Isolation of 10 microsatellite markers for mongoose lemurs (Eulemur mongoz)

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  • J. Pastorini,

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    1. Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, UK,
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  • P. Fernando,

    1. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, USA,
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  • D. J. Melnick,

    1. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, USA,
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  • M. R. J. Forstner

    1. Department of Biology, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA
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Jennifer Pastorini. Fax: + 44–1223 33 6676; E-mail: jp357@cam.ac.uk

Abstract

We present here 10 new microsatellite markers for the mongoose lemur (Eulemur mongoz), nine of which were isolated from E. mongoz and one from Lemur catta. At least 60 individuals were genotyped for each of the 10 loci. Mendelian inheritance at each locus was tested by genotyping five captive families with known pedigrees. All loci were polymorphic and demonstrated simple Mendelian inheritance. The microsatellite markers presented here will be useful for genetic surveys of wild E. mongoz, to gain insights into the genetic background of the captive population, and to aid in the conservation of the species’ genetic diversity.

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