The first MoFA Meeting is approaching!
Date: 26th and 27th June 2019 in Salzburg
Your early registration facilitates the smooth planning of the meeting!
Registration deadline and abstract submission: April 30th, 2019 → to the conference page

Contributions from all areas of malacology are welcome.

We are pleased to announce that the MoFA Junior Award will be awarded for the best talk and the best poster of participants in early careers (e.g., MSc and PhD studies). → read more!


We would like to draw your attention to the recently published comprehensive bibliography of the literature Mollusks of Austria, which Alexander Reischütz, Peter L. Reischütz and Wolfgang Fischer compiled.

Reischütz, A., Reischütz, P. L., & Fischer, W. (2019). Bibliographie nach linneischer Literatur über die Mollusken Österreichs, II. (Stand 31. Dez. 2018). Erste Vorarlberger Malakologische Gesellschaft. http://wirbellose.at/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Bibliographie_2-2019.pdf

Part of the literature listed in that work can also be found (partly for download) on our literature page.
Further entries for our literature page are welcome (E-Mail: team@molluskenforschung.at).

Dear Colleagues and friends of malacology,

we heartily invite you to the 1st Meeting of the Society Mollusc Research Austria (MoFA) which will be held from 26th-27th June 2019 in Salzburg, Austria.

Besides the scientific program with talks and posters on 26th June at the Haus der Natur in Salzburg, we plan a field excursion in the surroundings of Salzburg on 27th June. Enough time shall remain for discussions and scientific exchange. We hope to attract scientists at all stages of their scientific career to promote their networking. Contributions from all fields of malacology are welcome! Please distribute this announcement among colleagues.
Conference language will be English.

More details can be found here.

Organized by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Otto Moog an excursion to the Triestingtal will take place on May 17th, 2019.

The Water Supply Association of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities draws drinking water for 150,000 inhabitants of the Vienna Basin from various sources, such as artesian wells, fracture springs, fissure springs, surface water or deep wells. Mr. Ing. Wolfgang Hiltl, Deputy Director of the Triestingtal and Southern Railway Municipalities (WLV), accompanies us as an expert guide and gives us the opportunity to gain an insight into the nature of the drinking water supply and to visit some springs. more: [MoFA excursion Triestingtal] pdf

We would like to thank the Wasserleitungsverband der Triestingtal- und Südbahngemeinden for the kind permission to use these photos.

• A newsletter of the Malakologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft in Salzburg has been published recently with interesting reports and beautiful photos (https://www.hausdernatur.at/de/newsletter-archiv-malakologische-ag.html).
(download Newsletter)

• A review of the Alpine Land Snails Working Group for the year 2018 can be found on snails.nhm.ac.at.
more (Looking back at 2018)

• On 07.01.2019 the 2nd MoFA General Assembly took place at NHM Vienna. We exchanged information and discussed details on excursions and the first MoFA conference. The previous board was re-elected. Fortunately, the number of members increased in 2018.


• Save the date: The 1. MoFa-Meeting will be held in Salzburg in „Haus der Natur“ on 26.06.-27.06.2019. Details will follow soon!

17.05.2019 – 01.03.2020 Streck die Fühler aus – Schnecken in ihrer vollen Pracht
Exhibition about biology, ecology and systematics of snails at Biologiezentrum Linz

http://www.landesmuseum.at/de/ausstellungen/detail/streck-die-fuehler-aus-schnecken-in-ihrer-vollen-pracht.html MoFA will organise an excursion to this exhibition. Date and details will follow soon!

07.- 10.06.2019: 58. Spring meeting of the „Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft“ in Hoppstädten-Weiersbach.

Infos: http://www.dmg.mollusca.de/images/download/termine/dmg2019_einladung-web.pdf

11.-16.08.2019 World Congress of Malacology: Asilomar conference grounds, Pacific Grove, CA, USA

Infos and registration: https://www.calacademy.org/world-congress-of-malacology-2019

We wish you a happy new year 2019!

A longlasting controversy about the generic affiliation of the Austrian endemic Cylindrus obtusus recently came to an end.

According to some authors, the generic name Cylindrus Fitzinger, 1833 should be considered as invalid as it is pre-occupied by Cylindrus Batsch, 1789 und Cylindrus Deshayes, 1824. A counterargument was put forward that these names are unused and were partly incorrectly applied. Cylindrus Fitzinger, 1833 is a younger synonyme of Cochlopupa Jan, 1830. Nevertheless, the latter name has also never been used in traditional nomenclature. The subsequent controversies amongst zoologists led to an application at the International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN) in 2015 http://iczn.org/node/40566.

