Interspecific microsatellite markers for the study of pinniped populations


Neil J. Gemmell Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK. Tel: +44(0)1223-336677; Fax: +44-(0)1223-336676. E-mail:


Microsatellites have rapidly become the marker of choice for a wide variety of population genetic studies. Here we describe 20 pinniped microsatellite markers which have been tested across 18 pinniped species. The majority of these markers have broad utility in all pinnipeds and provide a strong base for detailed population genetic studies in the Pinnipedia.