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Dr. Víctor Sarto i Monteys

Víctor Sarto i Monteys
Current position:
Senior Researcher Entomology
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Bellaterra, Spain.

Previous positions/career:
Degree in Biology (1979), Post Graduate Research work (1980), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – “Faunistic and biological study of a butterfly community: the winter-spring nymphalids (Lepidoptera) of a site close to Barcelona.” // “Assaig sobre l'estudi faunístic i biològic d'una taxocenosi: els Nymphaloidea (Ordre Lepidoptera) hivernals-primaverals d'una localitat propera a Barcelona.”
- PhD in Entomology (1984), Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona – "Study of the Noctuids (Lepidoptera) of the Montseny Massif (Barcelona). Seasonality and distribution of the species found in the mediterranean evergreen oak forest" // " Estudio de los Lepidópteros Noctuidae del Macizo del Montseny (Barcelona). Fenología y distribución de las especies halladas en el encinar montano mediterráneo ".
- Degree in Pharmacy (1991), Universitat de Barcelona.

Phone: +34 93 586 8647
Email: Victor.Sarto@uab.cat
Office: Z-141 (ICTA-UAB)

Mailing address:
Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA)
Entomology, Plants and Health-Room Z/141
Building Z – ICTA-ICP Bellaterra UAB Campus
Autonomous University of Barcelona
08193 Bellaterra (Spain)

Victor Sarto i Monteys is a vocational entomologist since he was six years old and started collecting butterflies and other insects. He holds a PhD. in Biology and a degree in Pharmacy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Barcelona, respectively. His PhD. dissertation (1984) dealt with the ecology and faunistics of a family of nocturnal Lepidoptera (the Noctuidae) of great applied interest, since it contains several pest species that affect agricultural crops and forest ecosystems.

He made a three-years postdoctoral stay at James Cook University (Australia) where he studied the relationship between butterflies and flowers visited by them to obtain the nectar. On his return to Spain in 1990, he joined as an entomologist at the Department of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries of the Generalitat of Catalonia, dealing with the biology and diagnostics of plant pests, especially those recently introduced in Catalonia, i.e. invasive pests. As to the latter, it is noteworthy his works on the geranium borer, Cacyreus marshalli (Lep. Lycaenidae) and the Castniid palm borer, Paysandisia archon (Lep. Castniidae).

From 2001 to 2008 he worked at the Centre for Research in Animal Health (CReSA) located at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, where he combined his work on plant pests (Plant Health) with that dealing with mosquito vectors of diseases in farm animals (Animal Health). During most of these years he studied the vector mosquitoes of Bluetongue (a serious disease of sheep) which are Ceratopogonidae of the genus Culicoides, being in charge of the entomological surveillance program in Catalonia in coordination with the Spanish National Programme. The main vector of Bluetongue, Culicoides imicola was first discovered in eastern Spain by Dr. Sarto’s team, as well as a parasitic nematode of Culicoides, which was a new species for Science (named Heleidomermis cataloniensis).

He is the author of two books (Field Guides) on the insects of Catalonia. He has participated in numerous research projects in entomology, both contracted with private and public companies. He was also selected as an expert entomologist in two PHARE projects financed by the European Union, one with the Czech Republic (2003) and another with Slovenia (2006). So far he has contributed about 150 scientific and divulgative articles in the field of Entomology.

In July 2013 he joined the prestigious Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, which has recently being granted the ‘Maria de Maeztu’ national prize for excellence in scientific research. There he leads the research on invasive insect species.

Publications (only some of the most relevant since 2001)


Sarto i Monteys, V., Quero, C., Santa-Cruz, M.C., Rosell, G. & Guerrero, A., 2016. Sexual communication in day-flying Lepidoptera with special reference to castniids or ‘butterfly-moths’. Bulletin of Entomological Research, 106: 421-431.

