Rafael Bañón


Contact information:

Eduardo Cabello, 6. Vigo. Pontevedra. 36208 (Spain)

(+34) 986231930 ext. 241

E-mail: rbdiaz@iim.csic.es


Research interests

Artisanal fisheries, octopus biology and fishery, fish integrative taxonomy, ichthyofauna of seamounts, impact of climate change on fishes, marine exotic species, biogeography and fishers and fisheries anthropology.



  • 1988: Degree in Biological Sciences specialty of Marine Biology, University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • 1997: MASTER en Ciencia y Tecnología de Conservación de productos derivados de la pesca, University of Vigo, 60 créditos.
  • 2016: PhD by the University of Vigo (“Fish taxonomy and biogeography).


Professional profile

  • 1996 –1998: Senior Research Scientist, Instituto Español de Oceanografía IEO, Vigo, Spain
  • 1999 – present: Biologist, Xunta de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain
  • Published a total of 8 books or book chapters, 49 scientific papers and 17 conference contributions.
  • Participated in 7 R+D projects.


Publications (SCI)

  1. Bañón, R; E Rodríguez-Marín. & M. Covelo. 1999. New northern limit for the distribution of Brotulotaenia brevicauda (Ophidiiformes, Ophidiidae) and Pseudoscopelus scriptus (Perciformes, Chiasmodontidae) in the Atlantic. Cybium, 23 (2): 189-194.
  2. Bañón, R; D. Garabana; A. Armesto & P. Durán. 2000.  New records of Parapercis roseoviridis (Perciformes: Pinguipedidae) in the southeast Atlantic. Cybium, 24(4): 411-414.
  3. Piñeiro, C. G., M. Casas & R. Bañón. 2001. The deep-water fisheries exploited by Spanish fleets in the Northeast Atlantic: a review of the current status. Fisheries Research, 51: 311-320.
  4. Bañón, R. 2001. New record of Cataetyx laticeps (Bythitidae) in northwestern Atlantic. Cybium, 25 (1): 93-94.
  5. Bañón, R., A. Armesto, D. Garabana & P. Durán. 2001.  First record of Chrionema chlorotaenia  (Perciformes: Percophida) from the southeast Atlantic. Cybium, 25 (3): 278-280.
  6. Bañón, R., J.L. Del Río, C. Piñeiro & M. Casas. 2002. Occurrence of tropical affinity fishes in Galician waters NW Spain. Journal Marine Biology Association. U.K., 82: 877-880.
  7. Bañón R 2004. New records of two Southern fish in Galician waters (NW Spain). Cybium, 28 (4): 367-368.
  8. Pardo, B.G., A. Machordom, F. Foresti, F. Foresti, M.F.C. Azevedo, R. Bañón, L. Sánchez & P. Martínez. 2005. Phylogenetic analysis of flatfish (Order Pleuronectiformes) based on mitochondrial 16S rDNA sequences. Scientia Marina, 69(4): 531-543.
  9. Bañón, R. C. Piñeiro & M. Casas. 2006. Biological aspects of deep-water sharks Centroscymnus coelolepis and Centrophorus squamosus off Galician waters (NW Spain). Journal Marine Biology Association. U.K., 86 (4): 847-852.
  10. Bañón, R., T.W. Pietsch & C-G Piñeiro. 2006. New record of Linophryne coronata, (Lophiiformes, Linophrynidae) from the North-eastern Atlantic Ocean. Cybium, 30 (4): 385-386.
  11. Bañón, R & C. Sande. 2008. First record of the cornetfish Fistularia petimba (Syngnathiformes: Fistularidae) from Galician waters. A northernmost occurrence in the eastern Atlantic. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 24: 106–107.
  12. Bañón, R., A. Garazo & A. Fernández. 2008. Note about the presence of the lumpsucker Cyclopterus lumpus (Teleostei, Cyclopteridae) in Galician waters (NW Spain). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 24: 108-109.
  13. Bañón, R., C. Piñeiro and M. Casas. 2008. Biological observations on the gulper shark Centrophours granulosus (Chondrichthyes: Centrophoridae) off the coast of Galicia (north-west Spain, eastern Atlantic). Journal Marine Biology Association. U.K., 88 (2): 411-414.
  14. Bañón, R., E. Rolán & M. García-Tasende. 2008. First record of the purple dye murex Bolinus brandaris (Gastropoda: Muricidae) and a revised list of non native molluscs from Galician waters (Spain, NE Atlantic). Aquatic Invasions, 3 (3): 331-334.
  15. Bañón, R. & G.R. Mucientes. 2009. First record of Seriola fasciata (Carangidae) from Galician waters (NW Spain). A new northernmost occurrence in the NE Atlantic. Cybium, 33 (3): 247-248.
