Dr. Zoltán Fehér


project researcher


Phone:+43 1 52177-329
Fax: +43 1 52177-327

Ongoing projects

Speciation in rock-dwelling land snails: Understanding the origin of diversity using Montenegrina as a model system (FWF P 26581-B25, Project Leader: Elisabeth Haring).


Taxonomy, phylogeny, biogeography and conservation biology of freshwater and terrestrial molluscs of the Balkans, the Carpathian Basin and Asia Minor.


Red List assessment of European terrestrial and freshwater molluscs.

Academic Training

PhD in Ecology, University of Gödöllő, Hungary, 1999

MSc in Biology, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, Hungary, 1993



2014– Natural History Museum, Vienna Position: Project Researcher

1998–2014 Hungarian Natural History Museum (Budapest), Department of Zoology.

Position: Senior Museologist, Curator of the Mollusca Collection

1993–1998 National Institute of Public Health (Budapest), Department of Experimental Hygiéne. Position: Research Fellow

Since 1992, organized and participated in 45 field trips in Southern Europe – Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia – and in Western Asia.

Papers in Peer-Reviewed ISI Journals

Fehér Z, Majoros G, Ötvös S, Bajomi B, Sólymos P: Successful reintroduction of the endangered black nerite, Theodoxus prevostianus (Pfeiffer, 1828) (Gastropoda: Neritidae) in Hungary. Journal of Molluscan Studies 83(2): 1–3. (2017)

Jaksch K, Kruckenhauser L, Haring E, Fehér Z: First establishment of microsatellite markers in clausiliid snails (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Clausiliidae). BMC Research Notes 10: e137. (2017)

Schileyko A, Fehér Z: New anatomical data and taxonomical notes on Metafruticicolinae (Pulmonata, Hygromiidae). Ruthenica 27(2): 65–79. (2017)
Páll-Gergely B, Fehér Z, Otani JU, Asami T: An integrative taxonomic approach to infer the systematic position of Chalepotaxis Ancey, 1887 (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora: Helicarionidae). Molluscan Research 37(2): 113–119. (2017)

Fehér Z, Szekeres M: Taxonomic revision of the rock-dwelling door snail genus Montenegrina Boettger, 1877 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Clausiliidae). Zookeys, 599: 1-137. (2016)

Páll-Gergely B, Fehér Z, Hunyadi A, Asami T: Revision of the genus Pseudopomatias and its relatives (Gastropoda: Cyclophoroidea: Pupinidae). Zootaxa 03/2015; 3937 (1): 1–49. (2015)

Zallot E, Groenenberg DSJ, De Mattia W, Fehér Z, Gittenberger E: Genera, subgenera and species of the Cochlostomatidae (Gastropoda, Caenogastropoda, Cochlostomatidae). Basteria, 78 (4–6): 63–88. (2015)

Glöer P, Grego J, Erőss ZP, Fehér Z: New records of subterranean and spring molluscs (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae) from Montenegro and Albania with the description of five new species. Ecologica Montenegrina 4: 70–82. (2015)

Angyal D, Jaksch K, Bamberger S, Fehér Z: Adventures in the field and in the lab: investigation of an enigmatic door-snail species, Montenegrina apfelbecki (Sturany, 1907). American Conchologist, 43 (3): 24–29. (2015)

