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Keywords:

  • Diloma subrostrata;
  • microsatellites;
  • topshell

Abstract

Very little information is available on the intraspecific genetic structure of topshell populations. Here, we report the characterization of five polymorphic microsatellite loci in the New Zealand mudflat topshell, Diloma subrostrata. The number of alleles per locus ranged from two to 23, observed and expected heterozygosities did not deviate from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium (P < 0.05) and no linkage disequilibrium was detected between locus pairs (P < 0.05). We are currently using these markers to investigate genetic population structure of D. subrostrata in New Zealand.