Population structure of North Atlantic and North Pacific sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) inferred from mitochondrial control region DNA sequences and microsatellite genotypes

Léonie A. E. Huijser, Martine Bérubé, Andrea A. Cabrera, Rui Prieto, Mónica A. Silva, Jooke Robbins, Naohisa Kanda, Luis A. Pastene, Mutsuo Goto, Hideyoshi Yoshida, Gísli A. Víkingsson, Per J. Palsbøll

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Currently, three stocks of sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis) are defined in the North Atlantic; the Nova Scotian, Iceland-Denmark Strait and Eastern North Atlantic stocks, which are mainly based upon historical catch and sighting data. We analyzed mitochondrial control region DNA (mtDNA) sequences and genotypes from 7 to 11 microsatellite loci in 87 samples from three sites in the North Atlantic; Iceland, the Gulf of Maine and the Azores, and compared against the North Pacific using 489 previously published samples. No statistically significant deviations from homogeneity were detected among the North Atlantic samples at mtDNA or microsatellite loci. The genealogy estimated from the mtDNA sequences revealed a clear division of the haplotypes into a North Atlantic and a North Pacific clade, with the exception of one haplotype detected in a single sample from the Azores, which was included in the North Pacific clade. Significant genetic divergence between the North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans was detected (mtDNA ΦST = 0.72, microsatellite Weir and Cockerham’s ϴ = 0.20; p 
Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)1007-1024
Aantal pagina's18
TijdschriftConservation Genetics
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
Vroegere onlinedatum30-mei-2018
StatusPublished - 2018

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