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Development of coral and zooxanthella-specific microsatellites in three species of Pocillopora (Cnidaria, Scleractinia) from French Polynesia

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  • Hélène Magalon,

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    1. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/UMR CNRS 7625, laboratoire d’Ecologie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 7 quai saint Bernard, 75005 Paris, France,
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  • Sarah Samadi,

    1. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/UMR CNRS 7625, laboratoire d’Ecologie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 7 quai saint Bernard, 75005 Paris, France,
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    • Current address: IRD UR 148-UMR CNRS 7138, département Systématique et Evolution, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, 43 rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris, France

  • Murielle Richard,

    1. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/UMR CNRS 7625, laboratoire d’Ecologie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 7 quai saint Bernard, 75005 Paris, France,
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  • Mehdi Adjeroud,

    1. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Laboratoire de Biologie Marine et Malacologie, UMR CNRS 8046, Université de Perpignan, 66860 Perpignan, France
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  • Michel Veuille

    1. Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes/UMR CNRS 7625, laboratoire d’Ecologie, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 7 quai saint Bernard, 75005 Paris, France,
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Helene Magalon. Fax: (+ 33)1 44 27 35 16; E-mail: hmagalon@snv.jussieu.fr

Abstract

Since the building of coral reefs results from the association of corals and zooxanthellae, their intracellular algal symbionts, genetic markers for both organisms are essential for studying the contribution of their respective dispersal to the resilience of endangered reef ecosystems. Very few microsatellites have been obtained in corals thus far. Here we report the successful cloning of six polymorphic microsatellites (allele number: 5–15) from Pocillopora verrucosa, P. meandrina and P. damicornis. Four of them amplified coral, and two amplified zooxanthella DNA.

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