Assessment of beach-cast cetaceans in Pakistan: Implications for conservation and management

Gore, M. A.; Culloch, R. M.; Gray, H. W. I.; Hoelzel, R.; Lockyer, C.; Kiani, M. S.; Waqas, U.; Hussain, B.; Rahim, A.; Shah, A.; Ormond, R. F. G.
Journal of Cetacean Research and Management (2017)

Until recently, little was known about the distribution and species occurrence of marine cetaceans in Pakistani waters, an area which needed to be addressed exigently given its inclusion in the…


External morphology and weight-length relationships (WLRs) of harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena (Cetacea: Phocoenidae) in the Black Sea

Bilgin, Sabri; Kose, Ozay; Yesilcicek, Tuncay
Turkish Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (2020)

The present study summarized information on the morphometric characteristics and weight-length relationships (WLRs) of pregnant females, non-pregnant females and males of harbour porpoise, Phocoena phocoena (Linnaeus, 1758) along the Rize…


Histological variation in blubber morphology of the endangered East Asian finless porpoise (Neophocaena asiaeorientalis sunameri) with ontogeny and reproductive states

Ji, Junhua; Nabi, Ghulam; Zeng, Xianyuan; Hao, Yujiang; Wang, Ding
Zoological Studies (2019)

The highly lipid-rich blubber in the hypodermis is a specialized structure that functions in thermoregulation, energy storage, buoyancy control, locomotion, and streamlining the body shape in marine mammals. The key…


Timing of epiphyseal development in the flipper skeleton of the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) as an indicator of paedomorphosis

Galatius, Anders; Andersen, Mai-Britt Elin Rindom; Haugan, Birgitte; Langhoff, Heidi Elisabeth; Jespersen, Åse
Acta Zoologica (2006)

Epiphyseal development was investigated on X-rays of flippers from 158 harbour porpoises from Danish waters. Development followed a proximodistal pattern similar to what is known in other cetacean species. Ossification…


Evaluating morphometric and metabolic markers of body condition in a small cetacean, the harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena)

Kershaw, Joanna L.; Sherrill, Meredith; Davison, Nicholas J.; Brownlow, Andrew; Hall, Ailsa J.
Ecology and Evolution (2017)

Mammalian body condition is an important individual fitness metric as it affects both survival and reproductive success. The ability to accurately measure condition has key implications for predicting individual and…


Dentinal anomalies in teeth of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from Scottish waters: Are they linked to sexual maturation and environmental events?

Luque, P. L.; Pierce, G. J.; Learmonth, J. A.; Santos, M. B.; Ieno, E.; López, A.; Reid, R. J.; Rogan, E.; González, A. F.; Boon, J.; Law, R. J.; Lockyer, C. H.
Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom (2009)

We examined the tooth ultra-structure of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from Scottish waters to determine whether the incidence of mineralization anomalies could be related to certain life history events (e.g.…


Diet composition and food consumption rate of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) in the western Baltic Sea

Andreasen, Heidi; Ross, Stine D.; Siebert, Ursula; Andersen, Niels G.; Ronnenberg, Katrin; Gilles, Anita
Marine Mammal Science (2017)

Stomach content composition and prey-specific consumption rates of juvenile and adult harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) were estimated from a data set including 339 stomachs collected over a 32 yr period…


B-Mode ultrasonographic evaluation of the testis in relation to serum testosterone concentration in male Yangtze finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) during the breeding season

Wu, H.-P.; Hao, Y.-J.; Li, X.; Zhao, Q.-Z.; Chen, D.-Q.; Kuang, X.-A.; Kou, Z.-B.; Feng, K.-K.; Gong, W.-M.; Wang, D.
Theriogenology (2010)

The use of ultrasonography as a noninvasive tool for assessing the reproductive status of the male Yangtze finless porpoise (YFP; Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis) was validated by correlating ultrasonographically determined testicular…