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Keywords:

  • avian cross-species amplification;
  • microsatellite;
  • Passeridae;
  • passerine;
  • Taeniopygia guttata;
  • zebra finch

Abstract

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.