Paulo Fontoura

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Research group: 
Coastal Systems and Ocean
Research lines: 
Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Activity summary

Associate Professor (Univ. Port0). The current research work is focused on taxonomy and biogeography of tardigrades, mainly marine forms, performing morphological studies and species identification. The main goal is to obtain an integrated understanding of the mechanisms of adaptation of these intriguing organisms, based on the description of distribution patterns, relationships with ecological parameters, trophic interactions, etc. Currently, surveys from several world regions are under study.


BARTELS, P.J., FONTOURA P. & NELSON, D. R., 2018. Marine tardigrades of the Bahamas with the description of two new species and updated keys to the species of Anisonyches and Archechiniscus. Zootaxa, 4420(1): 043-070 SANTOS, E.; RUBAL, M., VEIGA, P., DA ROCHA, C.M.C.; & FONTOURA, P., 2018. Batillipes (Tardigrada, Arthrotardigrada) from the Portuguese coast with the description of two new species and a new dichotomous key for all species. European Journal of Taxonomy, GOMES-JR, E., SANTOS, E., da ROCHA, CMC, SANTOS, PJP & FONTOURA, P., 2018. A new species of Ligiarctus (Tardigrada, Heterotardigrada) from the Brazilian continental shelf, Southwestern Atlantic Ocean. Marine Biodiversity, 48(1):5-12 SANTOS, E.; RUBAL, M., VEIGA, P., BARTELS, P.J., DA ROCHA, C.M.C.; & FONTOURA, P., 2018. On the distribution of Batillipes tubernatis Pollock, 1971 (Arthrotardigrada: Batillipedidae) in the Atlantic Basin. Marine Biodiversity. 1-11 FONTOURA, P.; BARTELS, P.J.; JØRGENSSEN, A.; KRISTENSEN, R.M. & HANSEN, J.G., 2017 A dichotomous key to the genera of the marine heterotardigrades (Tardigrada). Zootaxa 4294(1): 1-45. FONTOURA, P.; RUBAL, M. & VEIGA, P., 2017. Two new species of Tardigrada (Eutardigrada: Ramazzottiidae, Macrobiotidae) from the supralittoral level of the Atlantic Iberian Peninsula rocky shores. Zootaxa, 4263(3): 450-466 SANTOS, E.; DA ROCHA, C.M.C.; GOMES JR. E. & FONTOURA, P. 2017. Three new Batillipes species (Arthrotardigrada: Batillipedidae) from the Brazilian coast. Zootaxa, 4243(3): 483-502. RUBAL, M.; VEIGA, P.; FONTOURA, P. & SOUSA-PINTO, I., 2017. A new Batillipes (Tardigrada, Heterotardigrada, Batillipedidae) from North Portugal (Atlantic Ocean). Marine Biodiversity, 47: 921-928