published the third paper on name-bearing types deposited in the Museum with illustrations of 20 species. We also provided photographs of 55 other shells to scientists in South Africa, Mauritius, Brazil, Italy and France. Few examples are below.
Amblychilepas platyactis McLean & Kilburn, 1986. Holotype. Scale bar: 10 mm.
Sukashitrochus maraisi Herbert, 1986. Holotype. Scale bar: 1 mm.
Typhinellus amoenus (Houart, 1994). Holotype. Scale bar: 20 mm.
Chicoreus ramosus (Linnaeus, 1758). Scale bar: 50 mm.