Anonymous nuclear markers for cetacean species

A. R. Amaral, M. C. Silva, L. M. Möller, L. B. Beheregaray, M. M. Coelho

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1143-1146
Number of pages4
JournalConservation Genetics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


  • Anonymous loci
  • Common dolphins
  • Delphinids
  • SNPs


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