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Eleven polymorphic microsatellite markers for paternity analysis in the pectoral sandpiper, Calidris melanotos

Authors

  • K. L. CARTER,

    1. Department Behavioural Ecology & Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Postfach 1564, D-82305 Starnberg (Seewiesen), Germany
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  • B. KEMPENAERS

    1. Department Behavioural Ecology & Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Postfach 1564, D-82305 Starnberg (Seewiesen), Germany
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B. Kempenaers, Fax: +49 8157932 400; E-mail: b.kempenaers@orn.mpg.de

Abstract

Eleven polymorphic microsatellite markers were isolated for the pectoral sandpiper, Calidris melanotos. The number of alleles observed in a sample of 149 presumably unrelated adults ranged from nine to 23 with an observed heterozygosity ranging from 0.79 to 0.92. The set of markers described here will prove useful for accurately determining paternity and therefore elucidate the hitherto unknown mating system of this species. We also report on cross-species amplification of these markers in the semipalmated sandpiper, Calidris pusilla.

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