At the beginning of 2019 it´s time to look back to the last year of the “Alpine Land Snail Group”. Several publications and projects were finished in 2018.
In March, a further paper on the genus Montenegrina about range-wide taxon co-occurrence was published as an output of the Montenegrina project
In June a last field survey in the course of the project (“Assessment of the malacofauna of the Wildernes Area Dürrenstein” took place. This project ended in 2018 and a publication is in preparation. Based on the assessment a popular science booklet (“Schnecken und Muscheln im Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein“) was published by Sabine Fischer.
Our traditional workshop “Alpine land snails” took place in August in Johnsbach and was dedicated to recent projects in malacology, frequently with emphasis on Alpine land snails. We had a pleasant meeting with international guests, interesting fieldwork, scientific talks and cultural events.
In October Arianta 6 was published which contains, besides the abstracts of the Johnsbach 2017 workshop, three articles: The paper „Snails on the rocks“ deals with estimation of population sizes, densities, activity range and small-scale distribution patterns of selected rock-dwelling snails. „The snail summiteers – Gastropod faunas of some exposed Alpine locations in the Gesäuse National Park“ provides a species list of several gastropod species of mountain summits and their ecological niche, while „Malacological excursion to Vorarlberg (Austria) in the course of the Austrian Barcode of Life Project“ gives a general species list of our cross-country excursion to Vorarlberg.
In November, the paper “Taxonomic reassessment of Helicopsis austriaca Gittenberger, 1969 and its relationships to H. striata (O. F. Müller, 1774) and H. hungarica (Soos & H. Wagner, 1935) (Eupulmonata: Helicoidea)” confirmed the split of the Central European populations of the genus Helicopsis into three separate species.
Also in November the paper about “The mollusc fauna of the Vjosa river and its floodplains at Poçemi, South Albania” was published, which was part of a comprehensive assessment of the Vjosa River in Albania (in the frame of a RiverWatch project) published in Acta ZooBot Austria, 155/1 (ISSN 2409-367X): “The Vjosa in Albania –a riverine ecosystem of European significance”.