Alpine Land Snails Working Group

Core group of the snail team on our local mountain Schneeberg

A view on the Glocknergruppe

Galičica Mountains

Alpine Land Snails Working Group - Projects

About Us

The “Alpine Land Snails Working Group” is primarily located at the Natural History Museum of Vienna. It was founded in the course of projects carried out in the 1990ties on Alpine land snails, and a comprehensive FWF-project performed between 2007 and 2011. While in the first period the genera Arianta and Cylindrus were in the focus of our research, several other taxa were included in the course of the FWF-project centered on East Alpine species of the genera Cylindrus, Orcula, Trochulus, Petasina, Clausilia, Vertigo, Pyramidula and Cochlostoma.

Our Team

Our team currently consists of about 20 people. The photo shows part of the group on an excursion to the Austrian mountain Schneeberg in the year 2010 (from left to right):

Luise Kruckenhauser
Elisabeth Haring
Katharina Mason
Laura Zopp
Michael Duda
Josef Harl
Helmut Sattmann

Partners and Supporters

Museum of Natural History, Vienna
FWF Austrian Science Fund
Friends of the Natural Museum of History

We are grateful to all our colleagues and friends who supported us with material, ideas and enthusiasm. We also thank all institutions who provided financial support and infrastructure.

From our Blog

Visit from Montenegro

In June the working group Alpine Land Snails (NHM Vienna) was glad to welcome Prof. Vladimir Pešić and Prof. Vesna Vukašinović-Pešić in Vienna to discuss the progress of our joint OeAD-WTZ (Project No. ME 10/ 2016) project on the rock dwelling door snail species...

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Black Nerite (Theodoxus prevostianus) reintroduction

In a recently published paper (Fehér et al. 2017) we have reported on the successful reintroduction of a rare and endangered species, the Black Nerite, Theodoxus prevostianus (C. Pfeiffer, 1828). This is a freshwater neritid species , occurring in hypothermal springs...

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Montenegro excursion – April 2017

Members of the working group Alpine Land Snails of the NHM have visited Montenegro recently in the frame of a co-operation project with the University of Montenegro funded by the OeAD-WTZ (Project No. ME 10/ 2016). Under supervision of Prof. Vladimir Pesic we...

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Pilot study on Herilla bosniensis in Mödling

In preparation for the capture-recapture study with Montenegrina species in the frame of the WTZ project on Montenegrina ecology, we tested our planned method beforehand on snails in Austria. To ensure the comparability of the tested site and species we choose the...

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IUCN Red List assessment workshop in Cambridge

IUCN held a five-day workshop in Cambridge (UK) from 20th to 24th March 2017. This workshop is part of the ongoing LIFE European Red List initiative, which aims to assess the extinction risk of a selection of invertebrate and plant species in order inform policy and...

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From our Galleries

Field trip in Albania – June, 2016

The first Albanian field trip of 2016 took place in June. The members of the team were Zoltán Erőss, Zoltán Fehér, Jozef Grego, Maros Grego and Miklós Szekeres. Our primary aim was to find Montenegrina chiasma in the Mt. Dajti (central Albania) and Montenegrina...

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View of the Korab Mountains from the bank

of Drin River near Fushë-Muhurr, Albania

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