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Keywords:

  • microsatellites;
  • Mizuhopecten yessoensis;
  • polymorphic marker;
  • Yesso scallop

Abstract

Twelve polymorphic and informative microsatellite markers were isolated and characterized for the Yesso scallop, Mizuhopecten yessoensis. We characterized these loci by genotyping 48 individuals; the number of alleles ranged from two to eight, and the values of observed heterozygosity and expected heterozygosity varied from 0 to 0.8333 and from 0.2546 to 0.8231, respectively. No significant linkage disequilibrium between pairs of loci was found and three loci showed significant heterozygote deficiency from the Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium. These markers are potential for studies of the population structure, individual or hybrid identification of the species.