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Polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers in the ant Formica exsecta

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  • Niclas Gyllenstrand,

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    1. Department of Conservation Biology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, SE-752 3 Uppsala, Sweden,
      N. Gyllenstrand. Fax: + 46 18 471 64 24; E-mail: niclas.gyllenstrand@ebc.uu.se
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  • Pia J. Gertsch,

    1. Department of Population Ecology, Zoological Institute, University of Copenhagen, Universitetsparken 15, DK-2100 Copenhagen East, Denmark,
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  • Pekka Pamilo

    1. Department of Conservation Biology and Genetics, Evolutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Norbyvägen 18D, SE-752 3 Uppsala, Sweden,
    2. Department of Biology, University of Oulu, Box 3000, FIN-90014 Oulu, Finland
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N. Gyllenstrand. Fax: + 46 18 471 64 24; E-mail: niclas.gyllenstrand@ebc.uu.se

Abstract

Highly polymorphic genetic markers provide a useful tool for estimating important genetic parameters in studies of the evolution of sociality in insects. Here we report 14 polymorphic microsatellite markers developed in the ant Formica exsecta. The number of alleles found ranged between 3 and 18 per locus. These markers were developed for studying genetic population structure and mating structure in F. exsecta populations with varying social organizations (monogyne and polygyne types of societies). Cross-species amplification indicated that some of the markers might be usable even in species belonging to different subfamilies.

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