Genetic and historic evidence for climate-driven population fragmentation in a top cetacean predator: The harbour porpoises in European water

Fontaine, M. C.; Tolley, K. A.; Michaux, J. R.; Birkun, A.; Ferreira, M.; Jauniaux, T.; Llavona, A.; Ozturk, B.; Ozturk, A. A.; Ridoux, V.; Rogan, E.; Sequeira, M.; Bouquegneau, J.-M.; Baird, S. J. E.
Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2010)

Recent climate change has triggered profound reorganization in northeast Atlantic ecosystems, with substantial impact on the distribution of marine assemblages from plankton to fishes. However, assessing the repercussions on apex…


Fatal disseminated Toxoplasma gondii infection in a captive harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

Herder, V.; van de Velde, N.; Højer Kristensen, J.; van Elk, C.; Peters, M.; Kilwinski, J.; Schares, G.; Siebert, U.; Wohlsein, P.
Journal of Comparative Pathology (2015)

A 7-year-old female harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), born and held in captivity, suffered from reduced consciousness, imprecise and circling swimming movements and long phases of immobility over a period of…


Genetic diversity and population structure of the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) as revealed by mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA

Chen, Minmin; Zheng, Jinsong; Wu, Min; Ruan, Rui; Zhao, Qingzhong; Wang, Ding
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2014)

Ecological surveys have indicated that the population of the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (YFP, Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis) is becoming increasingly small and fragmented, and will be at high risk…


De novo assembly and characterization of narrow-ridged finless porpoise renal transcriptome and identification of candidate genes involved in osmoregulation

Ruan, Rui; Guo, Ai-Huan; Hao, Yu-Jiang; Zheng, Jin-Song; Wang, Ding
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2015)

During the evolutionary transition from land to water, cetaceans have undergone numerous critical challenges, with osmoregulation being the major one. Two subspecies of the narrow-ridged finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis), the…


Parentage-based group composition and dispersal pattern studies of the Yangtze finless porpoise population in Poyang Lake

Chen, Minmin; Zheng, Yang; Hao, Yujiang; Mei, Zhigang; Wang, Kexiong; Zhao, Qingzhong; Zheng, Jinsong; Wang, Ding
International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2016)

Social behaviors are poorly known for the critically endangered Yangtze finless porpoise (YFP, Neophocaena asiaeorientalis asiaeorientalis). Here, group composition and dispersal patterns of the YFP population living in the Poyang…


Identification of novel cetacean poxviruses in cetaceans stranded in south west England

Barnett, James; Dastjerdi, Akbar; Davison, Nick; Deaville, Rob; Everest, David; Peake, Julie; Finnegan, Christopher; Jepson, Paul; Steinbach, Falko
PLoS ONE (2015)

Poxvirus infections in marine mammals have been mainly reported through their clinical lesions and electron microscopy (EM). Poxvirus particles in association with such lesions have been demonstrated by EM and…