Fehér Z, Parmakelis A, Koutalianou M, Mourikis T, Erőss ZP, Krízsik V: A contribution to the phylogeny of Albanian Agathylla (Gastropoda, Clausiliidae): insights using morphological data and three mitochondrial DNA markers. Journal of Molluscan Studies 80: 24-34. (2014)
Cadahía L, Harl J, Duda M, Sattmann H, Kruckenhauser L, Fehér Z, Zopp L, Haring E: New data on the phylogeny of Ariantinae (Pulmonata, Helicidae) and the systematic position of Cylindrus obtusus based on nuclear and mitochondrial DNA marker sequences. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 52(2): 163–169. (2014)
Fehér Z, Szekeres M, Páll-Gergely B.: Contribution to the knowledge of the door-snail (Gastropoda: Clausiliidae) fauna of Georgia. Ecologica Montenegrina 1(3): 117–122. (2014)
Fehér Z, Major Á, Krízsik V.: Spatial pattern of intraspecific mitochondrial diversity in the Northern Carpathian endemic spring snail, Bythinella pannonica (Frauenfeld, 1865) (Gastropoda: Hydrobiidae). Organisms, Diversity and Evolution 13: 569-581. (2013)
Fehér Z, Németh L, Nicoara A, Szekeres M: Molecular phylogeny of the land snail genus Alopia (Gastropoda: Clausiliidae) reveals multiple inversions of chirality.  Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 167: 259–272. (2013)
Fehér Z, Albrecht C, Major Á, Sereda S, Krízsik V: Extremely low genetic diversity in the endangered striped nerite, Theodoxus transversalis (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Neritidae) – a result of ancestral or recent effects? NorthWestern Journal of Zoology 8:300-307. (2012)
Silvertown J, Cook L, Cameron R A D, Dodd M, McConway K, Jones S, Worthington J, Skelton P, Anton C, Baur B, Schilthuizen M, Fontaine B, Sattmann H, Bertorelle G, Correia M, Oliveira C, Pokryszko B, Ozgo M, Stalazs A, Gill E, Rammul U, Sólymos P, Fehér Z, Juan X: Citizen science reveals unexpected continental-scale evolutionary change in a model organism. PLoS ONE 6:(4) e18927. (2011)
Bódis E, Nosek J, Oertel N, Tóth B, Fehér Z: A Comparative Study of Two Corbicula Morphs (Bivalvia, Corbiculidae) Inhabiting River Danube. International Review of Hydrobiology 96:(3) 257-273. (2011)
Erőss ZP, Fehér Z, Páll-Gergely B: A new species of Balcanodiscus Riedel & Urbanski 1964 (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Zonitidae) from northeastern Greece. Journal of Conchology 40(6): 577-581. (2011)
Fehér Z, Deli T, Sólymos P: Revision of Granaria frumentum (Draparnaud 1801) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Chondrinidae) subspecies occurring in the eastern part of the species' range. Journal of Conchology 40: 201-217.  (2010)
Fehér Z, Szabó K, Bozsó M, Pénzes Zs: Phylogeny and phylogeography of the Lozekia–Kovacsia species group (Gastropoda: Hygromiidae). Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research 47: 306-314. (2009)
Fehér Z, Varga A, Deli T, Domokos T: Geographic distribution and genital morphology of the genera Lozekia Hudec, 1970 and Kovacsia Nordsieck, 1993 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Hygromiidae). Zoosystematics and Evolution 85 (1): 151-160. (2009)