  16. Bañón, R., J. C. Arronte, J. Heredia & J. A. Pis-Millán. 2010. First record of a specimen of Lepidion guentheri (Giglioli, 1880) (Gadiformes: Moridae) with melanistic coloration. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 26: 602-605.
  17. Villegas-Ríos, D. & R. Bañón. 2010. First record and new meristic data of Gobius xanthocephalus (Gobiidae) from Galician waters (NW Spain). Cybium, 34(3): 311-314.
  18. Bañon, R., D. Villegas-Ríos, A. Serrano, G. Mucientes & J.C. Arronte. 2010. Marine fishes from Galicia (NW Spain): an updated checklist. Zootaxa, 2667: 1–27.
  19. Bañon, R. & V. Santás. 2011. First record of Lagocephalus laevigatus (Tetraodontiformes, Tetraodontidae) from Galician waters (northwest Spain), a northernmost occurrence in the north-east Atlantic. Journal of Fish Biology, 78: 1574–1578.
  20. Bañón, R., X. Valeiras, A. Armesto & E. Abad. 2011. Occurrence of Ophisurus serpens (Anguilliformes, Ophichthidae) from Galician waters (NW Spain). Cybium, 35 (2): 157-158.
  21. Arronte, J. C., Bañón, R., D. T. G. Quigley, J. A. Pis-Millán &. J. Heredia 2011. New data on Lepidion schmidti (Gadiformes: Moridae) from the north-east Atlantic Ocean. Journal of Fish Biology, 79 (7): 1709-1721.
  22. Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte, A. Serrano & F. Sánchez. 2011. First records of Purplemouthed conger Pseudophichthys splendens (Anguilliformes: Congridae) from the Galicia Bank (NW Spain). A northward range extension of their distribution in the eastern Atlantic. Cybium, 35 (3): 262-264.
  23. Bañón, R., A. Alonso-Fernández, D.T.G. Quigley, A. Miranda & J.C. Arronte. 2012. Unusual shallow inshore records of Cornish blackfish Schedophilus medusophagus (Stromateoidei: Centrolophidae) from Galician waters (NW Spain). Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 53: 271-277.
  24. Arronte, J.C., R Bañón, A. Serrano & F. Sánchez. 2012. On the occurrence of Odontostomops normalops (Aulopiformes: Evermannellidae) in the Bay of Biscay (north-eastern Atlantic). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 28 (4): 649-651.
  25. Sanjuán, A., A De Carlos, C. Rodríguez-Cabello, R. Bañón, F. Sánchez & A.Serrano. 2012. Molecular identification of the Arrowhead Dogfish Deania profundorum (Centrophoridae) from the northern waters of the Iberian Peninsula. Marine Biology Research, 8: 901-905.
  26. Ruiz-Pico S., J.C. Arronte, R. Bañón & O. Fernández-Zapico. 2012. Northernmost records of Gadella maraldi (Actinopterygii: Gadiformes: Moridae) in the north-eastern Atlantic. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 42 (3): 263–267.
  27. Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte, S. Vázquez-Dorado, J.L. del Río & A. de Carlos. 2013. DNA barcoding of the genus Lepidion (Gadiformes: Moridae) with recognition of Lepidion eques as a junior synonym of Lepidion lepidion. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13: 189–199.
  28. Villegas-Ríos D, Alonso-Fernández A, Fabeiro M, Bañón R, Saborido-Rey F. 2013. Demographic variation between colour patterns in a temperate protogynous hermaphrodite, the Ballan Wrasse Labrus bergylta. PLoS ONE 8(8): e71591. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0071591
  29. Gonzalo Mucientes, Rafael Bañón, Nuno Queiroz. 2013. Updated distribution range of longfin mako Isurus paucus (Lamniformes: Lamnidae) in the North Atlantic. Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 29 (5): 1163-1165.
  30. Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte, D. Barros-García, S. Vázquez-Dorado & A. de Carlos. 2013. Taxonomic study of Bathygadidae fishes (Gadiformes) from Atlantic Spanish waters combining morphological and molecular approaches. Zootaxa, 3746 (4): 552–566.
  31. Valladares, S., R. Bañón, A. López, C. Bouza, A. Chamorro, M.E. García & M. Planas. 2014. First records of the seahorse Hippocampus hippocampus in Galician waters (NW Spain). Cybium, 38 (1): 74-76.
  32. Rodríguez-Cabello, C., M. Pérez & R. Bañon. 2014. Occurrence of Apristurus species in the Galicia Bank Seamount (NE Atlantic). Journal of Applied Ichthyology, 30 (5): 906-915.
  33. Alonso-Fernández, A., J. Otero, D. Villegas-Ríos and R. Bañón. 2014. Drivers of body size changes of a Pollachius pollachius stock in NE Atlantic coastal waters. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 511: 223–235.