Baker, R., Baufeld, P., Guitián, J.M., Hattingh, V., Panagiotis, M., Sarto i Monteys, V., van der Straten, M., Petter, F., 2013. Pest risk analysis for Thaumatotibia leucotreta (126 pg). EPPO, Paris. Available at http://www.eppo.int/QUARANTINE/Pest_Risk_Analysis/PRA_intro.htm

Sarto i Monteys, V., Acín, P., Rosell, G., Quero, C., Jiménez, M.A. & Guerrero, A., 2012. Moths behaving like butterflies. Evolutionary loss of long range attractant pheromones in castniid moths: A Paysandisia archon model. PLoS ONE 7(1): e29282. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0029282.

Foxi, C., Pinna, M., Sarto i Monteys, V. & Delrio, G., 2011. An updated checklist of the Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) of Sardinia (Italy), and seasonality in proven and potential vectors for bluetongue virus (BTV). Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 113: 403-416.

Mullens, B. A., Gerry, A. C., Sarto i Monteys, V., Pinna, M. & González, A., 2010.- Field studies on Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) activity and response to deltamethrin applications to sheep in northeastern Spain. Journal of Medical Entomology, 47(1): 106-110.

Calvo, J.H., C. Calvete, A. Martínez-Royo, R. Estrada, M.A. Miranda, D. Borràs, V. Sarto i Monteys, N. Pagès, J.A. Delgado, F. Collantes & J. Lucientes, 2009.- Variations in the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I gene indicate northward expanding populations of Culicoides imicola in Spain. Bulletin of Entomological Research, doi:10.1017/S0007485309006622

Pagès, N., Muñoz-Muñoz, F., Talavera, S., Sarto i Monteys, V., Lorca, C. & Núñez, J.I., 2009.- Identification of cryptic species of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in the subgenus Culicoides and development of species-specific PCR assays based on barcode regions. Veterinary Parasitology, 165 (3-4): 298-310.

Gerry, A. C., Sarto i Monteys, V., Moreno Vidal, J-O., Francino, O. & Mullens, B. A., 2009.- Biting rates of Culicoides midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) on sheep in northeastern Spain in relation to midge capture using UV light and carbon dioxide-baited traps. Journal of Medical Entomology, 46(3): 615-624.

Martínez-de la Puente, J., Merino, S., Tomás, G., Moreno, J., Morales, J., Lobato, E., Talavera, S. & Sarto i Monteys, V., 2009.- Factors affecting Culicoides species composition and abundance in avian nests. Parasitology, 136: 1033-1041.

Sarto i Monteys, V., Delécolle, J.C., Moreno Vidal, J.O. & Pinna, M., 2009.- New records of biting midges of the genus Culicoides Latreille (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) for Spain and Catalonia autonomous community (NE Spain), with notes on their biology and veterinary importance. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, 111(3): 714-733.

Mullens, B. A., Sarto i Monteys, V. & Przhiboro, A. A., 2008.- Mermithid parasitism in Ceratopogonidae: A literature review and critical assessment of host impact and potential for biological control of Culicoides. Russian Entomological Journal, 17: 87-113.

Poinar Jr., G.O. & Sarto i Monteys, V., 2008.- Mermithids (Nematoda: Mermithidae) of biting midges (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae): Heleidomermis cataloniensis n. sp. from Culicoides circumscriptus Kieffer in Spain and a species of Cretacimermis Poinar, 2001 from a ceratopogonid in Burmese amber. Systematic Parasitology, 69: 13–21. doi:10.1007/s11230-007-9091-9

Sarto i Monteys, V. & Baixeras, J. (2006). Nota sobre tortrícidos ibéricos del género Pammene Hübner, [1825] (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae). SHILAP Revta. lepid., 34 (134): 159-162.

Calvete, C., Miranda, M. A., Estrada, R., Borrás, D., Sarto i Monteys, V., Collantes, F., García de Francisco, J. M., Moreno, N., Lucientes, J., 2006.- Spatial distribution of Culicoides imicola, the main vector of bluetongue virus, in Spain. Veterinary Record, 158: 130-131.

Ventura, D., Pagès, N. & Sarto i Monteys, V., 2005.- Citas nuevas e interesantes de Culicoides Latreille, 1809 para Cataluña y la Península Ibérica (Diptera, Nematocera, Ceratopogonidae). Boletín de la Asociación española de Entomología, 29(1-2): 75-86.
Pagès, N. & Sarto i Monteys, V., 2005.- Differentiation of Culicoides obsoletus and Culicoides scoticus (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) based on mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I. Journal of Medical Entomology, 42(6): 1026-1034.

