Land snail shell (Subulina octona)

Colonel George Montagucirca 1800

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery
Exeter, United Kingdom

This species was introduced as British by Pulteney (1799) and and others including Montagu, but Montagu (1808) was reluctant to accept this species as British. It appears that specimens were in circulation in the early 19th century as they are in a number of collections. The label gives the source as 'Mr Dillwin, Bantry Bay' which coincides with Dillwyn’s visit to Ellen Hutchins the Irish botanist in 1809. It is not known if they were collected from sites in the UK or from collections brought back from its native Caribbean.


  • Title: Land snail shell (Subulina octona)
  • Creator: Colonel George Montagu
  • Creator Lifespan: 1753/1815
  • Date Created: circa 1800
  • Location Created: Caribbean
  • Subject Keywords: snail, shell, natural history, conchology, alien species, mollusc

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