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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?


Abstract


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.


Keywords


Balaenoptera acutorostrata; Common Minke Whale; Cetacea; Balaenopteridae; stranding; Tyrrhenian Sea

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4404/hystrix-27.2-11661

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