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Polymorphic microsatellite loci for studies of bronze-cuckoo species (Genus Chalcites: Aves)


G. J. Adcock, Fax: +61 26125 5573; E-mail:


A set of 17 microsatellite loci was shown to provide at least seven that were polymorphic in each of three bronze-cuckoo species (Chalcites basalis, C. lucidus and C. minutillus) representing the taxonomic range of this genus. This set includes nine newly isolated loci from genomic libraries constructed from C. basalis and C. lucidus. For these three species, each had seven or more polymorphic loci that showed no significant linkage or Hardy–Weinberg disequilibrium with more than five alleles (mean 7.6–12.1) and expected heterozygosity greater than 0.5 (mean 0.78–0.85).