Dear friends of malacology,

we are pleased to share the 18th edition of the newsletter of the Malakologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Salzburg.

We hope you enjoy reading!

For the MoFA excursion on 22 September with the topic Mollusc fauna of the Miocene seas of Lower Austria, there are still spots available.

Registrations are possible until 13 September at

The participation is free of charge.

More information →pdf

Dear MoFA members and people interested in molluscs!

We invite you to submit manuscripts for the new volume 10/2023 of our association´s journal Arianta and we are pleased to announce the following innovation for submissions: From now on, Arianta publications will be published online on our homepage as an “early view” version immediately after completion. The final publication, including page numbers, will then take place with the completion of the respective next issue (available online and as a print version).

If you have interesting observations, studies, reports on molluscs that you would like to publish with us, please send your manuscript (as a Word text file) including figures and tables to Please follow the guidelines for authors when submitting your manuscript.

Arianta appears annually and publishes scientific papers on extant and fossil molluscs. Regional faunistic contributions are also explicitly welcome. Arianta is published digitally and is available at 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 referees.

Submissions for Arianta 10 until 20. October 2022 at the latest.

Dear friends of malacology!

After postponing the excursion twice, it is now time that on 22. September 2022, Oleg Mandic will introduce us to the seas of the Miocene in Lower Austria. We will meet the mollusc fauna of Nexing (Muschelberg), of the „Sandgrube Wohlmuth“ in Kleinebersdorf and at the Buchberg bei Mailberg. Finally, we will visit the world’s largest fossil oyster reef, the „Fossilienwelt“ near Stetten.

You find further information in the program.

Registration until 13. September at

If, due to Corona, the excursion has to be cancelled, an alternative date will be fixed.

We look forward to your participation!

The World Congress of Malacology (WCM) is the tri-annual Unitas meeting, with its 60th birthday in 2022.
In 2022, the conference is organised on behalf of UNITAS Malacologica by a team from LMU, SNSB and the TU Munich directed by the president of UNITAS Malacologica, Gerhard Haszprunar.

From 1. – 5. August 2022, malacologists from all over the world are invited to join the conference at the Campus Martinsried.

Conference webpage:

Program schedule:

Dear friends of malacology,

we are pleased to share the latest edition of the newsletter of the Malakologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Salzburg.

We hope you enjoy reading and wish you a nice summer!

Dear MoFA members and friends of malacology!

The program of the MoFA excursion March-Donau-Floodplain on Friday 22.07.2022 is fixed.
We have the possibility to visit the WWF-protected area near Marchegg to search for molluscs in the wetland habitats.

Please register by Wednesday 20.07.2022 at Participation is free of charge.

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Dear MoFA members and friends of malacology!

For summer and autumn 2022, excursions are planned again. The first one will take us to the WWF-protected area near Marchegg on July 22.
In the renaturalized wetland there are different habitats, from flood ponds to the free-flowing stretches of the Morava River and its tributaries. It is planned to study the area in more detail ( subject to the approval of the WWF), especially with regard to aquatic molluscs. Interesting findings of rare native species (e.g. Theodoxus danubialis, Anisus vorticulus), as well as possibly new records of neozoa (e.g. Clathrocaspia knipowitschii), are expected.
After the excursion there is the possibility to stop at the Forsthaus in Stopfenreuth for food and drinks.

The full-day excursion will take place on Friday, July 22.
The exact meeting place and a detailed program will follow.

Please register soon (indicating if a ride is needed), no later than July 18 at

If the excursion cannot take place due to Corona, an alternative date will be set.

We look forward to your participation!

Dear MoFA members and friends of malacology!

In July 2022 there will be some interesting actions to record the biodiversity in the Austrian federal states.
For the group of molluscs, support is still needed for the recordings in Tyrol and Carinthia.

During a Day of Biodiversity, species of the respective organism group are recorded in defined study areas. It offers a great opportunity for exchange with experts of other organism groups. In addition, participation is also recommended for young researchers specifically interested in malacology. The recorded data will be forwarded to the organizers, and a joint contribution to the journal Arianta is planned.


July 8-9Day of Biodiversity 2022 in Tyrol (Ehrwald basin).

Please register directly with the organizer, there is a limited number of accommodations available. Supplementary determinations for the species list are possible until August 15. For the mollusc group, please also briefly contact a MoFA member on-site (Sonja Bamberger).

July 29-31Day of Biodiversity 2022 in the Hohe Tauern National Park (Malta Valley, Carinthia).

Registration for the actual event is already closed. Own observations in the region can be made until Sept. 30 and entered in
For a joint field trip to the study areas, please get in contact.

Part of the Ehrwald basin facing Biberwier, with the prominent Sonnspitze in the background.

Part of the Ehrwald basin facing Biberwier, with the prominent Sonnspitze in the background.

With pleasure we announce to our members, friends and interested malacologists that the brand-new issue of our MoFA JournalArianta 9 – has just been published. We thank all the authors, reviewers, proof-readers and editors, for their contributions and commitment. We hope that Arianta 9, with seven articles plus the abstracts of the MoFA conference 2021, will be appreciated by our readers. We are also confident that this issue will provide a stimulus for potential authors for future submissions.

Sattmann, H., Haring, E. & Patzner, R.A. (eds) (2022): Arianta 9. – 76 pp. Vienna (Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien). Cite Download