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Keywords:

  • bottleneck;
  • cross-species-amplification;
  • DNA;
  • Hippocampus capensis;
  • Knysna seahorse;
  • microsatellites

Abstract

We report the isolation and characterization of 15 (12 di-, 1 tri- and 2 tetranucleotide) microsatellite markers from Hippocampus capensis, the Knysna seahorse. This marker set allows the detection of a genetic bottleneck as shown in a captive population. Furthermore, we test their genotyping potential in eight other seahorse taxa.