Geographical differences in organochlorine contaminants in harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena from the western North Atlantic

Westgate, A.J.; Tolley, K.A.
Marine Ecology Progress Series (1999)

Organochlorine contaminants, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), chlorinated bornanes (CHBs), dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethanes (DDTs), chlordanes (CHLORs), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs) and, chlorobenzenes (CBZs) were quantified in 188 harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) killed in commercial fisheries…


Population genetic structure of the Yangtze Finless Porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides asiaeorientalis): Implications for management and conservation

Zheng, Jin-Song; Xia, Jun-Hong; He, Shun-Ping; Wang, Ding
Biochem Genet (2005)

Understanding the population genetic structure is a prerequisite for conservation of a species. The degree of genetic variability characteristic of the mitochondrial DNA control region has been widely exploited in…


Analysis of global and local population stratification of finless porpoises Neophocaena phocaenoides in Chinese waters

Li, Xiang; Liu, Yingying; Tzika, Athanasia C.; Zhu, Qian; Van Doninck, Karine; Milinkovitch, Michel C.
Marine Biology (2011)

The existence of three distinct populations is widely accepted for the finless porpoise (Neophocaena phocaenoides) in Chinese waters: the Yellow Sea, Yangtze River, and South China Sea populations. Here, we…


Population structure of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA variation among South American Burmeister’s porpoises (Phocoena spinipinnis)

Rosa, Sabrina; Milinkovitch, Michel C.; Van Waerebeek, Koen; Berck, Jehanne; Oporto, Jorge; Alfaro-Shigueto, Joanna; Van Bressem, Marie-Françoise; Goodall, Natalie; Cassens, Insa
Conservation Genetics (2005)

Little is known about the biology of Burmeister’s porpoises (Phocoena spinipinnis), a small cetacean species endemic to South American waters. Information on stock structure, however, is urgently needed, as the…


Phylogeography, intraspecific structure and sex-biased dispersal of Dall’s porpoise, Phocoenoides dalli , revealed by mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA analyses

Escorza-Treviño, S.; Dizon, A. E.
Molecular Ecology (2000)

Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control-region sequences and microsatellite loci length polymorphisms were used to estimate phylogeographical patterns (historical patterns underlying contemporary distribution), intraspecific population structure and gender-biased dispersal of Phocoenoides dalli…


Revision of the taxonomy of finless porpoises (genus Neophocaena): the existence of two species

Jefferson, Thomas A.; Wang, John Y.
Journal of Marine Animals and Their Ecology (2011)

Due to extensive morphological variation and inadequately-sampled or poorly-designed studies, the taxonomy of the finless porpoises (genus Neophocaena) has been controversial for some time. An uneasy stability with the arrangement…