[MARMAM] Looking for the origin of rough-toothed dolphin sighted in the Israeli Mediterranean coastline

scheinin scheinin at 013.net
Wed Apr 14 05:45:05 PDT 2010

Shalom All,

We would like to bring to your attention that in the past 10 years, IMMRAC
-Israel Marine Mammal Research and Assistance Center, has collected in its
tissue bank 7 samples of rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis) from the
Mediterranean Israeli coastline. The species is considered rare in the
Mediterranean as a whole and seemingly has a relatively high sighting rate
in the Levantine Basin

An interesting option is that individuals sighted here are Lessepsian
(through the Suez Canal) migrants from Red Sea populations with Indian Ocean

We would like to examine this possibility using molecular analysis. So far
we have samples from the East Mediterranean and from the East Atlantic Ocean
(Canary Is.) and are therefore eager to contact laboratories which have
access to samples from the West Mediterranean and Red Sea/Indian Ocean.
Co-authorship on ensuing publications would be offered to providers of a
substantial contribution.

Any cooperation or suggestions would be appreciated.


Aviad Scheinin and Dan Kerem

Contact e-mail: scheinin at 013.net.il


IMMRAC - Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance center

Aviad Scheinin, Ph.D
 <mailto:scheinin at research.haifa.ac.il> scheinin at 013.net.il

 <http://immrac.haifa.ac.il/> http://immrac.haifa.ac.il/

Chairman, IMMRAC - Israel Marine Mammal Research & Assistance center

ECS council member

Home address: Tirat Shalom, P.B. 1356, Nes-Ziona 74052, Israel
Tel 972-8-9406584 Mobile 052-3571193 


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