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Identification of Marine Mammals of India

P Jayasankar (Author) Anoop B (Author)
Synopsis Accurate taxonomy is fundamental to the conservation efforts on marine mammals, which are listed in Schedule I of Indian Wild Life Act 1972. It is still unclear as to how many species of Cetaceans exist in the Indian seas. Lack of adequate field keys and reliable inventory has resulted in several cases of misidentification when relied exclusively on conventional morphology-based taxonomy. DNA Sequence analysis has become a powerful tool for conservation--identifying the source of samples thought to be derived from threatened or endangered species. The DNA Based approach would help the conservationist to identify the species even from a small piece of tissue sample, such as skin from the marketed product. Molecular taxonomy strongly complements and in many cases ratifies conventional identification of species. This book provides morphological field keys of the species of marine mammals reported from India along with the supportive and ratifying molecular taxonomic approach for the unambiguous identification of species. It also provides the technique for PCR-Based gender identification. This book is the first of its kind, blending traditional taxonomy with molecular genetics, for species and gender identification and forensic testing for preventing illegal trade in marine mammal products.
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About the authors

P Jayasankar

P. Jayasankar Born on 8th October 1959, Dr. P. Jayasankar took his doctoral degree in fish reproduction.  Selected as Agricultural Research Scientist (Indian Council of Agricultural Research) in 1986, he has worked for 21 years in Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) and is presently head of Fish Genetics and Biotechnology Division and principal Scientist at Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Kausalyaganga, Bhubaneswar.

Current areas of research include Phenotypic/ genotypic stock structure analysis, evaluation of genetic heterogeneity and molecular taxonomy/ DNA barcoding (fish, shellfish and cetaceans), genetic linkage mapping & QTL and transgenic in ornamental fish.

Anoop B

Shri. Anoop B. Born on 1st July 1976, Shri Anoop, b took his master degree in Coastal Aquaculture. He has worked under the guidance of Dr. P. Jayasankar in the marine mammal project funded by the Ministry of Earth Sciences and co-authored the research papers published on marine mammals. He has experience in onboard cruises undertaken to study whales and dolphins. Further, he has gained hands on experience on molecular methods for species and gender identification of marine mammals.

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Bibliographic information

Title Identification of Marine Mammals of India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.03.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8190795287, 9788190795289
length xxi+124p.,10 Plates; Map; Illustrations; 23cm.