Isolation and characterization of eight microsatellite loci from the house finch (Carpodacus mexicanus)


Dana M. Hawley, Fax: (607) 254-2104; E-mail:


I isolated the first set of polymorphic microsatellite markers from the house finch, Carpodacus mexicanus, a well-studied North American bird species, as part of an effort to compare levels of genetic diversity in introduced and native populations. Here, I describe eight independently assorting microsatellite loci screened for polymorphism using 40 house finches. Polymorphism levels ranged from six to 14 alleles (mean = 10.6), making these markers a powerful tool for paternity and population level analyses of this widely distributed North American species.