Conventionally stained and C-banded karyotypes of a female blue whale
Article first published online: 14 FEB 2008
Volume 102, Issue 2, pages 251–253, August 1985
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ÁRNASON, Ú., BELLAMY, H., EYPÓRSSON, P., LUTLEY, R., SIGURJÓNSSON, J. and WIDEGREN, B. (1985), Conventionally stained and C-banded karyotypes of a female blue whale. Hereditas, 102: 251–253. doi: 10.1111/j.1601-5223.1985.tb00623.x
- Issue published online: 14 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 14 FEB 2008
The karyotype of a blue whale was studied in a fibroblast culture established from a skin biopsy obtained from a free swimming animal. The chromosome number was 2n=44. Chromosomal analysis showed that the biopsy originated from a female specimen. The karyotype conformed with the general 2n=44 cetacean karyotypes. The C-band pattern had the characteristics observed in other cetacean karyotypes, i.e., interstitial and terminal C-bands being more conspicuous than centromeric C-bands.