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

Field trip to Belshi karst lakes Albania

Field trip to Belshi karst lakes Albania

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...

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Do rock-dwelling land snail species avoid their congeners?

Do rock-dwelling land snail species avoid their congeners?

This was the question of a recently finished study of our workin group. An Open Access paper, "Range-constrained co-occurrence simulation reveals little niche partitioning among rock-dwelling Montenegrina land snails (Gastropoda: Clausiliidae)", was recently published...

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A new paper on Caucasotachea vindobonensis

A new paper on Caucasotachea vindobonensis

A phylogeographical reconstruction of the 'Viennese Snail' (Caucasotachea vindobonensis), contributed by our working group, has been published recently. This gastropod species is currently distributed mostly in the Central- and Eastern European steppic region, and ...
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Alpine Land Snails Workshop 2017 – On the rocks

Alpine Land Snails Workshop 2017 – On the rocks

The Workshop "Alpine Land Snails 2017" will traditionally take place again in Johnsbach, Styria, Austria. Austrian biologists and colleagues from Germany, Russia, Slovenia, Greece, Montenegro and Hungary will gather in this extraordinary place in Gesäuse to perform...

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From our Galleries

Snails in the Wildnisgebiet Dürrenstein

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

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

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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