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Genetic identification of cryptic juveniles of little skate and winter skate

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As the morphological discrimination of winter skate Leucoraja ocellata and little skate Leucoraja erinacea juveniles is unreliable, a genetic assay, based on the restriction digest with Sty I of a segment of mitochondrial DNA cytochrome oxidase I gene, capable of discriminating the species was developed. The reliable identification of species can be used to improve the accuracy of population assessment models.

Keywords: Amblyraja radiata; Leucoraja erinacea; Leucoraja ocellata; forensic identification; genetic differentiation; skates

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, P. O. Box 38, Solomons, MD 20688, U.S.A. 2: Department of Marine Biology, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 5007 Avenue U Galveston, TX 77551, U.S.A.,

Publication date: April 1, 2005


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