Nuclear microsatellite DNA markers for New Zealand kiwi (Apteryx spp.)

Authors

  • L. D. SHEPHERD,

    1. Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Massey University, Private Bag 102 904, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
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  • D. M. LAMBERT

    1. Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution, Massey University, Private Bag 102 904, North Shore Mail Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
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D. M. Lambert, Fax: 64 944 18142; E-mail: D.M.Lambert@massey.ac.nz

Abstract

Kiwi (Apterygidae) is an endemic New Zealand avian family comprising five species whose conservation is actively managed. We present five polymorphic microsatellite DNA loci isolated from North Island brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli). In addition, we demonstrate cross-amplification, and in some cases, polymorphism, of these microsatellite DNA loci in four other kiwi species. Therefore, these markers may be broadly applicable to conservation genetic studies within this family.

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