§Department of Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham B15 2TT, UK.
Discriminate suckling in pipistrelle bats is supported by DNA fingerprinting
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 1, Issue 4, pages 255–258, December 1992
How to Cite
BISHOP, C. M., JONES, G., LAZARUS, C. M. and RACEY, P. A. (1992), Discriminate suckling in pipistrelle bats is supported by DNA fingerprinting. Molecular Ecology, 1: 255–258. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.1992.tb00185.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Received 31 July 1992; revision received 14 August 1992
DNA fingerprints were obtained by using Jeffreys' probes 33.6 and 33.15 with DNA extracted from nine mother-young pairs of pipistrelle bats Pipistrellus pipistrellns to investigate the feasibility of this technique for determining relatedness in this species. The bats had mated in the wild and gave birth in captivity. All of nine pairs in which infants were found attached showed band-sharing coefficients higher than those for individuals presumed to be unrelated but run in adjacent lanes of the gels. We therefore conclude that all attached infants were probably true offspring.