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Identification of a Stranded Whale by Mitochondrial DNA Analysis - www.DNASurveillance Program in Action


A whale stranded in 2003 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was identified based on its morphological characters as Bryde’s whale, Balaenoptera brydei. Tissue samples from the muscles were collected for sequencing of the mitochondrial control region. The obtained DNA sequence matched that of known common Bryde’s whale in a large database. The morphological species identification was thus confirmed. By matching sequenced tissue samples of unidentified whales and dolphins against a reference data base specific identifications are possible.

Publication Date : 2007-10-27

Volume : 20

Issue : 3

Page : 319-324

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