Dr. Thomas von Rintelen

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 2093 8428
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 8565
E-mail thomas.rintelen(at)mfn-berlin.de


  • Acting curator of mollusc collection
  • Research in evolutionary biology, particularly biogeography and systematics


  • Mollusc collection

Research interests

  • My research focuses on the origin and distribution of biodiversity, i.e. species, speciation and biogeography. While my group mostly studies aquatic organisms, mainly several groups of snails & shrimps, we also work on terrestrial taxa including frogs and birds of paradise.

Research projects

  • Transcriptomics of the freshwater snail Tylomelania
  • Systematics, phylogeography and evolution of the freshwater snail Tylomelania from Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Phylogeny, biogeography and evolution of viviparid freshwater snails
  • (Kristina von Rintelen) > Phylogeny of atyid freshwater shrimps and evolution of subterranean lineages
  • (Kristina von Rintelen) > Evolutionary biology of cave shrimps from Maros karst on the Indonesian island Sulawesi
  • Biogeography of freshwater snails in the Indo-Australian Archipelago
  • Speciation and phylogeography of birds of paradise
  • Taxonomy and biogeography of microhylid frogs from Indonesian New Guinea (Papua)

Grants - Current projects

  • The lacustrine species flocks in the ancient lakes of Sulawesi (Indonesia): Linking organismic diversification and key environmental Events (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
  • The genetic basis of a morphological key trait: radula genes and the adaptive radiation of the freshwater snail Tylomelania (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
  • Testing biogeographic hypotheses in Wallacea using freshwater gastropods (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, DFG)
Last update: 03.07.2015