Low genetic variation among killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the eastern north Pacific and genetic differentiation between foraging specialists.

@article{Hoelzel1998LowGV,
  title={Low genetic variation among killer whales (Orcinus orca) in the eastern north Pacific and genetic differentiation between foraging specialists.},
  author={A Rus Hoelzel and Marilyn Dahlheim and Scott J Stern},
  journal={The Journal of heredity},
  year={1998},
  volume={89 2},
  pages={121-8}
}
Killer whales from the coastal waters off California through Alaska were compared for genetic variation at three nuclear DNA markers and sequenced for a total of 520 bp from the mitochondrial control region. Two putative sympatric populations that range throughout this region were compared. They can be distinguished by social and foraging behavior and are known as "residents" and "transients". We found low levels of variation within populations compared to other cetacean species. Comparisons… CONTINUE READING
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