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Paul Valentich-Scott
Curator of Malacology

Mailing address:
Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Rd.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA

Phone: 805-682-4711 x146
FAX: 805-563-0574
email: pvscott(AT)

Paul Valentich-Scott has worked in the department since 1982, starting as an assistant curator. He has been instrumental in digitizing museum collections and implementing collection management software (

Paul is a specialist in marine bivalve mollusks (clams, oysters, scallops, mussels). He has described numerous new species. Paul is a co-author on the definitive book on the bivalves west coast of the US, Bivalve Seashells of Western North America (2000) [click to purchase]. His recent research project was a continuation of this book series, examining the bivalves from Baja California to northern Peru (Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America), published in 2012. Paul has begun work on another book describing the marine bivalves from northern Peru to southern Chile.

In addition to collection work and research, Paul has assisted in a variety of education and exhibit projects. He was instrumental in the design of the Quasars to Seastars program for teen science education. Paul was the lead scientific and program designer for the renovation of the Sea Center.

Selected publications:

2016. Bivalvia of the Americas: Introduction. American Malacological Bulletin 33(2): 1. [pdf]

2014. A new genus and species of Thyasiridae (Mollusca, Bivalvia) from deep-water, Beaufort Sea, northern Alaska. Zookeys 462: 11-26. [pdfdoi: 10.3897/zookeys.462.6790

2014. New records of soft bottom bivalves (Mollusca) from the continental shelf and upper slope of the northern Pacific Ocean of Colombia. Marine Biodiversity Records 7: 1-15. [pdf]

2013. Where's Waldo? A new commensal species, Waldo arthuri (Mollusca, Bivalvia, Galeommatidae) from the Northeastern Pacific Ocean. ZooKeys 316: 67-80. [pdf]

2012. Bivalve Seashells of Tropical West America. Marine Bivalve Mollusks from Baja California to Northern Peru. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Monographs 6, Studies in Biodiversity 4. 1258 pages + xv. [pdf]

2011. Not a “living fossil:” the eastern Pacific bivalve Tellidorella belongs with Lucinidae, not Cardiniidae. The Nautilus 125(2): 75-78. [pdf]

2011. A new species of Tucetona (Bivalvia: Glycymerididae) from Mexico. Zootaxa 2769: 65-68. [pdf

2010. Three new species of Tellina (Bivalvia, Tellinidae) from the Panamic Province. Zootaxa 2715: 55-58. [pdf]

2010. Three new species of Periploma (Bivalvia, Periplomatidae) from the Panamic Province. Zootaxa 2673: 65-68. [pdf]

2010. A review of the Recent Pandoridae (Bivalvia) in the Panamic Province, with descriptions of three new species. The Nautilus 124(2): 55-76. [pdf]

2010. A new species of Chama (Bivalvia, Chamidae) from Mexico. Zootaxa 2446: 65-68. [pdf]

2010. New insight on galeommatid bivalves (Bivalvia, Galeommatoidea, Lasaeidae) described by Olsson, 1961, from the Panamic Province. The Festivus 42(1): 3-9. [pdf]

2008. Three Nomenclatural Notes on Panamic Bivalves. The Festivus 40(4): 49-54. (with Eugene V. Coan). [pdf]

2008. Coral-boring bivalve mollusks of southeastern Thailand, with the description of a new species. The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 18(supplement): 191-216. (with Piyoros Tongkerd). [pdf]

2007. Phylum Mollusca: Bivalvia. In: James Carlton (ed.), Light's manual: intertidal invertebrates of the central California coast, 4th edition. University of California Press, Berkeley. (with Eugene V. Coan)

2006. Marine bivalves. Pp. 339-347. In: Sturm, C.F., T.A. Pearce, and A. Valdes. 2006. The Mollusks: A Guide to Their Study, Collection, and Preservation. Universal Publishers, Inc., Boca Raton, FL. xii + 445 pp. 101 ill. (with Eugene V. Coan).

2005. Tellina inaequistriata Donvan, 1802: A double neotype designation to stabilize nomenclature. The Festivus 37(4): 39-43. (with Eugene V. Coan). [pdf]

2004. Rock and coral boring Bivalvia (Mollusca) of the Middle Florida Keys, U.S.A. Malacologia 46(2): 339-354. (with Grete Elisabeth Dinesen). [pdf]

2003. The Hong Kong Bivalvia: A taxonomic, distributional, bibliographic checklist of Hong Kong's marine bivalve mollusks and research published on them from 1971-2000. Pp. 259-310. In: Brian Morton (ed.), Perspectives on Marine Environmental Change in Hong Kong and Southern China. University of Hong Kong Press. [pdf]

2000. Bivalve Seashells of Western North America: Marine Bivalve Mollusks from Arctic Alaska to Baja California. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Mongraphs 2, Studies in Biodiversity 2. Santa Barbara, California. 772 pp. (with Eugene Coan and Frank R. Bernard)

1998. Class Bivalvia. Pp. 97-173, In: Paul Valentich Scott & James A. Blake, Taxonomic atlas of the benthic fauna of the Santa Maria Basin and the western Santa Barbara Channel. Volume 8. The Mollusca Part 1. The Aplacophora, Polyplacophora, Scaphopoda, Bivalvia, and Cephalopoda. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. vii + 250 pp. [pdf]

1997. Checklist of the marine bivalves of the northeastern Pacific Ocean. Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Contributions in Science. 1: 28 pp. (with Eugene Coan). [pdf]

For more information, see:
Paul's curriculum vitae


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