Fehér Z, Szabó K, Bozsó M, Pénzes Zs: Recent range expansion of Pomatias rivulare (Eichwald, 1829) (Mollusca: Pomatiidae) in Central-Eastern Europe. Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 55(1): 67-75. (2009)
Majoros G, Fehér Z, Deli T, Földvári G: Establishment of Biomphalaria tenagophila snails in Europe. Emerging Infectious Diseases 14(11): 1812-1814. (2008)
Glaubrecht M, Fehér Z , Köhler F: Inventorizing an invader: Annotated type catalogue of Corbiculidae Gray, 1847 (Bivalvia, Heterodonta, Veneroida), including Old World freshwater Corbicula in the Natural History Museum Berlin. Malacologia49: 243-272 (2007)
Subai P, Fehér Z: Revision of the Ariantinae, 3. Superba gen. nov., with the description of three new species (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Helicidae). Archiv für Molluskenkunde 135: 205-224 (2006)
Glaubrecht M, Fehér Z, von Rintelen T: Brooding in Corbicula madagascariensis (Bivalvia, Corbiculidae) and the repeated evolution of viviparity in corbiculids. Zoologica Scripta 35:(6) 641-654 (2006)
Sólymos P, Fehér Z: Conservation prioritization based on distribution of land snails in Hungary. Conservation Biology 19: 1084-1094 (2005)
Fehér Z: Multivariate analysis of shell characteristics in Agathylla exarata (Rossmassler 1835) (Gastropoda : Clausiliidae) populations and its taxonomic relevance. Journal of Conchology 38: 23-33 (2003)
Fehér Z, Járai-Komlódi M: A new weather factor predicting airborne pollen concentration: Péczely's macrosynoptic weather types. Aerobiologia 14: 171-177 (1998)
Fehér Z, Jarai-Komlodi M: An examination of the main characteristics of the pollen seasons in Budapest, Hungary (1991-1996). Grana 36(3): 169-174 (1997)
Papers in Peer-Reviewed non-ISI Journals
Farkas R, Fehér Z: A dobozi pikkelyescsiga (Kovacsia kovacsi [Varga & Pintér, 1972]) elterjedésének vizsgálata a Zempléni-hegységben (Study on the distribution of Kovacsia kovacsi (Varga & Pintér, 1972) in the Zemplén mountains (Northern Hungary). Állattani Közlemények 98: 57–64. (2013)
Murányi D, Kontschán J, Fehér Z: Zoological collectings in Albania between 2004 and 2010 by the Hungarian Natural History Museum and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Opuscula Zoologica (Budapest) 42(2): 147-175. (2011)
Varga A, Fehér Z: A ritka Valvata macrostoma Mörch, 1864 (Mollusca, Valvatidae) vízicsiga faj hazai előfordulási adatainak revíziója. Folia historico-naturalia Musei Matraensis 34: 11-16. (2010)
Audiberd C, Erőss ZP, Páll-Gergely B, Hunyadi A, Fehér Z: Nouvelles données sur la répartition des Gastéropodes (Mollusca, Gastropoda) continentaux de Turquie. Biocosme Mésogéen, Nice 27: 43-69. (2010)
Fehér Z, Zettler ML, Bozsó M, Szabó K: An attempt to reveal the systematic relationship between Theodoxus prevostianus (C. Pfeiffer, 1828) and Theodoxus danubialis (C. Pfeiffer, 1828) (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Neritidae). Mollusca 27: 95-107. (2009)
