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Patterns of population genetic structure among Australian and South Pacific humpback whales
Entry ID: AAS_4101_humpback_population_structure_mixing

Abstract: A spreadsheet detailing the analysis of humpback whale biopsy samples including the field:
Sample ID
Duplicate (notes field)
Location sample was taken
Collection date (UTC)
Collection latitude and longitude
DLOOP sequence
Microsatellite sequence
Single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers

Purpose: By utilising both mitochondrial and nuclear genetic markers, the population structure and distribution of humpback whales that migrate to separate winter breeding grounds along the north-western and north-eastern coasts of Australia,
and their interaction with the endangered populations of the South Pacific can be examined. Specifically, this dataset was used to look at population structure among putative breeding populations, the mixing of breeding populations on high latitude Antarctic feeding grounds and evidence for sex-specific migration along the eastern Australian migratory corridor.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -35.0   S: -70.0   E: -170.0   W: 140.0

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Schmitt, N.T., Polanowski, A. and Double, M.
Dataset Title: Patterns of population genetic structure among Australian and South Pacific humpback whales
Dataset Series Name: CAASM Metadata
Dataset Release Date: 2017-09-13
Dataset Publisher: Australian Antarctic Data Centre
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2006-11-22
Stop Date: 2011-01-16
Quality Australian Antarctic Data Centre Note, 2018-07-10:

Original datasheet was reformatted to fit IPT Biodiversity.AQ standard. The new datasheet "humpbackWhales.csv" provides the dataset ID, decimal latitude and longitude, location, sex, occurrence, and date of event. The taxonomical organisation is provided to the lowest taxonomical rank that could be determined, after matched in WoRMS (World Register of Marine Species).
Access Constraints These data are publicly available for download from the provided URL.

Copies of three publications are available for download from the provided URL to AAD staff only.
Use Constraints The samples collected in 2010 detailed in this dataset were collected under the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Southern Ocean Research Partnership (SORP). The IWC-SORP ethos is one of open collaboration, communication and data sharing. The Data User will acknowledge the use of the IWC SORP dataset by the following statement:
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Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: +61 3 6232 3244
Fax: +61 3 6232 3351
Email: metadata at
Contact Address:
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
City: Kingston
Province or State: Tasmania
Postal Code: 7050
Country: Australia
Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Size: 167 kb
Distribution Format: Excel
Fees: Word
Email: natalie.schmitt at
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Schmitt, N.T., Double, M.C., Jarman, S.N., Gales, N., Marthick, J.R., Polanowski, A.M., Scott Baker, C., Steel, D., Jenner, K.C.S., Jenner, M.N. and Gales, R. (2014), Low levels of genetic differentiation characterize Australian humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) populations, Marine Mammal Science, 30, 1, 221-241
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2017-09-13
Last DIF Revision Date: 2018-07-13