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



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    1. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA 14853
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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.

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