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e-ased.org, vol. 34, no. 3, pp.162-167, 2018

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5635/ASED.2018.34.3.162

First Record of the Omura’s Whale (Balaenoptera omurai) in Korean Waters

Ji Hye Kim1, Hyun Woo Kim1,*, Eun-Mi Kim2, Hawsun Sohn1

Affiliation: 1Cetacean Research Institute, National Institute of Fisheries Science, Ulsan 44780, Korea 2Biotechnology Research Division, National Institute of Fisheries Science, Busan 46083, Korea

Abstract: To confirm the genetic identification and phylogenetic relationships of unidentified 6 baleen whales by-caught from 2002 to 2016, a partial sequence of approximately 500 base pair (bp) of the mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region was analyzed and compared to published sequence from Genbank. Our results indicated that the two individuals among 6 specimens are clustered with Omura’s whale clade through phylogenetic analysis, which had only a single haplotype. Omura’s whale was reclassified as a new species in 2003 and they had not been previously reported in Korean waters. This study firstly revealed existence of Omura’s whale in Korean waters by molecular analysis based on mtDNA control region.

Keyword: first record, Omura’s whale, mtDNA control region, phylogenetic tree, Korea