World Congress of Malacology 2022

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Systematics and evolution of (not only marine) Heterobranchia



Michael Schrödl (SNSB-ZSM, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Munich)

Timea Neusser (LMU, Ludwig Maximilians Universität, Munich)

Bastian Brenzinger (SNSB-ZSM, Bavarian State Collection of Zoology, Munich)

Juan Moles (Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain)

Plenary Speaker: Heike Wägele (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig; Bonn)

Keynote Speaker: Vanessa Knutson (Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA )

Keynote Speaker: Juan Moles (Faculty of Biology, University of Barcelona, Spain)


D72_0388_270Abstract: Heterobranch snails and slugs contain about half of all extant gastropod species and about one-third of all molluscs. They inhabit aquatic and terrestrial environments all over the world and display a myriad of body shapes and ecological roles with underlying evolutionary processes.

Members include tiny lower heterobranchs, charismatic sea slugs and sea hares, ecologically important pteropods and ubiquitous aquatic and land pulmonates, among others.


D72_0460_klTraditional classifications have changed dramatically and heterobranch evolution is continuously better-understood thanks to more comprehensive, balanced datasets, and thorough analyses.

Here we invite contributions on any aspects of systematics, evolution and biology of heterobranchs, encouraging broader and more integrative visions across traditional opisthobranch and pulmonate borders, bringing researchers from different taxa, environments and methodologies together.









Copyright for pictures by Xavier Salvador