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Item Description Borsa, Philippe en_US Hoarau, Galice en_US 2008-10-06T05:44:51Z 2008-10-06T05:44:51Z 2004-10 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Borsa P, Hoarau G. 2004. A pygmy blue whale (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae) in the inshore waters of New Caledonia. Pac Sci 58(4): 579-584. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0030-8870 en_US
dc.description.abstract The occurrence of a blue whale is reported for the first time for the New Caledonian archipelago. The whale, a juvenile male in poor condition, entered the shallow inshore waters of the coral reef lagoon (220 19-24' S, 1660 46-52' E) where it spent at least 1 month until it was killed by whaler sharks on 27 January 2002. Live observations, examination of photographic documents, and skull osteology indicated that this was a pygmy blue whale, Balaenoptera musculus brevicauda. Nucleotide sequences of PCR-amplified fragments of its mitochondrial DNA were determined and compared with the few published homologous sequences of North Atlantic blue whales, B. m. musculus, but no obvious differences were apparent. en_US
dc.language.iso en-US en_US
dc.publisher University of Hawai'i Press en_US
dc.title A Pygmy Blue Whale (Cetacea: Balaenopteridae) in the Inshore Waters of New Caledonia en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.type.dcmi Text en_US

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