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Keywords:

  • Allomerus;
  • microsatellites;
  • Myrmicinae;
  • plant–ant relationship;
  • social insect

Abstract

Fifteen microsatellite loci were isolated from the Peruvian tropical plant-ant Allomerus octoarticulatus cf. demerarae (Hymenoptera: Myrmicinae) and their polymorphism was characterized. High levels of within-population variation were observed at most loci, with number of alleles ranging from one to 21, and heterozygosity from 0 to 1 per population sample. Cross-species amplification of these loci was also tested in one other species of the ant genus Allomerus (Allomerus decemarticulatus), displaying similar life history.