Microsatellite markers for the drought-resistant earthworm Hormogaster elisae


  • M. Novo and T. P. Velavan equally contributed to this work.

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We developed and characterized 10 highly polymorphic microsatellite loci from a simple sequence repeat-enriched genomic DNA library of the earthworm Hormogaster elisae. Characterization of these loci using 26 individuals revealed eight to 25 alleles per locus and high levels of heterozygosity. These loci will be used for paternity analysis and population genetic studies.