Sarto i Monteys, V. & Aguilar, Ll., 2005. The Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon (Burmeister, 1880) in Europe: Comparative biology, pest status and possible control methods (Lepidoptera: Castniidae). Nachrichten des Entomologischen Vereins Apollo, N.F., 26 (1/2): 61–94.

Sarto i Monteys, V., Aguilar, Ll., Saiz-Ardanaz, M., Ventura, D. & Martí, M., 2005 Comparative morphology of the egg of the Castniid Palm Borer, Paysandisia archon (Burmeister, 1880) (Lepidoptera: Castniidae). Systematics and Biodiversity, 3(2): 179-201. doi:10.1017/S1477200005001635

Sarto i Monteys, V., Aranda, C., Escosa, R., Pagès, N. & Ventura, D., 2004.- Results of current surveillance of likely bluetongue virus vectors of the genus Culicoides in Catalonia, Spain. Veterinaria Italiana, 40(3): 130-132.

Sarto i Monteys, V. & Saiz-Ardanaz, M. 2003. Culicoides midges in Catalonia (Spain), with special reference to likely bluetongue virus vectors. Medical and Veterinary Entomology, 17: 288-293.

Sarto i Monteys, V., Hunt, D.J. & Saiz-Ardanaz, M., 2003.- Intersex in Culicoides circumscriptus caused by a parasitic nematode of the genus Heleidomermis from Spain. Revista Ibérica de Parasitología, 63 (1-2): 36-42.

Sarto i Monteys, V., 2002. The discovery, description and taxonomy of Paysandisia archon (Burmeister, 1880), a castniid species recently found in southwestern Europe (Castniidae). Nota lep., 25(1): 3-15.

Aguilar, Ll., Miller, J.Y. & Sarto i Monteys, V., 2001.- A new lepidopteran family for the European fauna. SHILAP Rvta. lepid., 29(113): 86-87.

Books and book chapters:

MORENO, J.M., E. GALANTE, M.A. RAMOS, R. ARAUJO, J. BAIXERAS, J. CARRANZA, M. DAUFRESNE, M. DELIBES, H. ENGHOFF, J. FERNÁNDEZ, C. GÓMEZ, A. MARCO, A. G. NICIEZA, M. NOGALES, M. PAPES, N. ROURA, J. J. SANZ, V. Sarto i Monteys, V. SECO, O. SORIANO, C. STEFANESCU. 2014. Impacts on Animal Biodiversity: 243-294. In MORENO, JOSÉ MANUEL (ed.): A preliminary general assessment of the impacts in Spain due to the effects of climate change (764 pp). Centro de Publicaciones. Secretaría General Técnica. Ministerio de Medio Ambiente. Madrid. I.S.B.N.: 84-8320-303-0

Sarto i Monteys, V. 1997. Ocho fichas de insectos: Piojo de los libros (pág. 129); Piojos chupadores (pág. 130-131); Chinches (pág. 132-133); Mariposas amarillas y blancas (pág. 160-161); Carderas, ortigueras, antíope (pág. 162-163); Esfinges (pág. 164-165); Polillas de la ropa (pág. 166-167); Taladro de los geranios (pág. 168). En: OMEDES, A., SENAR, J.C. & URIBE, F. (ed.): Animales de nuestras ciudades: 340 pág. Editorial Planeta. Barcelona.

PUJADE, J. & Sarto i Monteys, V. (1986) Guia dels Insectes dels Països Catalans/1. Vol. 2º de la colección "Conèixer la Natura". Editorial Kapel S.A. Barcelona. 1986. 184 págs. ISBN: 84-85952-61-8

PUJADE, J. & Sarto i Monteys, V. (1986). Guia dels Insectes dels Països Catalans/2. Vol. 3º de la colección "Conèixer la Natura". Editorial Kapel S.A. Barcelona. 1986. 118 págs. ISBN: 84-85952-62-6.

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