ICMAM 2012 Congress – abstracts

From 25-29 September, the 11th International Congress on Medical and Applied Malacology was held in Rio de Janeiro. The abstract book just appeared. It may be found here: http://www.icmam2012.com.br/si.html (follow the link under the heading of Abstract book). 

Plenary lectures were given on a variety of topics (numbers in parenthesis refer to the page in the PDF):

Robert Cowie (University of Hawaii) Advancing Malacological research: crossing boundaries to have a broader impact (28).

Takahiro Asami (Shinshu University) Quantitative variation and evolution of chirality in pulmonate snails (29).

John B. Burch (University of Michigan / USA) Ethics in Scientific Publication (30).

Uthaiwan Kovitvadhi (Kasetsart University) In vitro culture of freshwater pearl mussel from glochidia to adult (31).

David Gwyn Robinson (Academy of Natural Sciences / USA) The official USDA response to invasive pest snails in the USA: two recent case studies (32).

Alejandra Rumi (Universidad Nacional de La Plata) Neglected diseases: contributions from the continental malacology (33).

José Henrique Leal (The Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum) Museums and Malacological Collections (34).

Gonzalo Giribet (Harvard University) Advancing Malacology with the use of transcriptomic data (35).

Relatively few lectures and posters dealt with Neotropical land snails. Some topics that stand out are e.g. related to Lissachatina fulica, and systematics and diversity of species. 

Ana Paula M. Oliveira; Monica A. Fernandez; Silvana C. Thiengo – Aelurostrongylus abstrusus larvae (Nematoda; Metastrongyloidea) in Achatina fulica from Brazil: current situation (42). 

Daniel Coscarelli; Almir R. Pepato; Teofânia Vidigal – Systematics of genus Omalonyx from sequences of the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I gene and morphology (68).

Rina Ramírez; Víctor Borda; Jenny Chirinos –  Megalobulimus maximus (Gastropoda, Strophocheilidae) is not a polytypic species (69).

Meire Silva Pena –  Diversity of land mollusk in Northern Minas Gerais state or: – what do we know about the Brazilian malacofauna? (71).

Joana Zanol; Elisson Romanel; Jéssica Caeiro; Silvana C. Thiengo; Claudia A. de M. Russo – Genetic diversity of Achatina (Lissachatinafulica Bowdich, 1822 in Brazil (82).

Norma Campos Salgado; Claudio José Fernandes da Costa – The land malacofauna from Serra da Capivara National Park, Northeast of Brazil, Piauí, recognized as World Heritage Site by Unesco (91).

Meire Silva Pena – Morphological characterization of Scutalus cotopaxiensis (Pfeiffer, 1852) (Gastropoda, Pulmonata, Orthalicidae) (92).  


Janine Oliveira Arruda; José Willibaldo Thomé; Luiz Roberto Malabarba – Taxonomic review and cladistic analysis of Omalonyx (Gastropoda, Succineidae) (93).


There was also a symposium on museum and systematic collections with contributions from five South American countries. Poster sessions were held on e.g. aliens species, conchology, ecology and biodiversity, genetics, morphology, and physiology and parasitology.

Supposing that the social part of a congress is as important as the scientific part, this five-day meeting undoubtedly was successful. The abstract book provides over 200 pages with the main findings of the different authors.

1 thought on “ICMAM 2012 Congress – abstracts

  1. Anonymous

    This abstract book is a fascinating resource full of new ideas and new discoveries from all malacological topics. Thank you for sharing this information.


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