In January 2019 the ICZN decided to conserve the name Cylindrus Fitzinger, 1833 and suppress all other names mentioned before (https://biotaxa.org/bzn/article/view/44173). Therefore, no generic changes are done for this well-known, monotypic genus which is a model for Alpine endemism in gastropods.

We are happy to announce that Arianta 6 is now available online.

Haring, E., Reier, S., & Sattmann, H. (Eds.). (2018). Arianta 6. Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien. Cite Download

Besides the report and abstracts of the 2017 Workshop “Alpine Land Snails” in Johnsbach it contains three articles:

Duda, M., Haring, E., Sattmann, H., Macek, O., Schindelar, J., Schnedl, S., Eschner, A., Friebe, G. J., & Kruckenhauser, L. (2018). Malacological excursion to Vorarlberg (Austria) in the course of the Austrian Barcode of Life Project. Arianta, 6, 47–52. Cite Download
Duda, M., Haring, E., Bulatovic, A., Hille, A., Kruckenhauser, L., Macek, O., Markovic, J., Pinsker, D., Pinsker, W., Reier, S., Sefc, K., Slapnik, R., Sittenthaler, M., Sonnleitner, M., Valentincic, J., & Sattmann, H. (2018). The snail summiteers - Gastropod faunas of some exposed alpine locations in the Gesäuse National Park. Arianta, 6, 41–46. Cite Download
Haring, E., Pinsker, W., Duda, M., Mason, K., Aschberger, M., Baumgartner, G., Bisenberger, A., Bulatovic, A., De Mattia, W., Eschner, A., Feher, Z., Giokas, S., Harl, J., Hille, A., Kirchner, S., Kruckenhauser, L., Kysela, P., Macek, O., Markovic, J., … Sattmann, H. (2018). Snails on the rocks. Arianta, 6, 31–40. Cite Download

Arianta 7 is in progress. Any articles are welcome!

Our workshop “Alpine Land Snails” took place again this year in Johnsbach in Gesäuse (Styria). The mix of field trips, outdoor work and scientific program, cultural contributions and discussions and project planning can, as always, be outlined as “intense and creative”. This year’s scientific lectures again focused on land snails and in addition there were also presentations on marine and freshwater snails as well as contributions to other animal groups, including ABOL projects (Austrian Barcode of Life). The lectures and poster presentations were of the highest quality, the mood was excellent, and overall, the contributions provided ample material for discussion throughout the workshop. The broad professional orientation of the participants – in terms of both groups of organisms and fields of research – as well as the participation of family members was enriching and contributed to the lively professional exchange and the good mood. In addition to the field trips and the scientific program, a field study on rock snails in Johnsbach was another focus. The results are eagerly awaited.

And we had anniversaries to celebrate: 30 years of snail research in Johnsbach, 20 workshops in Johnsbach, 15 years existence of the working group “Alpine Landschnecken”! In this context, the premiere of the premiere of the play “Hans Wundersam” took place, a piece that sketches the memorable early days and the history of the working group and profoundly tackled fundamental malacological questions. We hope everyone enjoyed the workshop and look forward to seeing you again soon.

All Images: Michaela Sonnleitner

Since 30 years the Alpine Land Snails working group has been organizing excursion workshops dedicated to recent projects in malacology, frequently with emphasis on Alpine land snails. Colleagues from Austria and many other countries have met to present results, exchange experiences and perform joint filed trips. The 2018 Workshop will take place from Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd in Johnsbach, Gesäuse (Styria). The program includes excursions, presentations on mollusc research and a small field study. Furthermore we will, as always, have intense discussions and a lot of “snail fun”.

If you are interested to participate, please contact us (Helmut Sattmann, +43-1-52177-329; team@molluskenforschung.at).

We will send out the final program as soon as possible.

All images: Michaela Sonnleitner

In July 2018 representatives of the Natural History Museum Vienna (Elisabeth Haring and Helmut Sattmann) together with Sajmir Beqiraj and Xhoia Mujali (University of Tirana), went for an excursion to the karst lakes of the Belshi region south of Elbasan, Albania. A project submitted to the WTZ aims to assess the freshwater mollusc fauna of this area. On the one hand, the species composition of the different lakes will be related to different ecological, geological and physical parameters, on the other hand the species shall be characterized by DNA barcoding and compared to the same or closely related species in other regions of Europe. This is intended to provide information on intraspecific variation and phylogeographic patterns, especially for widely distributed species. In addition, this project should be an impetus for DNA barcoding initiatives in the countries of the Balkan Peninsula, which (still) show considerable biodiversity, which must be recognized and protected before it is lost forever.

All images: Helmut Sattmann