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.

Coauthor of several scientific papers on Heterobranchia and of the book “Nudibranquis del mar català”, he is editor of several websites on marine contents: marenostrum.org, vidamarina.info and opistobranquis.info

Research Papers

    Ballesteros M, Madrenas E, Pontes M. 2016. First record of the gastropod Philinopsis wildpretii (Ortea, Bacallado and Moro, 2003) (Cephalaspidea, Aglajidae) in the Iberian Peninsula. Marine Biodiversity · September 2016. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-016-0562-6.
    Ballesteros M, Pontes M, Madrenas E. 2015. Opisthobranch from Medes Islands (Marine Protected Area, Costa Brava, Catalonia, NE Spain): 40 years of study. Available from https://www.facebook.com/people/5th-International-Workshop-on-Opisthobranchs/100072425991990/.
    Ballesteros M, Madrenas E, Pontes M. 2016. Actualización del catálogo de los moluscos opistobranquios (Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) de las costas catalanas. Spira. 6:1–28.
    Ballesteros M, Pontes M, Madrenas E. 2019. Els nudibranquis del mar català. Figueres: Brau Edicions. 192 p.
    Ballesteros M, Pontes M, Cervera JL. 2023. The genus Thordisa Bergh, 1877 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) in the Iberian Peninsula. Butlletí Institució Catalana d’Història Natural. 87(2):87–96. https://doi.org/10.2436/20.1502.01.146.
    Ballesteros M, Pontes M, Álvarez G, et al. 2023. The hidden life of coastal cities. The case of marine biodiversity in Barcelona (Spain). Available from https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.16154.52165.
    Ballesteros M, Pontes M, Álvarez G, et al. 2023. La vida oculta de las ciudades costeras: El caso de la biodiversidad marina en Barcelona (España). VIMAR Vida Marina. Available from https://vidamarina.info/?p=5451.
    Ballesteros M, Madrenas E, Pontes M. 2024. OPK - Opistobranquis. Available from https://opistobranquis.info/.
    Camps J, Ballesteros M, Trobajo R, et al. 2020. Not all nudibranchs are carnivorous: trophic ecology of Polycerella emertoni in the Ebro Delta. Marine Ecology Progress Series 645: 67-82. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13379.
    Camps J, Ballesteros M, Trobajo R, et al. 2021. Are all nudibranchs carnivorous? Feeding behaviour of the cryptic nudibranch Polycerella emertoni associated with the pseudo-indigenous bryozoan Amathia verticillata. Available from http://www.umag.cl/facultades/ciencias/biologiamarina/wp-content/uploads/resumenes-xl-congreso-ciencias-del-mar-magallanes-biomarina-umag2021.pdf.
    Córdoba D, Enguídanos, Valdés Á, et al. 2023. Where do I come from? Phylogenetic analysis of Bursatella leachii Blainville, 1817 (Mollusca: Gastropoda: Heterobranchia) from the Catalonian coast (NE Spain). Cahiers de Biologie Marine. 64:325–336. https://doi.org/10.21411/CBM.A.72CAEE19.
    Crocetta F, Pontes M. 2017. Bursatella leachii in Cyprus [in] Lipej et al. (2017) New Mediterranean Biodiversity records (March 2017). Medit. Mar. Sci., 18/1, 2017, 198.
    Dacosta JM, Pontes M, Ollé i Callau A, et al. 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. https://doi.org/10.2436/20.8010.01.8.
    Furfaro G, Schreier C, Trainito E, et al. 2022. The Sea Slug Doriopsilla areolata Bergh, 1880 (Mollusca, Gastropoda) in the Mediterranean Sea: Another Case of Cryptic Diversity. Diversity. 14(297):1–17. https://doi.org/10.3390/d14040297.
    Korshunova T, Picton B, Furfaro G, et al. 2019. Multilevel fine-scale diversity challenges the ‘cryptic species’ concept. Scientific Reports. 9(1):6732. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42297-5.
    Lipej L, Acevedo L, Akel EHKh, et al. 2017. New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (March 2017). Medit. Mar. Sci., 18/1, 2017, 179-201. https://doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.12681/mms.2068.
    Orfanidis S, Alvito A, Azzurro E, et al. 2021. New Alien Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (March 2021). Mediterranean Marine Science. 22(1):180–198. https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.25294.
    Parera A, Pontes M, Salvador X, et al. 2020. Sea slugs (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia): the other inhabitants of the city of Barcelona (Spain). Butlletí de la Institució Catalana d’Història Natural, 84: 75-100.
    Pontes M, Ballesteros M. 2012 2023. VIMAR - Vida Marina. Available from https://vidamarina.info.
    Pontes M, Ballesteros M. 2023. Bursatella leachii Blainville, 1817 (Mollusca, Gastropoda, Heterobranchia), a successful global sea hare. OPK Opistobranquis.:13. Available from https://opistobranquis.info/en/?p=42720.
    Pontes M, Madrenas E. 2021. First records of the NE Atlantic nudibranch Okenia picoensis Paz-Sedano, Ortigosa & Pola, 2017 (Gastropoda, Goniodorididae) in the Mediterranean Sea [in] Orfanidis et al. (2021) New Alien Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (March 2021). Mediterranean Marine Science. 22(1):186–187. https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.25294.
    Pontes M, Dacosta JM, Ollé i Callau A, et al. 2023. M@re Nostrum. Available from http://marenostrum.org/.
    Pontes M, Salvador X, Parera A, et al. 2021. Biodiversity in anthropized marinas. The case of the Barcelona Forum bathing area (Spain). Barcelona: Institució Catalana d’Història Natural (Monografies de la Societat Catalana d’Història Natural). 68 p.
    Ragkousis M, Abdelali N, Azzurro E, et al. 2020. New Alien Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (October 2020). Mediterranean Marine Science, 21(3), 631-652. https://doi.org/10.12681/mms.23673.
    Sánchez-Tocino L, Hidalgo-Puertas F, Pontes M. 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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