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

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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Alpine Land Snails extended – Workshop 2016

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...

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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. One of our objectives was to find Montenegrina chiasma in the Mt. Dajti (central Albania), Montenegrina...

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Alpine Land Snails extended

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”

Have a look at the compelete programme of our workshop and of our Excursions

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From our Galleries

Snails in the Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein

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...

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Field Trip #2 Montenegro 2015

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...

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Montenegro field trip May, 2015

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...

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View of the Korab Mountains from the bank

of Drin River near Fushë-Muhurr, Albania

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