Characterization of new microsatellite loci for the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta)

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  • J. PASTORINI,

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    1. Centre for Conservation and Research, 35 Gunasekara Gardens, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka,
    2. Anthropologisches Institut, Universität Zürich, Winterthurerstrasse 190, 8057 Zürich, Switzerland,
      Jennifer Pastorini, Tel.: + 94–11 286 57 08; E-mail: jenny@aim.unizh.ch
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  • P. FERNANDO,

    1. Centre for Conservation and Research, 35 Gunasekara Gardens, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka,
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  • M. R. J. FORSTNER,

    1. Department of Biology, Texas State University, 601 University Drive, San Marcos, TX 78666, USA,
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  • D. J. MELNICK

    1. Center for Environmental Research and Conservation and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027, USA
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Jennifer Pastorini, Tel.: + 94–11 286 57 08; E-mail: jenny@aim.unizh.ch

Abstract

In this report we describe the development and characterization of six dinucleotide microsatellite loci for the ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta). The new markers were isolated from the genomic DNA of L. catta and all loci were found to be polymorphic when evaluated by genotyping a minimum of 34 individuals. Mendelian inheritance of each locus was verified using four families of captive ring-tailed lemurs. The loci presented will facilitate the genetic survey of free-ranging L. catta, enabling study of their social organization and mating patterns.

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