Development of 21 microsatellite loci for puma (Puma concolor) ecology and forensics

Authors

  • JENNIFER D. KURUSHIMA,

    1. Wildlife and Ecology Unit, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616, USA
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  • JULIA A. COLLINS,

    1. Wildlife and Ecology Unit, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616, USA
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  • JAY A. WELL,

    1. Wildlife and Ecology Unit, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616, USA
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  • HOLLY B. ERNEST

    1. Wildlife and Ecology Unit, Veterinary Genetics Laboratory, University of California, One Shields Avenue, Davis, California 95616, USA
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H. B. Ernest, Fax: 530-752-3556; E-mail: hbernest@ucdavis.edu

Abstract

We developed 21 microsatellite (13 dinucleotide and 8 tetranucleotide) primers specifically for pumas (Puma concolor). The primers were tested across 243 individuals from California and Nevada, and displayed an average of 5.5 alleles per locus. Previously, domestic cat (Felis catus) primers have been adapted for puma genetic studies. Puma-specific loci may reduce concerns associated with ascertainment bias, improve genetic structure resolution and provide additional tetranucleotide loci valuable for forensic applications. These puma-specific microsatellites will aid studies involving parentage, kinship and population structure, along with forensic case applications including poaching and puma-associated injuries to humans and domestic animals.

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