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Keywords:

  • mating system;
  • microsatellite;
  • paternity;
  • Uromys

Abstract

Microsatellite loci were developed for the giant white-tailed rat (Uromys caudimaculatus) to aid in assigning paternity and to subsequently investigate their mating system and sex-biased dispersal characteristics. Twenty-two primer sets were originally developed and of these, 11 were polymorphic with between five and 10 alleles per locus. In addition, two primer sets designed for Hydromys chyrsogaster also amplified in this species despite an evolutionary divergence of 15 million years (Myr).