Polymorphic tetranucleotide microsatellite markers in the Caribbean spiny lobster, Panulirus argus


F. M. Diniz. Fax: +44 2380 594459; E-mail: fmdiniz1@yahoo.co.uk


Ten tetranucleotide microsatellite loci are described for the Caribbean spiny lobster Panulirus argus. Loci were polymorphic (4–15 alleles per locus) and exhibited high levels of expected (0.553–0.921) and observed heterozygosity (0.469–0.906) from samples caught off Belize and Puerto Rico coasts. No significant departure from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium conditions were observed for any locus. All microsatellite loci should be useful for assessing population discrimination for this valuable marine animal currently subjected to excessive fishing efforts.