Summary of current and planned genetic data to resolve the breeding and feeding ground structure in North Atlantic humpback whales, Megaptera novaeangliae
Per J. PalsbÃ¸ll and Martine BÃ©rubÃ©
Since the last comprehensive assessment of North Atlantic humpback whales in 2001-2002 the number of samples has increased from ~3,700 to ~ 8,600 samples, and the data per sample increased from 6 to 21 microsatellite loci. In other words, the data set has increased from ~ 22,000 to ~180,000 microsatellite genotypes. In addition, a de novo reference genome has been sequenced, assembled and published. All samples genotyped prior to 2001 have been re-sequenced and re-genotyped. In addition to some additional low coverage whole genome sequencing (x10) and RADSeq-based data, we are also working on greatly increasing the number of microsatellite loci genotyped in each specimen.