IMIS | Flanders Marine Institute

Flanders Marine Institute

Platform for marine research


Publications | Institutes | Persons | Datasets | Projects | Maps
[ report an error in this record ]basket (0): add | show Printer-friendly version

Source of Aegean Sea harbour porpoises
Rosel, P.E.; Frantzis, A.; Lockyer, C.; Komnenou, A. (2003). Source of Aegean Sea harbour porpoises. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 247: 257-261
In: Marine Ecology Progress Series. Inter-Research: Oldendorf/Luhe. ISSN 0171-8630, more
Peer reviewed article  

Available in  Authors 


Authors  Top 
  • Rosel, P.E.
  • Frantzis, A.
  • Lockyer, C.
  • Komnenou, A.

    Documented sightings of harbour porpoises in the Mediterranean are rare, although the species is common in the neighbouring North Atlantic and Black Sea. However, in the past 2 decades, 4 harbour porpoises Phocoena phocoena have been recorded in the northern Aegean Sea in the eastern Mediterranean Basin. Samples were taken from 2 of these. Both have a genetic signature indicative of the Black Sea and their age and small size further suggest they originated from the Black Sea rather than the Atlantic population. These results are the first to indicate probable movement of porpoises out of the Black Sea and into the Mediterranean Sea.

All data in IMIS is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy Top | Authors