WoRMS (World Register of Marine Species) and the longer running CLEMAM (Checklist of the Marine Mollusca of Europe and the Mediterranean) have become invaluable tools to bivalve nomenclature since our website’s launch 6 years ago. We have updated our nomenclature to match WoRMS and/or CLEMAM unless there is a case where we do not agree and when this occurs we have added a "Notes on Nomenclature" section on the relevant species page for such notes.
As well as several new species we have also added non-native species, many of which washed ashore after violent storms over the winters of 2013 and 2014. Most of the species are from the southeastern USA and new records on the southwest coasts of England and Ireland are common. Non-natives need to be correctly identified and flagged up so that relevant steps against potential invasive species can to be taken.
Many regular users conveyed that they would like keys to species. We have used several levels of key to cover usage by biologists starting their careers and also experienced conchologists. There is a key for everyone!
Our interactive keys are still being illustrated but the key text is complete and they include every species that we contain in our database, which is over 380 species. If you encounter a species that does not appear in our database please do notify us -- we wish to include everything in the UK EEZ (see The Study Area) and the borders of that zone.