Technical Note

Conservation Genetics

, Volume 11, Issue 3, pp 1143-1146

First online:

Anonymous nuclear markers for cetacean species

  • A. R. AmaralAffiliated withCentro de Biologia Ambiental, Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de LisboaDepartment of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University Email author 
  • , M. C. SilvaAffiliated withCentro de Biologia Ambiental, Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa
  • , L. M. MöllerAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Sciences, Macquarie UniversitySchool of Biological Sciences, Flinders University
  • , L. B. BeheregarayAffiliated withDepartment of Biological Sciences, Macquarie UniversitySchool of Biological Sciences, Flinders University
  • , M. M. CoelhoAffiliated withCentro de Biologia Ambiental, Departamento de Biologia Animal, Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa

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Abstract

Here we report the development and characterization of 17 anonymous nuclear markers for cetacean species. These markers were isolated from a genomic library built from a common dolphin (genus Delphinus), and tested across several families within Cetacea. An average of 1 SNP per 272 bp was found in 10 anonymous markers screened for polymorphism within the genus Delphinus (total of 6,537 bp sequenced). These markers represent a significant addition to the set of tools used in genetic studies of cetaceans where population and species boundaries have to be inferred in order to implement proper conservation strategies.

Keywords

SNPs Anonymous loci Common dolphins Delphinids