Present address: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Naples, Florida 34104, USA.
A select panel of polymorphic microsatellite loci for individual identification of snow leopards (Panthera uncia)
Article first published online: 9 NOV 2006
Molecular Ecology Notes
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 311–314, March 2007
How to Cite
WAITS, L. P., BUCKLEY-BEASON, V. A., JOHNSON, W. E., ONORATO, D. and MCCARTHY, T. (2007), A select panel of polymorphic microsatellite loci for individual identification of snow leopards (Panthera uncia). Molecular Ecology Notes, 7: 311–314. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-8286.2006.01591.x
- Issue published online: 20 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 9 NOV 2006
- Received 1 September2006; revision accepted 28 September2006
- noninvasive genetic sampling;
- Panthera uncia;
- snow leopard
Snow leopards (Panthera uncia) are elusive endangered carnivores found in remote mountain regions of Central Asia. New methods for identifying and counting snow leopards are needed for conservation and management efforts. To develop molecular genetic tools for individual identification of hair and faecal samples, we screened 50 microsatellite loci developed for the domestic cat (Felis catus) in 19 captive snow leopards. Forty-eight loci were polymorphic with numbers of alleles per locus ranging from two to 11. The probability of observing matching genotypes for unrelated individuals (2.1 × 10−11) and siblings (7.5 × 10−5) using the 10 most polymorphic loci was low, suggesting that this panel would easily discriminate among individuals in the wild.