Characterization of seven microsatellite marker loci in a genus of Malagasy lemurs (Propithecus)


Mireya I. Mayor, Stony Brook University, Anthropology Department, SBS Bldg., 5th floor, Stony Brook, NY 11794, USA. Fax: (631)632 91675; E-mail:


The sifakas (genus Propithecus) are large, diurnal, lemurs endemic to the island of Madagascar. Throughout the island, lemur species are particularly vulnerable to extinction due to relatively small geographical ranges (Martin 2000). Thus, understanding the taxonomy of these highly endangered primates is essential for taking appropriate conservation action. For this study we collected tissue samples from 68 wild sifakas representing various Propithecus species. Genomic DNA was isolated and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification was carried out. We describe seven microsatellites found to be polymorphic and useful for analysis of the population genetics of sifakas.