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Keywords:

  • dinucleotide repeats;
  • genetic diversity;
  • goral;
  • microsatellite;
  • Nemorhaedus

Abstract

Microsatellites have been applied in a variety of fields, including conservation genetics. Species-specific microsatellites are considered as more powerful genetic markers to generate an accurate genetic composition of a species itself. Accordingly, we characterized 15 polymorphic microsatellite loci from Korean goral, Nemorhaedus caudatus, one of the most endangered species in South Korea. The new markers should benefit future studies of the endangered species of other Asian gorals and their relatives for the study of genetic diversity and potential conservation management.