Haplotype characterization of a young stranded Common Minke Whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata Lacépède, 1804): is the Mediterranean Sea a potential calving or nursery ground for the species?
 
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Dipartimento di Biologia, Complesso Universitario di Monte Sant’Angelo, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Edificio 7, via Cinthia 26, 80126 Napoli
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Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita e dell’Ambiente, Università Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche, 60100 Ancona
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Centro Studi Ecosistemi Mediterranei, Via Caracciolo, 84068 Pollica (Salerno), frazione Pioppi
Publish date: 2016-10-27
 
Hystrix It. J. Mamm. 2016;27(2)
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The stranding of a suckling calf of Common Minke Whale  (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) on the coast near Salerno (Campania, Southern Italy) is reported. The molecular analysis of a partial sequence of the mitochondrial DNA control region shows that the animal bore a haplotype identical to haplotype Ba169 considered as typical of individuals from North Atlantic population. Historical data and our results suggest the possibility that the Mediterranean Sea might be a potential calving or nursery ground for this species.

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