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Rare Australian dolphin at risk of extinction: Study

IANS  |  Canberra 

The rare needs urgent protection to be saved from extinction, a study released on Wednesday said.

Researchers from discovered new information about the population genetics of the Sousa sahulensis, commonly known as the

Scientists studied the Australian dolphin, endemic to northern and southern New Guinea, for 17 years before coming to the conclusion that it was a separate species within the Sousa family.

The study concluded that the deaths of even a few mature individuals per year could be detrimental for the viability of the populations, reported.

"Our results show that populations along the of are characterized by low levels of genetic diversity, limited gene flow, and small effective population size," told the media on Wednesday.

They are considered vulnerable by the of Nature Red List of threatened species.

said the results should "raise important conservation concerns and emphasise the vulnerability of this species to random natural and human disturbances."



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First Published: Wed, March 14 2018. 09:18 IST