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Fourteen polymorphic microsatellite loci characterized in the house sparrow Passer domesticus (Passeridae, Aves)

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  • SIMON C. GRIFFITH,

    1. Department of Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK,
    2. Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Norbyvägen 18 C, Uppsala University, S-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden,
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  • DEBORAH A. DAWSON,

    1. Department of Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK,
    2. Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK,
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  • HENRIK JENSEN,

    1. Department of Evolution, Genomics and Systematics, Norbyvägen 18 C, Uppsala University, S-752 36 Uppsala, Sweden,
    2. Department of Biology, NTNU, N-7491 Trondheim, Norway,
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  • NANCY OCKENDON,

    1. Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK,
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  • CAROLYN GREIG,

    1. Department of Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK,
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  • KARSTEN NEUMANN,

    1. Department of Genetics, Queen's Medical Centre, Clifton Boulevard, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK
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  • TERRY BURKE

    1. Department of Biology, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK,
    2. Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, S10 2TN, UK,
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Abstract

We characterized 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the house sparrow Passer domesticus. Four loci were isolated from house sparrow genomic libraries and 10 loci were identified by testing 100 loci that had been originally isolated in other passerine species. Loci were characterized in 37–54 unrelated sparrows from British and Norwegian populations. Each locus displayed between two and 31 alleles, with the observed heterozygosity ranging between 0.30 and 0.91.

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