Isolation and characterization of di- and tetranucleotide microsatellite loci in the yellow-spotted night lizard Lepidophyma flavimaculatum (Squamata: Xantusiidae)


Elizabeth A. Sinclair, ‡Present address: Botanic Gardens, Park Authority/Frasel/Avenue, West Perth, Western Australia 6005, Australia. Fax: 61 8 9480 3641; E-mail:


We report the development of 17 di- and tetranucleotide microsatellite markers in the Yellow-Spotted Night Lizard Lepidophyma flavimaculatum. Levels of heterozygosity ranged from 0 to 100%. Several loci also amplify in other Lepidophyma species and several species of the sister genus Xantusia. High levels of variation at some loci indicate that they will be useful for parentage assessment and population genetic studies, whereas the 15 loci that amplify across multiple Lepidophyma species suggest these will be useful in determining the origin of parthenogenetic populations.