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Keywords:

  • Lepidoptera;
  • Melitaea cinxia;
  • metapopulation;
  • microsatellites

Abstract

The Glanville fritillary butterfly offers unique opportunities for population genetic studies in a metapopulation. Here I report the characterization of five polymorphic loci in Melitaea cinxia. I found high levels of polymorphism, with allele numbers ranging from nine to 43, and very broad size ranges.