Rise of oceanographic barriers in continuous populations of a cetacean: the genetic structure of harbour porpoises in Old World waters

Fontaine M. C. , Baird S. J. E. , Piry S., Ray N., Tolley K. A. , Duke S., ...More

BMC BIOLOGY, vol.5, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 5
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/1741-7007-5-30
  • Journal Name: BMC BIOLOGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus


Background: Understanding the role of seascape in shaping genetic and demographic population structure is highly challenging for marine pelagic species such as cetaceans for which there is generally little evidence of what could effectively restrict their dispersal. In the present work, we applied a combination of recent individual-based landscape genetic approaches to investigate the population genetic structure of a highly mobile extensive range cetacean, the harbour porpoise in the eastern North Atlantic, with regards to oceanographic characteristics that could constrain its dispersal.