Fehér Z, Erőss Z: Contribution to the Mollusca fauna of Albania. Results of the field trips of the Hungarian Natural History Museum between 1992 and 2007. Schriften zur Malakozoologie 25: 3-21. (2009)
Fehér Z, Erőss Z: Check list of the Albanian mollusca fauna. Schriften zur Malakozoologie 25: 22-38. (2009)
Fehér Z, Trif C, Varga A: A malaco-faunistical study of Maramureş county, Romania with some taxonomical and conservation notes. Studia Universitatis Vasile Goldis 18 suppl.: 153-165. (2008)
Sólymos P, Fehér Z, Varga A: A hazai puhatestűek (Mollusca) élőhely- és fajmegőrzési prioritásai. Természetvédelmi Közlemények 13: 379-392 (2007)
Fehér Z, Majoros G, Varga A: A scoring method for the assessment of rarity and conservation value of the Hungarian freshwater molluscs. Heldia (München) 6(3/4): 101-114 (2006)
Erőss Z, Fehér Z, Szekeres M: New taxa of Montenegrina O. Boettger, 1877 (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Clausiliidae) from Albania and the neighbouring regions. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien B 107: 181-208 (2006)
Glöer P, Fehér Z: Bithynia leachii (Sheppard, 1823) and Bithynia troschelii (Paasch, 1842) in Hungary (Prosobranchia: Bithyniidae). Annales Historico-naturales Musei Nationalis Hungarici 96: 285-297 (2004)
Fehér Z, Drimmer L: Mollusks in the Megyeri Collection. Soosiana 31: 21-25 (2004)
Fehér Z, Erőss Z, Kontschán J, Murányi D: Collecting sites of zoological expeditions of the Hungarian Natural History Museum to Albania (1992-2003). Folia historico-naturalia Musei Matraensis 28: 67-82 (2004)
Fehér Z: A revision of the genus Cochlostoma, subgenus Titanopoma (Gastropoda, Caenogastropoda, Cochlostomatidae), in particular the forms ocurring in Albania. Basteria 68: 25-44 (2004)
Hornung E, Majoros G, Fehér Z, Varga A: An overview of the Vertigo species in Hungary: their distribution and habitat preferences. Heldia (München) 5: 51-57 (2003)
Fehér Z , Erőss Z, Varga A: Contributions to the knowledge of the Albanian Cochlostoma fauna (Gastropoda: Cyclophoridae). Schriften zur Malakozoologie 17: 71-78 (2001)
Erőss Z, Fehér Z: Dobatia goettingi Brandt, 1961 (Gastropoda: Clausiliidae) in Bulgaria. Opuscula Zoologica (Budapest) 33: 139-142 (2001)
Fehér Z: Medora macarscaensis brancsiki subsp. n., a new endemic clausiliid from the Velebit mountains, Croatia (Gastropoda: Stylommatophora: Clausiliidae). Malakologische Abhandlungen 20: 13-17 (2000)
Riedel A, Fehér Z, Erőss Z: Eine neue Zonitiden-Art (Gastropoda:Stylommatophora) aus Nord-Albanien. Folia Malacologica 7: 241-244 (1999)
Erőss Z, Fehér Z, Szekeres M: Seven new taxa of the subfamily Alopiinae (Gastropoda: Pulmonata: Clausiliidae) from the Balkans. Annalen des Naturhistorischen Museums in Wien B 101: 445-452 (1999)
Fehér Z, Járai-Komlódi M: Relationship between the airborne ragweed pollen concentration and the macrosynoptic weather types in Budapest, Hungary. Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine 3: 121-126 (1996)

