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Characterization of 11 polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellites for forensic applications in California elk (Cervus elaphus canadensis)


Kenneth C. Jones. Fax: (818) 718-920; email:


Eleven polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite loci have been developed for forensic use in the protection of California elk. Based on a reference sample of elk taken from three races throughout California, the loci consist of 4–9 alleles (average 6.125). Probabilities of identity (Paetkau et al. 1995) range from 0.079 to 0.288, with an overall probability of identity of 1.3 × 10−9 (one in 7.8 × 108).