Miquel Pontes

Miquel Pontes

Miquel Pontes
(picture by Albert Ollé i Callau)

Professionally a computer systems engineer, he’s also an underwater photographer and amateur naturalist. Diver since 1994, he has logged hundreds of dives in the Mediterranean, Caribbean and Red seas, and the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans.

He has participated and participates in all kinds of divulgative projects (books, magazines, websites, conferences, exhibitions …) as a way to spread his main interest: to protect the seas and their creatures.

He discovered the amazing world of opisthobranchs in 1997 introduced by his diving buddies and since then it has been a continuous line of work, providing underwater pictures, observations in the environment, and IT support for the divulgation of these contents. He contributes with underwater pictures and he is the webmaster of this web site.

Research Papers

    Ballesteros, M., E. Madrenas, and M. Pontes. 2016. First record of the gastropod Philinopsis wildpretii (Ortea, Bacallado and Moro, 2003) (Cephalaspidea, Aglajidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Marine Biodiversity · September 2016.
    Ballesteros, M., M. Pontes, and E. Madrenas. 2015. Opisthobranch from Medes Islands (Marine Protected Area, Costa Brava, Catalonia, NE Spain): 40 years of study.
    Ballesteros, M., E. Madrenas, and M. Pontes. 2020. OPK - Opistobranquis. (https://opistobranquis.info/).
    Ballesteros, M., E. Madrenas, and M. Pontes. 2016. Actualización del catálogo de los moluscos opistobranquios (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) de las costas catalanas. Spira 6(2016): 1-28.
    Ballesteros, M., M. Pontes, and E. Madrenas. 2019. Els nudibranquis del mar català. Brau, Figueres.
    Crocetta, F., and M. Pontes. 2017. Crocetta & Pontes (2017) Bursatella leachii in Cyprus [in] Lipej et al. (2017) New Mediterranean Biodiversity records (March 2017). Medit. Mar. Sci., 18/1, 2017, 198.
    Dacosta, J. M., M. Pontes, A. Ollé i Callau, and L. Aguilar. 2009. Seguiment de mol·luscs opistobranquis a la platja des Caials (Cadaqués, Alt Empordà). Contribució al catàleg del Parc Natural de Cap de Creus. Annals de l’Institut d’Estudis Empordanesos. 40: 107–130.
    Korshunova, T., B. Picton, G. Furfaro, P. Mariottini, M. Pontes, J. Prkić, K. Fletcher, K. Malmberg, K. Lundin, and A. Martynov. 2019. Multilevel fine-scale diversity challenges the ‘cryptic species’ concept. Scientific Reports. 9: 6732.
    Pontes, M., J. M. Dacosta, A. Ollé i Callau, and L. Aguilar. 1996. M@re Nostrum. (http://marenostrum.org/).
    Sánchez-Tocino, L., F. Hidalgo-Puertas, and M. Pontes. 2007. Primera cita de Fistularia commersonii Ruppell, 1838 (Osteichtyes: Fistulariidae) en aguas mediterráneas de la Península Ibérica. Zool. baetica, 18:79-84.


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