Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the ant Plagiolepis pygmaea

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  • K. Trontti,

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    1. Department of Ecology and Systematics, University of Helsinki, PO Box 65, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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  • W. T. Tay,

    1. Department of Ecology and Systematics, University of Helsinki, PO Box 65, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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      Present address: Department of Genomics and Bioinformatics, Roslin Institute, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9PS, UK

  • L. Sundström

    1. Department of Ecology and Systematics, University of Helsinki, PO Box 65, 00014 Helsinki, Finland
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Abstract

Detailed studies on kin structure, mating patterns and dispersal in social insects require highly polymorphic markers, of which the most commonly used today are DNA microsatellites. Here we characterize 10 polymorphic microsatellite markers for the ant Plagiolepis pygmaea. We also investigated the within-genus applicability of the markers on P. xene, a social parasite of the source species. In addition, we tested amplification of the markers in three species of the genera Formica and Lasius. Eight of the markers also amplified in P. xene and were polymorphic. Seven markers amplified in at least one other formicine ant.

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