Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in the great bustard, Otis tarda


Dietmar Lieckfeldt. Fax: 0049 30 5126 104; E-mail:


With the aim to study population genetics of the endangered great bustard, Otis tarda, dinucleotide microsatellite loci were isolated using an adapted hybrid-capture enrichment protocol. This work reports the characterization of a set of six polymorphic microsatellite markers within the great bustard (n = 52). Results from cross-species amplifications in several other members of the family Otididae demonstrate that five primer pairs also successfully amplified homologous loci outside the species Otis tarda.