Microsatellite loci for the progenetic trematode, Coitocaecum parvum (Opecoelidae)


Clément Lagrue, Fax: +64-3-479-7584; E-mail: lagcl981@student.otago.ac.nz


Nine polymorphic microsatellite loci were characterized from the freshwater trematode Coitocaecum parvum. This parasite can either reproduce sexually in the definitive host or produce eggs by selfing inside its second intermediate host. Two to 11 alleles per locus were detected in 24 trematode sporocysts and observed heterozygosities ranged from 0.04 to 0.96. These loci will be useful for identifying parasite genetic clones within hosts and testing for effects of relatedness on parasite life history strategy.