This work was conducted in Jim Clayton's Marine Mammal Genetics Laboratory, Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Buchanan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Science at the University of Saskatchewan and is continuing with wildlife and rare breed population genetics with an emphasis on conservation biology. Dr Roger Littlejohn is part of the Statistical unit at the Invermay Research Centre in New Zealand.
Microsatellites from the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas
Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 571–575, August 1996
How to Cite
BUCHANAN, F. C., FRIESEN, M. K., LITTLEJOHN, R. P. and CLAYTON, J. W. (1996), Microsatellites from the beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas. Molecular Ecology, 5: 571–575. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-294X.1996.tb00348.x
- Issue published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Article first published online: 28 JUN 2008
- Received 12 July 1995 revised 27 November 1995 accepted 17 January 1996
- population genetics;
Fifteen microsatellites were isolated from a beluga whale Delphinapterus leucas, genomic library. The microsatellites were amplified in 100 beluga obtained from two widely separated locations. An average of 8.6 alleles per locus were detected and the average heterozygosity was 0.65 with a range of 0.27–0.86. All microsatellites were polymorphic and 13 of the genotype distributions observed were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. It was possible with these microsatellites to assign correctly individual whales to their stock-of-origin 98% of the time. Microsatellites were amplified in 15 other cetaceans with these beluga-derived primers.