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Keywords:

  • dinucleotide microsatellites;
  • heterologous amplification;
  • Thamnophis

Abstract

Previous studies of polyandry and population genetics in garter snakes have been hampered by the limited number of available microsatellite markers. Here we report another six dinucleotide microsatellite markers, doubling the number of previously available loci. The majority of the loci exhibit utility across a broad geographical range for the common garter snake and also cross-amplify effectively in samples from two other Thamnophis species.