Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in Pagellus bogaraveo, and cross-species amplification in Sparus aurata and Dicentrarchus labrax


J. A. Piñera, E-mail:


Several new fish species are currently being included in breeding programmes. However, as specific molecular markers have not yet been developed, this represents a commercial handicap with respect to traditional aquaculture species such as gilthead sea bream or Atlantic salmon. In the present study, 12 new microsatellite loci were developed for blackspot sea bream (Pagellus bogaraveo) that show high levels of polymorphism, especially useful in parentage assignment and individual identification. In addition, cross-amplification was obtained for two important species for Spanish aquaculture, gilthead sea bream and sea bass.