Current address: Division of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Graduate School of Life Sciences, Tohoku University, Aobayama, Sendai 9808578, Japan.
Characterization of microsatellite loci in neotropical Heliconius butterflies
Article first published online: 24 OCT 2002
Molecular Ecology Notes
Volume 2, Issue 4, pages 398–401, December 2002
How to Cite
Flanagan, N. S., Blum, M. J., Davison, A., Alamo, M., Albarrán, R., Faulhaber, K., Peterson, E. and McMillan, W. O. (2002), Characterization of microsatellite loci in neotropical Heliconius butterflies. Molecular Ecology Notes, 2: 398–401. doi: 10.1046/j.1471-8286.2002.00255.x
- Issue published online: 24 OCT 2002
- Article first published online: 24 OCT 2002
- Received 19 February 2002; revision received 8 May 2002; accepted 8 May 2002
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The Heliconius butterflies offer exceptional opportunities for the study of the ecology and evolution of mimicry. Despite previous reports of difficulties in the development of microsatellite loci in Lepidoptera, we characterize 15 polymorphic loci in H. erato that show promise for genetic mapping and population studies in this and other species. Levels of variation were high, in both numbers and size ranges of alleles. The loci showed broad amplification success across the genus and in two other genera. All loci that amplified in a population of H. melpomene were polymorphic.