Immune responses of the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoises (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis ssp. asiaeorientalis) to escalating anthropogenic stressors in the wild and seminatural environments

Nabi, Ghulam; Li, Ying; McLaughlin, Richard W.; Mei, Zhigang; Wang, Kexiong; Hao, Yujiang; Zheng, Jinsong; Wang, Ding
Frontiers in Physiology (2020)

Increasing anthropogenic stressors are potential threats to biodiversity conservation and management of Yangtze finless porpoises (YFPs). The objective of this study was to indirectly compare the habitat quality of a…


Characterization of a novel rhabdovirus isolated from a stranded harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

Emelianchik, Alexandra; Rodrigues, Thaís C. S.; Subramaniam, Kuttichantran; Nielsen, Ole; Burek-Huntington, Kathy A.; Rotstein, David; Popov, Vsevolod L.; Stone, David; Waltzek, Thomas B.
Virus Research (2019)

An adult male harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) stranded off the coast of Alaska displaying poor body condition, scattered mild ulcerative dermatitis, and necrotizing balanoposthitis. Necropsy findings included severe verminous panniculitis,…


Genetic homogeneity in the face of morphological heterogeneity in the harbor porpoise from the Black Sea and adjacent waters (Phocoena phocoena relicta)

Ben Chehida, Yacine; Thumloup, Julie; Vishnyakova, Karina; Gol’din, Pavel; Fontaine, Michael C.
Heredity (2019)

Absence of genetic differentiation is usually taken as an evidence of panmixia, but can also reflect other situations, including even nearly complete demographic independence among large-sized populations. Deciphering which situation…


Loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) as a confirmatory and rapid DNA detection method for grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) predation on harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena)

Heers, Teresa; van Neer, Abbo; Becker, André; Gross, Stephanie; Hansen, Kirstin Anderson; Siebert, Ursula; Abdulmawjood, Amir
Journal of Sea Research (2018)

An increasing number of harbour porpoises along the coastlines of northern Europe are victims of attacks by preying grey seals. To confirm grey seal attacks at a molecular level, a…


Genetic footprint of population fragmentation and contemporary collapse in a freshwater cetacean

Chen, Minmin; Fontaine, Michael C.; Ben Chehida, Yacine; Zheng, Jinsong; Labbé, Frédéric; Mei, Zhigang; Hao, Yujiang; Wang, Kexiong; Wu, Min; Zhao, Qingzhong; Wang, Ding
Scientific Reports (2017)

Understanding demographic trends and patterns of gene flow in an endangered species is crucial for devising conservation strategies. Here, we examined the extent of population structure and recent evolution of…