Identification of 13 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata (Passeridae, Aves)


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Polymorphic microsatellite loci were identified in order to determine paternity in a captive population of the zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata. Primer sets from 93 published passerine microsatellite sequences were tested for cross-species amplification. Thirteen loci were found to be polymorphic, of which, eight displayed null alleles and one locus (Ase50) was found to be Z-chromosome linked.