Dear MoFA community!

We can look back on a very successful year 2019, with two excursions, two presentations, the MoFA annual conference in Salzburg and finally the publication of Arianta 7, the current volume of the societies’ magazine.

Before the publication is after the publication: We invite you to submit manuscripts for Arianta 8. If you have interesting observations, studies or reports on mollusks that you would like to publish in Arianta, send your manuscript (as a Word text file) together with figures and tables to When submitting, please follow the guidelines for authors.

Arianta is published annually and publishes scientific works on extant and fossil molluscs. Regional faunistic contributions are also expressly welcome. Arianta is published digitally and is available on the MoFA website. Authors receive PDFs of their articles for free use. Manuscripts are subjected to an editorial check for suitability for our journal and to an external review by two experts.

Please submit your manuscripts until 30. June 2020.

The „Association of Polish Malacologists“ is organizing its “36th Polish Malacological Seminar” in Wisła (Silesian Beskids, Poland) from May 7th to 9th, 2020. The venue is the Hotel Pod Jedlami;

For the first time, a section with English-language contributions will be organized at this traditional seminar.

The registration form and the preliminary program can be found here

registration form [docx]

preliminary program [pdf]

Fr, 28. 2. 2020, 7.00 p.m. Christa FRANK

Humans and mollusks – a comprehensive topic affecting a wide variety of areas of life. It is not only the fascinating beauty of the shells that are washed ashore at coasts not yet touched by tourism. Some species have a deep symbolic meaning connected with mythical-religious ideas; many served as currencyor material for jewelry, others as raw material for handicraft. Snail purple and shell silk were sought-after, valuable commodities, pearls are still today.

Many species, especially mussels and oysters, are consumed, molluscs are used in folk medicine, and some species are harmful feeding on our cultivated plants. We encounter snails and their shell shapes in architecture and painting, sometimes as emblems … Surprises are waiting!

Lecture in German

In the course of the DARWIN-DAY 2020, the Biology Center Linz invites to a lecture presented by Elisabeth Haring, Natural History Museum Vienna:

“Strategies of the Slow – Evolution Research on Alpine Land Snails”

Friday, February 14, 2020, 7 p.m.
In German
Venue: Schlossmuseum Linz, Festsaal

Free entry

euromal 2020

Dear Friends of Malacology,

EUROMAL triennial series of conferences started in 2000 and since then they have visited 8 different venues all over Europe. The 9th European Congress of Malacological Societies will take place in Prague, Czech Republic, from September 6th  to 10th 2020.

The congress will bring together experienced scientists as well as students and practitioners in malacology and related research fields from across Europe and beyond. The recent and most important findings from the hottest topics will be presented.

Conference website:
Please spread the invitation among colleagues!

euromal 2020

We are pleased to announce that Arianta 7 has been published:

Haring, E., Sattmann, H., & Patzner, R. A. (Eds.). (2019). Arianta 7. Wien: Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien. Download

Arianta 7 includes the abstracts from the first MoFA Meeting 2019 in Salzburg, excursion reports and original papers. In this volume, you find also the instructions for authors. We are already looking forward to the next issue of Arianta and we invite all readers to submit their work to our journal (



2:00 pm Guided tour through the mollusc collection in the depository of the Upper Austrian Museum in Linz
Meeting point in front of Lindengasse 7 in 4040 Linz

4:00 pm Biology Centre Linz, visit of the current exhibition “Stretch out your feelers! Snails in their full splendor” in the exhibition rooms and in the ecopark of the Biology Centre

6:00 pm Evening event in the Biology Centre

„Was Sie schon immer über Schnecken wissen wollten – Österreichs Schneckenexperten geben Einblicke und Auskunft“ (in German), see also our blog post
Representatives of MoFA will provide information on molluscs and on research on molluscs in Austria and will (be available to) answer questions in a discussion with the audience. A new database for the determination of European molluscs will be presented.
Participation is free.
Registrations until 4th October under
For exact directions or further questions please contact

Dear friends of malacology!

In the course of the accompanying programme of the exhibition “Stretch out your feelers!” – Snails in all their glory (17. 05.2019 – 01. 03.2020 at Biology Centre Linz) there will be several mollusk-related activities, some oft them also interesting for children. Please have a look at the six-month programme of the Biology Centre.

Specifically we would like to mention the MoFA presentation

„Was Sie schon immer über Schnecken wissen wollten – Österreichs Schneckenexperten geben Einblicke und Auskunft“ on Friday, 11 October, 18:00, Biology Centre Linz (in German)
Representatives of MoFA will provide information on mollusks, mollusk research in Austria and will be available to answer questions in a discussion with the audience.


The presentation of the MoFA Junior Awards to participants of the first MoFA conference was one of the highlights of the meeting. The award was given for the best talk and the best poster by participants in early career stages. We thank all applicants for their interesting and excellent contributions. Only two candidates could win, whom we want to present again here:


Martina Stockinger (University of Vienna) received the prize for the best talk “Presence and prevalence of non-indigenous molluscs in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in southern Crete”, in which she presented her research on the mollusc fauna of a seagrass meadow in southern Crete.

The poster prize for the contribution “Molecular characterization of gelatinous egg masses in the lucinid Loripes orbiculatus argues for an acquisition of bacterial symbionts from the environment” was given to Sarah Zauner (University of Vienna), who deals with the moon’s clam and its symbiotic sulfur bacteria.



On 26th and 27th of June we held the first conference of the young society Mollusc Research Austria (MoFA) in Salzburg. The first day was devoted to scientific lectures and posters as well as the awarding of Junior Awards. All contributions were exciting and well presented and the day offered broad thematic diversity. The group of almost 50 participants was quite multinational, with representatives from Poland, Germany, Georgia, Slovenia and Austria. In the venue “House of Nature” we were warmly welcomed and their team took good care of us. In the evening, the winners of the Junior Awards, which had been selected by an independent four-person jury, were honoured.

Martina Stockinger from the University of Vienna won the MoFA award for the best talk for her contribution on the mollusc fauna of a seagrass meadow in southern Crete (Presence and prevalence of non-indigenous molluscs in a Posidonia oceanica meadow in southern Crete). The poster award went to Sarah Zauner for the question of how a moon’s clam comes to its symbiont sulfur bacteria (Molecular characterization of gelatinous egg masses in the lucinid Loripes orbiculatus argues for an acquisition of bacterial symbionts from the environment).

On the second day our colleagues from Salzburg took us to the beautiful headwaters around Fürstenbrunn and to the floodplains of Glanbach near Grödig, where we also documented the mollusk species found there. Overall, we had two inspiring, interesting and atmospheric days in the beautiful country of Salzburg. We would like to thank all participants and especially the speakers who gave the conference substance, the chairman of the sessions, the members of the jury and of course all those who helped organize this nice and successful conference, especially of course the colleagues in Salzburg.