  34. Bañón R., Arronte J.C., Isbert W., Coscelli G. & Sánchez F. 2014. Melanic hyper-pigmentation in the genus Lepidion (Gadiformes: Moridae). Cybium, 38 (3): 231-234.
  35. Villegas-Ríos, D., J. Alós, M. Palmer, S.K. Lowerre-Barbieri, R. Bañón, A. Alonso-Fernández, F. Saborido-Rey. 2014. Life-history and activity shape catchability in a sedentary fish. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 515: 239–250.
  36. Bañón, R., D. Barros-García G. Mucientes & A. de Carlos. 2014. Northernmost records of Pagrus auriga (Sparidae) and Pomadasys incisus (Haemulidae) in the eastern Atlantic.. Acta Ichthiologica et Piscatoria, 44 (4): 323–327. DOI: 10.3750/AIP2014.44.4.07
  37. Bañón, R., J. Fernández, J.E. Trigo, J. Pérez-Dieste, D. Barros-García & A. de Carlos. 2015. Range expansion, biometric features and molecular identification of the exotic ark shell Anadara kagoshimensis from Galician waters, NW Spain. Journal Marine Biology Association. U.K., 95 (3): 545-550. doi:10.1017/S0025315414002045
  38. Aneiros, F., M. Rubal, J. S Troncoso & R. Bañón. 2015. Subtidal benthic megafauna in a productive and highly urbanized semi-enclosed bay (Ría de Vigo, NW Iberian Peninsula). Continental Shelf Research, 110: 16-24. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.csr.2015.09.018
  39. Barros-García, D., Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte, L. Fernández-Peralta, R. García & A. de Carlos. 2016. DNA barcoding of deep-water notacanthiform fishes (Teleostei: Elopomorpha). Zoologica Scripta, 45 (3): 263–272, doi:10.111/zsc.12154
  40. Rodríguez-Cabello, C., G. Díez, M. Pérez, R. Bañón. 2015. Range extension: records of Anarhichas denticulatus (Perciformes: Anarhichadidae) caught in the southern Bay of Biscay (NE Atlantic). Cybium, 39(4): 309-312..
  41. Cuesta, J.A., B. Almón, J. Pérez-Dieste, J.E Trigo & R. Bañón. 2016. Role of Ships´ hull fouling and tropicalization process on European carcinofauna: new records in Galician waters (NW Spain). Biological invasions, 18: 619–630. DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-1034-9
  42. Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte, C. Rodríguez-Cabello, C.-G. Piñeiro, A. Punzón & A. Serrano. 2016. Commented checklist of marine fishes from the Galicia Bank seamount (NW Spain). Zootaxa 4067 (3): 293–333
  43. Fernández-Rodríguez, I., R. Bañón, N. Anadón & A. Arias. 2016. First record of Anadara transversa (Say, 1822) (Bivalvia: Arcidae) in the Bay of Biscay. Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 57: 277-280.
  44. Barros-García, D., Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte & A. de Carlos. 2016. New data reinforcing the taxonomic status of Lepidion eques as synonym of Lepidion lepidion (Teleostei, Gadiformes). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, 68: 6-10.
  45. Bañón, R., T. Maño & G. Mucientes. 2016. Massive observations of newborn blue sharks Prionace glauca from inshore shallower Galician waters (NE Atlantic). Journal of Fish Biology. 89, 2167–2177. doi:10.1111/jfb.13082
  46. Bañón, R., J.C. Arronte, D. Barros-García & A. de Carlos. Halosaur fishes (Notacanthiformes: Halosauridae) from Atlantic Spanish waters according to integrative taxonomy. Zootaxa 4184 (3): 471–490. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4184.3.3
  47. Bañón, R., Cuesta, J.A., B. Almón, J. Pérez-Dieste, J.E Trigo & Berta, M. 2016. First records of two decapod crustaceans, the caramote prawn Penaeus kerathurus and the blue crab Callinectes sapidus from Galician waters (NE Atlantic). Cahiers de Biologie Marine, 57(4): 323-328.
  48. Alonso-Fernández, A., J. Otero, R. Bañón, J.M. Campelos, J. Santos & G. Mucientes. (2017) Sex ratio variation in an exploited population of common octopus: ontogenic shifts and spatio-temporal dynamics. Hydrobiologia, 794(1): 1-16. DOI 10.1007/s10750-016-3065-3
  49. Bañón, R, Arias, A., Arana, D. & Cuesta, J.A. (2017). Identification of non native Cynoscion species (Perciformes: Sciaenidae) from the Gulf of Cádiz (south of Spain) and data about its current status. Sci. Mar. 81(1): 19- 26

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