Characterization of 25 microsatellite loci in bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus)

Ryan M. Huebinger, John C. Patton, J. Craig George, Robert Suydam, Edward E. Louis, John W. Bickham

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Bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus) experienced a severe demographic population bottleneck caused by commercial whaling that ceased in 1914. Aboriginal subsistence whale harvests have continued and are managed by the International Whaling Commission. In an effort to provide management advice for bowhead whales, 25 microsatellite loci were isolated from genomic DNA libraries. This panel of markers will be utilized to analyse stock structure hypotheses of current bowhead whale populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)612-615
Number of pages4
JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2008


  • Balaena
  • Bowhead whales
  • Microsatellites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Genetics


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