Microsatellite loci isolated from the Caribbean coral, Montastraea annularis


Stephen A. Karl. Fax: (813) 974 3263; E-mail: karl@chuma.cas.usf.edu


We report the isolation and characterization of seven microsatellite loci from the Caribbean reef-building coral, Montastraea annularis. All loci are polymorphic with allele numbers ranging from five to 31 and observed heterozygosities from 0.17 to 0.89. These loci can be used in assessing gene flow patterns and diversity of this stony coral species both for local coral reef management purposes as well as for elucidating population connectivity within the greater Caribbean basin. These markers should also be applicable to other species of Montastraea and for resolving taxonomic relationships within the M. annularis species complex.