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;

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

This year we celebrate a special anniversary of the “Alpine Landsnails workshop” in Johnsbach!

It will take place Sunday August 19th to Thursday 23rd. (The arrival might be changed to Monday, thus the official programme will start on Monday 20th ). Some of us consider the option for a subsequent extension/ excursion to Saturday 25th.

We will send out an update as soon as possible with the final days planned for the meeting and a preliminary programme. If you want participate please save this date!

Please tell us as soon as possible whether you plan to come.

This year the Annual Meeting of the German Malacological Society takes place in Cismar (Germany) from the 18.05.2018 to the 21.05.2018.
They celebrate a big anniversary! – 150 years German Malacological Society
Invitation and preliminary programme can be found on the DMG homepage.

On the homepage of the Biologiezentrum Linz you can find a section called “plant, animal, lichen, fossil, mineral or collector of the month”. In July they happily chose a snail: the cheese snail which is mainly characterised by its hairy shell. More interesting information about this snail is found in the article (in german) by Agnes Bisenberger, here all other “plant, animal, lichen, fossil, mineral or collector of the month”.

We are pleased to announce the foundation of the society „Mollusc Research Austria (MoFA)“, which was authorised by public authority in August 2016. MoFA is a society based in Austria aiming to promote activities of Austrian malacologists and encourage the communication with national and international professional working groups and initiatives.

Another task of the society is the enhancement of information exchange and coordination of scientific projects and studies.