Diversidad haplotípica en el manatí Trichechus manatus en Cuba: resultados preliminares

Revista de investigación
University of Havana, Sea to Shore Alliance
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The aim of this analysis was to obtain information regarding the mtDNA haplotype composition of the manatee (T. manatus) occupying the Cuban archipelago. A fragment of 410 bp of the non-coding region was analyzed for 12 individual manatees from Cuba and one from Florida, USA. Only two haplotypes were identified. Haplotype A1, found exclusively in Florida (including in the sample analyzed here) but also found in Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, was the most frequent haplotype (11 of the 12 samples from Cuba) and widely distributed. The second haplotype A3, previously referred to as endemic from Belize, was identified from an individual stranded in Isabela de Sagua, north of Cuba. These preliminary results provide information about three major aspects of manatee biology: (1) the mtDNA genetic diversity of T. manatus in Cuba seems low as compared to other regions of the Caribbean; (2) the Cuban population likely belongs to the group comprising Florida and the portions of the Greater Antilles; and (3) the territories of Belize and Cuba have exchanged individuals at present or in a relatively recent past.

Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title Diversidad haplotípica en el manatí Trichechus manatus en Cuba: resultados preliminares
Series title Revista de investigación
Volume 33
Issue 2
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher Universidad de La Habana
Contributing office(s) Southeast Ecological Science Center
Description 7 p.
First page 58
Last page 61
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