Fehér Z, Gubányi A: Distribution of Hungarian Molluscs – The catalogue of the Mollusca Collection of the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum, Budapest, 466 p. (2001) [ISBN:963 7093 70 2 ]
Book Chapters
Fehér Z.: Puhatestűek [Mollucs]. – In: Juhász L. (ed.): Természetvédelmi Állattan [Conservation Zoology]. Mezőgazda Kiadó, Budapest, pp. 105–112. (2014) [University textbook]
Görner T., Botta-Dukát Z., Heltai M., Fehér Z., Márton M., Patkó L., Kuciel H., Solarz W., Szewczyk M., Schneider E., Olosutean H., Banaduc A., Dumbrava A., Lazarevic P., Bakovic D., Zatezalo A., Brankovic S., Gojdicová E., Kristin A., Kautman J., Vavrová Ľ., Urban P., Zach P., Kulfan J., Voloshchuk M., Kozurak A., Kurtiak F., Chumak V.: Draft List of Invasive Alien Species of the Carpathian Region. – In: Kadlecik J. (ed.): Carpathian Red List of Forest Habitats and Species / Carpathian List of Invasive Alien Species. The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Banská Bystrica, pp. 228–234.
Vavrová Ľ., Čiliak M., Šteffek J., Heltai M., Fehér Z., Zajac K., Ziecik A., Szewczyk M., Mikolajczyk P., Chumak V. & Banaduc A.: Draft Carpathian Red List of Molluscs (Mollusca). – In: Kadlecik J. (ed.) Carpathian Red List of Forest Habitats and Species / Carpathian List of Invasive Alien Species. The State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic, Banská Bystrica, pp. 106-117.
Sólymos P, Fehér Z: Magyarország puhatestűinek természetvédelmi célú osztályozása [Conservation classification of Hungarian molluscs]. In: Forró L (ed.) A Kárpát-medence állatvilágának kialakulása [Genesis of the fauna of the Carpathian Basin]. Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum, Budapest, pp. 329-338. (2007)
Fehér Z, Varga A, Deli T, Domokos T, Szabó K, Bozsó M, Pénzes Zs: Filogenetikai vizsgálatok védett puhatestűeken [Phylogenetic studies on threatened molluscs]. In: Forró L (ed.) A Kárpát-medence állatvilágának kialakulása [Genesis of the fauna of the Carpathian Basin]. Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum, Budapest, pp. 183-200. (2007)
Fehér Z: The Mollusc Fauna of the Fertő–Hanság National Park. In: Mahunka S (ed.) The fauna of the Fertő–Hanság National Park. Magyar Természettudományi Múzeum, Budapest,  pp. 129-147. (2002)
Other (non-peer-reviewed) publications
Sîrbu I, Fehér Z, Glöer P, Sîrbu M: Data on the freshwater molluscs from Romanian tributaries of the Upper Tisa River Basin. Transsylvanian Review of Systematical and Ecological Research 11: 127-136. (2011)
Fehér Z, Majoros G, Ötvös S, Sólymos P: Proposed re-introduction of the endangered black nerite, Theodoxus prevostianus (Moll., Neritidae) in Hungary. Tentacle 19: 36-39. (2011)
Deli T, Domokos T, Varga A, Fehér Z: A pikkelyescsigák élőhely-preferenciája, elterjedése, elterjedés-története és mindezek természetvédelmi vonatkozásai. Crisicum 6: 123–134. (2010)
Fehér Z: Proposed protocol for monitoring Vertigo (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Vertiginidae) species in Hungary. Tentacle 17: 21-24 (2009)
Sólymos P, Fehér Z: The 'mefa' package: a tool for reproducible data processing in biogeography. IBS Newsletter 6:(1) 9-13. (2008)
Sólymos P, Fehér Z, Varga A: Mollusc conservation in Hungary: rarity, regionality and responsibility. Tentacle 14: 13-14 (2006)
Erőss Z, Fehér Z, Hunyadi A: Invasion of a North American alien, Planorbella anceps (Menke, 1830) (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Planorbidae) in the ancient Lake Prespa. Tentacle 13: 6-7 (2005)
Taxonomy, zoogeography and faunistics of terrestrial and freshwater molluscs (especially of the Carpathian Basin and the Balkans).
Molecular phylogenetics and phylogeography with main focus on the border zone between macro- and microevolution –  intraspecific relationships, species delimitation, shallow level phylogeny reconstruction, designation of conservation units at the intraspecific level – as well as biogeographical history reconstruction at species/genus level and designation of diversity hotspots.
Conservation biogeography, environmental assessment and biomonitoring of terrestrial and freshwater molluscs.

Reviewer for

American Malacological Bulletin, Archiv für Molluskenkunde, Aquatic Conservation, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, Conservation Genetics, Journal of Conchology, Journal of Natural History, Journal of Molluscan Studies, Hydrobiologia, Molluscan Research, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, ZooKeys, Zoologica Scripta, Zoology in the Middle East, North-Western Journal of Zoology, Acta Zoologica Academiae Scienciarum Hungaricae, Biologia (Bratislava), Folia Malacologica


Other Professional Service

Hungarian Scientific Research Fund (OTKA), member of Supraindividual Biology Panel (2012–2015)

IUCN/SSC Mollusc Specialist Workgroup, member (2009–)

Folia Malacologica, advisory board member (2012–)

Ecologica Montenegrina, editorial board member (2014–)

Soosiana, Hungarian Malacological Journal, editorial board member (2008–)

Biodiversity Data Journal, subject editor (2012–)


Teaching Activity

Szent István University (Budapest), Biological Institute – ‘Zootaxonomy’ course for graduate and undergraduate students (held jointly)