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A case study of the forensic application of DNA Barcoding to sharkfin identification in the Mexican Pacific

Héctor Espinosa
  • Colección Nacional de Peces, Instituto de Biología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Distrito Federal. 04510. México hector@unam.mx
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Published Online: 2015-11-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dna-2015-0012

Abstract

One of the problems that arose from the meetings of the Barcode in Mexico project was the urgency of having a method in which Mexican authorities could trust for detecting shark finning. This study examined DNA barcoding as a method to identify 14 dried shark fins confiscated by the Mexican Government in two exportation shipments in Mazatlán and Manzanillo ports. Fins were DNA barcoded using the COI mitochondrial gene and provided matching sequences of six species: Prionace glauca, Carcharhinus falciformis, Carcharhinus limbatus, Alopias pelagicus, Mustelus henlei and Rhizoprionodon longurio. There is no information on DNA barcoding sharkfin trade in the Mexican Pacific and this is the first group effort with Mexican Government Agencies for the conservation of sharks.

Keywords: Barcode; finning; shark; DNA; COI; conservation

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About the article

Received: 2014-11-14

Accepted: 2015-07-07

Published Online: 2015-11-26

Published in Print: 2015-01-01


Citation Information: DNA Barcodes, ISSN (Online) 2299-1077, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/dna-2015-0012.

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