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Cross-species amplification of microsatellite loci in Aquilegia and Semiaquilegia (Ranunculaceae)


Scott A. Hodges, Fax: (805) 893-4724; E-mail:


We developed 16 microsatellite loci from an F2 hybrid between Aquilegia formosa and Aquilegia pubescens. In samples of 28 individuals, we found an average of 14 alleles per locus from each parental species. We tested these loci for cross-amplification in 10 additional species of Aquilegia and found that all 16 loci amplified in other North American species and 12 consistently amplified in European or Asian species. Nine loci amplified in the sister species to Aquilegia, Semiaquilegia adoxoides. The success of cross-species amplification suggests that these microsatellites should prove useful for studies in a broad range of Aquilegia species.

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