Non-invasive genetic analysis reveals high levels of mtDNA variability in the endangered South-American marine otter (Lontra felina)

@article{Valqui2010NoninvasiveGA,
  title={Non-invasive genetic analysis reveals high levels of mtDNA variability in the endangered South-American marine otter (Lontra felina)},
  author={Juan Valqui and G{\"u}nther B. Hartl and Frank E. Zachos},
  journal={Conservation Genetics},
  year={2010},
  volume={11},
  pages={2067-2072}
}
Scats from marine otters were collected from the entire Peruvian distribution range along the Pacific coast. Partial mtDNA control region sequences (265 bp) were successfully amplified and analysed in 37 out of 87 samples. Based on spatial distribution and home range information of marine otters we assumed our final data set to represent at least 24 different individuals, yielding surprisingly high genetic variability (11 haplotypes, h = 0.86, π = 0.0117). No unequivocal evidence of genetic… CONTINUE READING