Mollusca Research

World Congress of Malacology 2022

The Museum at the World Congress of Malacology

Museum party at the WCM2022
University Museum delegates to the World Congress of Malacology (Munich, 1-5th August 2022); left to right: Manuel Malaquias, Monisha Bharate, Justine Siegwald, Martina Turani
Manuel Malaquias
WCM2022 Malaquias talk
Presentation on the genus Haminoea by Manuel Malaquias
Manuel Malaquias
WCM2022 Bharate talk
Presentation on the genus Smaragdinella by Monisha Bharate
Manuel Malaquias
WCM2022 Siegwald talk
Presentation on the genus Scaphander by Justine Siegwald
Manuel Malaquias
WCM2022 Martina, Monisha, Philippe
Monisha and Martina with Philippe Bouchet
Manuel Malaquias
WCM2022 Minich
Enjoying sunny Munich (left to right: Martina, Manuel, Monisha)
Manuel Malaquias
WCM2022 Dinner
Celebrating Malacology! (left to right: Jesus Truocoso, Lucas Cervera, Manuel Malaquias, Gonzalo Giribet, Joaquim Reis)
Manuel Malaquias

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The World Congress of Malacology – the largest scientific meeting about all aspects of molluscs – took place this year in the city of Munich, Germany between the 1–5th of August at the Biocenter of the Ludwig-Maximilians University. About 350 people attended the congress, which bearing the fact that covid still imposes significant travelling restrictions in many countries, must be considered a notable figure. The congress was organized in ten parallel symposia with a very special one in honour of Philippe Bouchet for a remarkable life dedicated to the study of molluscs entitled “Exploration, biodiversity and systematics of molluscs».

The Natural History Museum of Bergen was once again well represented with a party of four elements (Monisha Bharate, Justine Siegwald, Martina Turani, Manuel Malaquias) delivering three oral presentations and three poster’s presentations (see below for full list of titles), covering many aspects of the current research on molluscs carried out at our Museum; from the deep-sea to rocky shores, from the tropics to temperate and boreal latitudes, focusing on diversity, taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of these animals.

Oral communications:

M. Bharate & M. A. E. Malaquias; Diversity and phylogeny of the only rock-dweller haminoeid genus Smaragdinella (Gastropoda: Cephalaspidea) in the Indo-West Pacific.

Justine Siegwald1 & Manuel A.E. Malaquias; Diversity and biogeography of the deep-sea Scaphander gastropods.

Martina Turani, Ángel Valdés & Manuel António E. Malaquias; Diversity and phylogeny of the genus Haminoea Turton & Kingston, 1830 (Gastropoda, Heterobranchia, Cephalaspidea) in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific.

Poster communications:

Juan Lucas Cervera, Ana Karla Araujo, Marta Pola, Manuel A. E. Malaquias & Fabio Vitale; One colour, many faces: Integrative taxonomy reveals the occurrence of a complex of species in the reddish runcinid Runcina ferruginea Kress, 1977 (Heterobranchia, Runcinida).

Irina A. Ekimova, Ángel Valdés, Manuel A.E. Malaquias, Cessa Rauch, Anna L. Mikhlina, Tatiana I. Antokhina, Olga V. Chichvarkhina & Dimitry M. Schepetov; Choose your Ocean: speciation and evolution of boreal and Arctic Coryphella (Heterobranchia: Nudibranchia).

Martina Turani, Leila Carmona, Peter Barry, Ross Bullimore, Hayden Close & Juan Lucas Cervera; First occurrence of the genus Pleurobranchaea Leue, 1813 (Pleurobranchida, Nudipleura, Heterobranchia) in British waters, with the description of a new species.