[MARMAM] New article: Isotopic homogeneity throughout the skin in small cetaceans

ARREGUI GIL marina.arregui at ulpgc.es
Mon Aug 21 03:32:08 PDT 2017

Dear MARMAMers,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the following paper in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry:

Isotopic homogeneity throughout the skin in small cetaceans

  1.  Marina Arregui,
  2.  Marta Josa,
  3.  Alex Aguilar and
  4.  Asunción Borrell

DOI: 10.1002/rcm.7936


Isotope ratios from skin samples have been widely used to study cetacean trophic ecology. Usually, isotopic skin uniformity has been assumed, despite the heterogeneity of this tissue. This study aims to investigate (1) regional isotopic variation within the skin in cetaceans, and (2) isotopic variation among internal tissues. Stable carbon (δ13C values) and nitrogen (δ15N values) isotope ratios were measured in 11 skin positions in 10 common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) and 9 striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba). In addition, the isotope ratios in the muscle, liver and kidney of both species were determined and compared with those from the skin and from all tissues combined. The signatures were determined by means of elemental analyser/isotope ratio mass spectrometry (EA/IRMS). In both species, no differences between isotope ratios of the skin positions were found. Moreover, the isotope ratios of skin were similar to those of muscle. In contrast, liver and kidney showed higher isotope ratios than muscle and skin. Isotopic homogeneity within the skin suggests that the isotope ratios of a sample from a specific skin position can be considered representative of the ratios from the entire skin tissue in dolphins. This conclusion validates the results of previous stable isotope analyses in dolphins that used skin samples as representative of the whole skin tissue. Isotopic similarities or dissimilarities among tissues should be considered when analysing different tissues and comparing results from the same or different species.

The paper is available online at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/rcm.7936/full
or you can contact me for a pdf version or any questions at  marina.arregui at ulpgc.es

Best wishes,

Marina Arregui Gil
PhD Student

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