Bruce Marshall (taxonomist)

Bruce Anders Marshall (born 29 March 1948)[1] is a New Zealand taxonomist and malacologist. He is an expert on New Zealand mollusca[2] and has named hundreds of species and genera.[3][4][5][6][7]

Academic career

He is a self-taught malacologist and started working at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in 1976.[8]

Until 2019, he was the Collection Manager of Molluscs at the Te Papa Tongarewa, where he described the largest number of new species in the history of the museum.[4][5][6]

In 2012 he was awarded a Doctor of Science degree by Victoria University of Wellington.[7] The conferment letter described him as "the leading authority on the taxonomy and systematics of living molluscs in New Zealand".[9]

In 2018 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award by the Malacological Society of Australasia.[7]

Taxa named in Marshall's honour

As of 2019, 24 species and 6 genera had been named after him.[3][4][8][7] The genera are:

  • Bruceiella Warén & Bouchet, 1993
  • Bruceina Özdikmen, 2013
  • Brucetriphora Beu, 2004
  • Marshallaskeya Gründel, 1980
  • Marshallopsis Cecalupo & Perugia, 2012
  • Marshallora Bouchet, 1985


  1. ^ "Dr Bruce Marshall". collections.tepapa.govt.nz. Te Papa. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Shelling out on shells". Stuff. 12 May 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Week 29: A STALWART OF NEW ZEALAND MALACOLOGY". Malacological Society of Australasia. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c "Te Papa restructure risks loss of irreplaceable science expertise - critics". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ a b "World-leading science experts made redundant in Te Papa restructure". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ a b "World renowned experts set to be made redundant by Te Papa, insider says". Radio New Zealand. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d Kirkendale, Lisa; Walton, Kerry (February 2019). "Recognition of Dr. Bruce Marshall". Malacological Society of Australasia Newsletter. No. 168. Malacological Society of Australasia. ISSN 1834-4259. Retrieved 28 February 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Bruce Marshall and the volcanic vent mussel". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ Perrie, Leon (28 June 2012). "Te Papa's snail expert awarded doctorate". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 15 February 2019.

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