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Genetics as a tool for conservation and management of West Indian manatee populations in Brazil

April 1, 2021

A study conducted by the National Center for Research and Conservation of Aquatic Mammals (CMA), United States Geological Survey Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, and partner researchers found that the marine Antillean manatee (Trichechus manatus manatus) has low genetic diversity in regions where there are territorial interfaces with the Amazonian manatee (Trichechus inunguis). The study was published as an article in the journal, Frontiers in Marine Science.