Habitat‐driven population structure of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the North‐East Atlantic

  title={Habitat‐driven population structure of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the North‐East Atlantic},
  author={Marie Louis and Am{\'e}lia Viricel and Tamara Lucas and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Peltier and Eric Alfonsi and Simon Berrow and Andrew C. Brownlow and Pablo Covelo and Willy Dabin and Robert Deaville and Renaud Stephanis and François Gally and Pauline Gauffier and R. A. F. Penrose and M{\^o}nica Almeida Silva and Christophe Guinet and Benoit Simon-Bouhet},
  journal={Molecular Ecology},
Despite no obvious barrier to gene flow, historical environmental processes and ecological specializations can lead to genetic differentiation in highly mobile animals. Ecotypes emerged in several large mammal species as a result of niche specializations and/or social organization. In the North‐West Atlantic, two distinct bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) ecotypes (i.e. ‘coastal’ and ‘pelagic’) have been identified. Here, we investigated the genetic population structure of North‐East… 

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