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Characterization of microsatellite loci in red wood ants Formica (s. str.) spp. and the related genus Polyergus

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  • Eisuke Hasegawa,

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    1. Laboratory of Animal Ecology, Department of Ecology and Systematics, Graduate School of Agriculture and
      Eisuke Hasegawa. Fax: + 81-11-757-5595; E-mail: ehase@res.agr.hokudai.ac.jp
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  • Shuichiro Imai

    1. Laboratory of Animal Ecology, Department of Ecology and Systematics, Graduate School of Agriculture, Hokkaido University, Kita-ku, Sapporo 060-8589, Japan
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Eisuke Hasegawa. Fax: + 81-11-757-5595; E-mail: ehase@res.agr.hokudai.ac.jp

Abstract

Ants are interesting subjects for studies of evolution of altruism. We developed 13 microsatellite loci in a red wood ant Formica (s. str.) yessensis from random amplified polymorphic DNA fragments to study genetic structure within populations and colonies. Five loci bore two to five alleles in both F. (s. str.) yessensis and F. (s. str.) truncorum and two were also polymorphic in a related species, Polyergus samurai. Results suggest that the loci will be useful in evolutionary studies on Formica and Polyergus species.

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