Characterization of microsatellite loci developed for song wrens Cyphorhinus phaeocephalus


  • Colin R. Hughes,

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    1. University of Miami, Department of Biology, Box 249118, Coral Gables, FL 33124–0421, USA,
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  • Tara R. Robinson

    1. Auburn University, Department of Biological Sciences, 331 Funchess Hall, Auburn, AL 36849–5414, USA
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We developed six microsatellite loci for song wrens (Cyphorhinus phaeocephalus). Polymorphism ranged from four to 12 alleles with heterozygosities ranging from 21 to 90%. Three of the six loci deviated significantly from the Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium suggesting the presence of one or more null alleles. Cross-species amplification indicated that these loci will have limited utility in other wren species.