alexa First Known Naturally Occurring Marine Mammal Hybrid

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First Known Naturally Occurring Marine Mammal Hybrid

The clymene dolphin is the first known naturally occurring marine mammal hybrid. A molecular analysis determined that clymene dolphins are a cross between spinner and striped dolphins, which are closely related but don’t look alike. In most cases, each species prefers to mate with its own kind, but something compelled the spinner and striped dolphins to mate. The resulting hybrid can grow to about seven feet. The clymene dolphin’s mitochondrial genome more closely resembles that of the striped dolphin, but its nuclear genome more closely resembles that of the spinner dolphin.

 
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