Special Issue "Continental Mollusca under Global Change"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity Loss & Dynamics".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Maxim V. Vinarski
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Guest Editor
Laboratory of Macroecology & Biogeography of Invertebrates, Saint Petersburg State University, 199034 Saint Petersburg, Russia
Interests: freshwater Mollusca; taxonomy; evolutionary theory; history of zoology and biological systematics; popular science writing / communicating science
Dr. Rodrigo Salvador
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Guest Editor
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington, New Zealand
Interests: land snails; birds; science communication; Ancient Egypt; Dungeons & Dragons and other geek stuff

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Even though continental (i.e., land and freshwater) mollusks do not constitute the majority of the species belonging to the phylum Mollusca, their ecosystem roles as well as species diversity in some natural environments are enormous. Unfortunately, the current rate of extinction of these animals is much higher than the rate among marine mollusks and exceeds the tempos of disappearance observed in most animal taxa. On the other hand, many species of terrestrial and freshwater snails and bivalves have become very successful invaders that are able to conquer other continents and prey upon or outcompete aboriginal species. All of these facts render continental Mollusca a good focus group for zoological and ecological research on the impacts of the human-caused changes that our planet is currently experiencing. Climate change, deforestation, water and soil pollution, biological invasions and urbanization are some of the main challenges facing continental Mollusca. The main aim of this Special Issue of Diversity is to gather contributions from researchers working in different countries and different fields of malacology (or adjacent disciplines), with strong emphasis on themes related to the above-mentioned problems. We welcome publications on biodiversity, ecology, biogeography and conservation of continental Gastropoda and Bivalvia, as well as case studies on their taxonomy, phylogeny, physiology and paleontology, provided that these research studies are placed in a global change context. Both direct human impacts on continental Mollusca and other indirect natural factors can be discussed within this Special Issue. In other words, almost every aspect of current malacology can find its place under the ‘umbrella’ of this Special Issue’s main theme. 

Prof. Dr. Maxim V. Vinarski
Dr. Rodrigo Salvador
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • land Mollusca
  • freshwater Mollusca
  • global change biology
  • diversity
  • ecology
  • biogeography
  • invasive species
  • distributions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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