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Keywords:

  • artesian mound springs;
  • Hydrobiidae;
  • metapopulations;
  • microsatellites

Abstract

We identified and characterized nine microsatellite primer pairs from Fonscochlea accepta, a species of hydrobiid snail endemic to artesian mound springs associated with the Great Artesian Basin in arid South Australia. The loci were highly polymorphic, with five to 30 alleles per locus. Gene diversity, estimated as expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.364 to 0.851, and was generally matched by levels of observed heterozygosity (0.373–0.829). Cross-species amplification trials with four other hydrobiid species associated with these southern mound springs showed that these primers will be useful for genetic analyses of these other endemic snails.