Small size in the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus in the eastern Mediterranean : a possible case of Levantine nanism

@inproceedings{Sharir2011SmallSI,
  title={Small size in the common bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus in the eastern Mediterranean : a possible case of Levantine nanism},
  author={Yuli Sharir and D. H. Kerem and Pavel E. Gol’din and Ehud Spanier},
  year={2011}
}
The phenomenon of Levantine nanism in the Mediterranean Sea has so far been described in invertebrates and fish. We explored the possibility that it would also apply to marine mammals. To that end, we compared total body length (TBL) and skull condylobasal length (CBL) of adult common bottlenose dolphins Tursiops truncatus collected along the Israeli coastline (representing the Levantine subpopulation) to those of specimens collected along the shores of western Mediterranean seas. Significant… CONTINUE READING

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