Dear MoFA members and friends of malacology!

We are pleased to announce that the Annual Conference of the “Deutsche Malakozoologische Gesellschaft” will take place on 21. and 22. May 2021 as an online meeting. This is an opportunity for guests to take part without travelling and further costs. There are still open slots for presentations. The conference language is german.

Details can be found in the information file.

Dear friends of malacology!

On 25. June 2021, Oleg Mandic will introduce us into 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 10. June at

If, due to Corona, the excursion cannot take place, we will fix an alternative date.

We look forward to your participation!

Dear friends of malacology!

In spring / summer 2021 we start with excursions again. The first one, on 28. May, will take us to Bad Fischau-Brunn. This market town is located at the border of two ecoregions, the Alps and the Pannonian Plain which, combined with the fact that several natural thermal springs emerge there, results in diverse terrestrial and aquatic habitats. A remarkable number of rare, endangered and sometimes even endemic species can be found there.

Under the guidance of Otto Moog, Alexander Mrkvicka, and Alexander Reischütz we will visit Bad Fischau-Brunn (thermal pond, dry grassland), the Eisenstein cave, the thermal bath Bad Fischau and the Warme Fischa.

You find more information in the program.

Registration until 10. May at

If, due to Corona, the excursion cannot take place, we will fix an alternative date.

We look forward to your participation!



Arianta 8

With pleasure we announce to our members, friends and interested malacologists that the brand-new issue of our MoFA JournalArianta 8 – has just been published. Thanks to the commitment of the authors, reviewers, proofreaders and editors, we have succeeded in creating a work that, with its exciting and informative articles, is of benefit to our readers. We are also confident that this issue will provide a stimulus for potential authors for future submissions.

We wish you and us a successful 2021!

Sattmann, H., Haring, E., & Patzner, R. A. (Eds.). (2020). Arianta 8. Verlag des Naturhistorischen Museums Wien. Download

Dear friends of malacology!

Two MoFA excursions are planned In late summer/autumn 2020:

On Friday, 28. August we will explore the malacofauna of the Wienfluss-Retention Basin in the 14. District. Due to the rich structure of this habitat caused by the dynamics that the Wien River creates, interesting insights into the mollusc fauna of Vienna can be expected. The locality may be reached by public transport (U4 line). We kindly ask you to register at by 20. August.

Furthermore, we will visit some selected sites in the March floodplains north of Marchegg on Friday, 25. September. Despite their diversity and natural uniqueness, the Marchauen are malacologically little studied and finds of rare species are not excluded. The exact points will be discussed with the responsible persons on site and determined in August. As for this excursion, it is hardly possible to reach the sites by public transport, we will organise transport by car. Please register by 1. September at and provide information whether you need a ride or can provide a carpool.

Dear friends of malacology!

We had a pleasant small MoFA meeting last week on 8. July in Vienna and here is a small update!

  • Among other things we discussed possible excursions in summer and autumn (late August to October). One excursion might lead us to the Marchauen area in Lower Austria, the other one could take place in the flood detention basin of the Wien river. Also the spring snails at Bad Fischau, and the “Fossilienwelt Weinviertel” in Stetten and the “Krahuletz Museum” in Eggenburg would be options. Until yet ,these are just first suggestions and detailed information will follow. Concerning the programmes we are open to any ideas and suggestions.
  • We now extended the deadline for submissions for Arianta 8 until 31. August. Any contributions on malacological research are welcome (besides original articles, also reviews, smaller articles on species lists, interesting observations, hitherto unpublished valuable data on molluscs are welcome; Please contact Helmut Sattmann ( for submissions or any questions.
  • An important malacological project of the AG “Alpine Land Snails”, which is conducted at NHM Vienna, has started this year: “Inventory of molluscs in the rural areas of Vienna with special focus on FFH species and neo-biota”. At present, about 170-180 mollusc species are known in Vienna, 150-160 of which are snails and about 20 species of bivalves. This corresponds to slightly less than half of the 400 species of molluscs that are presently listed to occur in Austria. The last major survey was conducted more than 25 years ago and the planned project should provide important up-to-date data of the mollusc fauna of Vienna. The project is funded by the Austrian Programm für die ländliche Entwicklung LE20-40.
  • Finally, we would like to ask for help in our project on avian schistosome trematodes with cercariae causing dermatitis (in humans also called swimmers itch). These trematodes use several species of fresh-water molluscs as intermediate hosts and finally shed the infecting cercariae. We are searching for water bodies where presently cases of cercarial dermatitis were recorded. eDNA samples from such places could be used in our project as positive control. If you have any hints, please contact Christoph Hörweg (
  •  The recent Newsletter of the „Malakologischen Arbeitsgemeinschaft in Salzburg“ you find here.


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