Marine Biology

, Volume 23, Issue 4, pp 343–346 | Cite as

Cytological sexing of cetacea

  • H. E. Winn
  • W. L. Bischoff
  • A. G. Taruski
Article

Abstract

A biopsy dart, that can be shot from a gun or crossbow, was developed to obtain skin of whales at sea. Determination of sex was found possible by staining and locating sex chromatin bodies in the nuclei of female skin cells. This procedure will be useful in many types of field studies on whales.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. E. Winn
    • 1
  • W. L. Bischoff
    • 2
  • A. G. Taruski
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Rhode IslandKingstonUSA
  2. 2.University of ToledoToledoUSA

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