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DNA‐based species identification of krill consumed by whale sharks

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DNA was purified from whale shark Rhincodon typus faecal material that contained DNA derived from their prey. A DNA‐based krill identification method was used to determine the exact krill species upon which the whale shark was feeding, where morphological analysis had failed to make an identification.

Keywords: diet; faeces; krill; non‐invasive; prey

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Australian Antarctic Division, Channel Highway, Kingston, TAS 7050, Australia and 2: Department of Zoology, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH03824, U.S.A.

Publication date: 2004-08-01

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