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Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Florida scrub lizard (Sceloporus woodi)


Lyn C. Branch. Fax: 352-392-6984, E-mail:


The Florida scrub lizard (Sceloporus woodi) is one of a suite of species restricted to Florida scrub, a threatened ecosystem. We characterized eight microsatellite loci from scrub lizards based on screening of 75–91 individuals per locus. Polymorphism was high (8–20 alleles per locus). Observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.32–0.83 and 0.77–0.91, respectively. These markers will be useful for population-level analyses and can contribute to a genetic foundation for conservation strategies for this endemic species.