Alpine Land Snails Working Group
Core group of the snail team on our local mountain Schneeberg
A view on the Glocknergruppe
Alpine Land Snails Working Group - Projects
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.
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
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...read more
After a one year break we were happy to meet again at the restaurant Kölblwirt in Johnsbach for the Workshop “Alpine Land Snails extended” which took place from 1.-5. August 2016. This time we extended our scientific program and organized, together with the National...read more
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. One of our objectives was to find Montenegrina chiasma in the Mt. Dajti (central Albania), Montenegrina...read more
Here we announce that the workshop “Alpine Land Snails extended” will take place on 1.-5. August 2016 in Johnsbach, Styria. Our traditional “Alpine Land Snails” Workshop has been held 19 times in total and 16 times in Johnsbach. This time we extended the scope and have invited profound speakers to talk about different aspects of biodiversity, not only in snails. At the evenings of Monday and Tuesday public presentations are given in Gasthaus Kölblwirt, on Wednesday and Thursday more specific topics on gastropod biology and systematics are offered.
Programme of the public presentations “Wissenschaft im Wirtshaus”read more
Landscape management of old agricultural areas became an important tool to protect biodiversity in Western and Central Europe. But how do small, hardly mobile animals like land snails react on the sudden improvement of their habitat? And which measures are...read more
An important milestone in the Montenegrina project: the taxonomic revision of the genus has been published in the open-access zoological journal, ZooKeys:
Fehér Z, Szekeres M (2016) Taxonomic revision of the rock-dwelling door snail genus Montenegrina Boettger, 1877 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Clausiliidae). ZooKeys 599: 1-137. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.599.8168
From our Galleries
The excursion was a first survey in advance of a planned project dedicated to the land snail fauna of the Wildnisgebiet. In spite of extremely hot weather and rather dry conditions we could encounter numerous species at various places around Steinbach valley and in...read more
A short field trip to Montenegro (Katharina Jaksch, Michael Duda, Elisabeth Haring, Helmut Sattmann). We visited environments at and near the Mediterranean coast in the surroundings of Budva, Bar, the Bay of Kotor, continued to Lake Prespa, Podgorica, and the region...read more
The first field trip of 2015 took place in May. We have been in Montenegro and Albania with main focus on the Lake Skadar/Shkoder area. The primary aim was to obtain material for the Montenegrina project but we also collected other rock-dwelling and subterranean...read more
View of the Korab Mountains from the bank
of Drin River near Fushë-Muhurr, Albania