Martin Collection

Martin Collection

Naturalis houses the probably largest collection in the world of cainozoic molluscs from Indonesia. The most important part of it is the so-called Martin Collection of fossil shells from Java. The materials were collected between 1845 and 1910 by a.o. Franz Junghuhn, Pieter van Dijk, Rogier Verbeek, Karl Martin and his wife Hillegonda Martin-Icke. Thanks to the extensive taxonomical studies of Martin and his wife the Martin Collection has become a frequently consulted key collection for South-East Asian molluscs, fossil and recent. It contains nearly 2000 type lots of hundreds of species. Data on all samples and photographs of all types can be consulted via the Bioportal. Also available online are two versions of the type catalogue: (version 2002) and (version 2009).

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