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Keywords:

  • Azteca;
  • Dolichoderinae;
  • microsatellites;
  • plant-ant relationship;
  • social insect

Abstract

Twelve microsatellite loci were isolated from the Peruvian tropical plant-ant, Azteca ulei cordiae (Hymenoptera: Dolichoderinae). High levels of within-population variation were observed at most loci, with number of alleles ranging from four to 18, and heterozygosity from 0.118 to 1 per population sample. Cross-species amplification of these loci was also successfully tested in several other species of the same ant genus Azteca.