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Macrogeographic Structure and Patterns of Genetic Diversity in Harbor Seals from Alaska to Japan

February 25, 2002

Scientists present findings on macrogeographic patterns of variation within mtDNA of harbor seals across the North Pacific.

Examination of sequence variation in the control region of the mitochondrial genome from 778 harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) sampled at 161 locations from northern Japan to southeastern Alaska. Research conducted in order to learn more about the evolutionary history, population, structure of, and effects of recent declines in genetic diversity of northern Pacific Ocean harbor seals.


Robin L. Westlake and Gregory M. O'Corry-Crowe. Published in the Journal of Mammalogy, 83(4):1111–1126 (2002).

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 04/24/2019

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