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Characterization of 18 SNP markers for sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)

Authors

  • PHILLIP A. MORIN,

    1. Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA,
    2. Laboratory for Conservation Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz, 04103 Leipzig, Germany,
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  • NICOLA C. AITKEN,

    1. Laboratory for Conservation Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Deutscher Platz, 04103 Leipzig, Germany,
    2. Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA
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  • NADIA RUBIO-CISNEROS,

    1. Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA,
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    • Current address: Institute for Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia

  • ANDREW E. DIZON,

    1. Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA,
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  • SARAH MESNICK

    1. Southwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA,
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Phillip Morin, Fax: 858-546-7003; E-mail: phillip.morin@noaa.gov

Abstract

We report the characterization of 18 new single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers for an endangered species, the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), developed using a targeted gene approach. SNP markers were derived from autosomal regions of the genome using primers originally characterized for genome mapping in other mammals. These SNP markers are the first to be designed for genotyping sperm whale populations and will provide a necessary addition to the genetic tools employed for understanding population structure on a global scale and for developing a conservation management strategy for this endangered species.

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