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Keywords:

  • Acanthaster planci;
  • coral reefs;
  • larval dispersal;
  • microsatellite;
  • SSR;
  • starfish

Abstract

We isolated nine polymorphic microsatellites from the crown-of-thorns starfish, Acanthaster planci. These loci provide one class of highly variable genetic marker as the number of alleles ranged from three to 12 and the observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.130 to 0.783 and from 0.163 to 0.862, respectively. We consider that these loci are potentially useful for detailing the genetic structure and gene flow among A. planci populations.