Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellites in the tropical plant-ant Cataulacus mckeyi (Formicidae: Myrmicinae)


Gabriel Debout, Fax: 00 33 4 67 41 21 38; E-mail:


Eleven microsatellite loci were isolated from the plant-ant Cataulacus mckeyi (Hymenoptera: Myrmicinae) and their polymorphism was characterized. High levels of within-population variation were observed at most loci, with number of alleles ranging from one to 16, and heterozygosity from 0 to 0.929 per population sample. Cross-species amplification of these loci was also tested in four other species of the ant genus Cataulacus.