Sylvanus Charles Thorp Hanley (1819–1899) was a British conchologistand malacologist who published the first book on shells using the then new technique of photography. He authored Conchologia indica with William Theobald which was a treatise on the shells of British India. The plates were drawn and lithographed by George Brettingham Sowerby the younger, who was well known for writing and illustrating excellent works of natural history, especially conchological works. Sowerby became the best illustrator of conchological works of his time, illustrating such classics as Reeve's monumental twenty-volume Conchologia Iconica.
Sylvanus Hanley inherited a fortune, which enabled him to devote a lifetime to conchology. He was especially interested in the bivalves, on which he was a leading authority. He published over 40 books and scientific papers, and described over 200 new species.Hanley collected molluscs extensively; most of his collections are today held at Leeds City Museum in Yorkshire, England. Hanley collected over a period of 60 years, and corresponded frequently with many other naturalists of his time. He acquired several specimens of Unio, now extinct, for Isaac Lea. Several syntypes were collected by him for other leading contemporary biologists, including Arthur Adams, W.H. Dall, Henry B. Guppy, Richard Brinsley Hinds, Jeffries, Leath, Sven Ludvig Lovén, George Montagu, William Harper Pease, Rodolfo Amando Philippi and Tryon Reakirt.
The Hanley Collections, as it is called, forms one of the largest collections in Leeds City Museum, occupying 13 cabinets and 206 drawers.
Hanley Road and the now-lost Sylvanus Row, both in Islington, were named in honour of his father.His son was the painter Edgar Wilkins Hanley (1855–1886).
James Sowerby was an English naturalist, illustrator and mineralogist. Contributions to published works, such as A Specimen of the Botany of New Holland or English Botany, include his detailed and appealing plates. The use of vivid colour and accessible texts were intended to reach a widening audience in works of natural history. The standard author abbreviation Sowerby is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.
The Sowerby family was a British family of several generations of naturalists, illustrators, botanists, and zoologists active from the late 18th century to the mid twentieth century.
George Brettingham Sowerby I was a British naturalist, illustrator and conchologist.
George Brettingham Sowerby II was a British naturalist, illustrator, and conchologist. Together with his father, George Brettingham Sowerby I, he published the Thesaurus Conchyliorum and other illustrated works on molluscs. He was an elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society on 7 May 1844. He was the father of George Brettingham Sowerby III, also a malacologist.
Conchology is the study of mollusc shells. Conchology is one aspect of malacology, the study of molluscs; however, malacology is the study of molluscs as whole organisms, whereas conchology is confined to the study of their shells. It includes the study of land and freshwater mollusc shells as well as seashells and extends to the study of a gastropod's operculum.
Tom Iredale was an English-born ornithologist and malacologist who had a long association with Australia, where he lived for most of his life. He was an autodidact who never went to university and lacked formal training. This was reflected in his later work; he never revised his manuscripts and never used a typewriter.
Hugh Cuming was an English collector who was interested in natural history, particularly in conchology and botany. He has been described as the "Prince of Collectors".
Edgar Albert Smith was a British zoologist, a malacologist.
Lovell Augustus Reeve was an English conchologist and publisher.
William Theobald was a malacologist and naturalist on the staff of the Geological Survey of India serving in Burma, then a part of British India.
William Henry Benson was a civil servant in British India and an amateur malacologist. He made large collections of molluscs and described numerous species from the U.K., India and South Africa.
Corilla is a genus of air-breathing land snails, terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusks in the family Corillidae. This family has no subfamilies. It has been synonymised with Atopa Albers, 1850 and Helix (Corilla) Adams & Adams, 1855.
Conus papilliferus, common name the papilla cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies. p
Conus magus, common name the magical cone, is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Conidae, the cone snails and their allies.
Merica oblonga is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Cancellariidae, the nutmeg snails.
Trigonostoma scala is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Cancellariidae, the nutmeg snails.
Strigatella testacea is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Mitridae, the miters or miter snails.
Turritella sanguinea is a species of sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Turritellidae.
Tectonatica violacea, common name the violet moon snail, is a species of predatory sea snail, a marine gastropod mollusk in the family Naticidae, the moon snails.
William Wood FRS FLS (1774–1857), was an English surgeon, zoologist and entomologist.