Characterization of microsatellite loci in fulvous fruit bat Rousettus leschenaulti


  • P. Y. Hua and J. P. Chen contributed equally to this work.

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Rousettus leschenaulti is an abundant species in many countries of South-East Asia, including south China. We isolated seven microsatellite loci in R. leschenaulti from genomic DNA enriched for CA repeats with the enriched library method. A total of 56 samples from a population in the Guangxi Province of China were tested with these microsatellite markers. The polymorphism ranged from seven to 16 alleles, and the observed heterozygosity was 84–94%. It is the first time microsatellite markers were characterized from R. leschenaulti, and these markers can be an important tool for analysing population structure and genotypic diversity.