Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci from the coppertail skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus)


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We report on the isolation and characterization of eight microsatellite markers for the coppertail skink (Ctenotus taeniolatus). From a sample of 27 individuals, the number of alleles per locus ranged from seven to 13 and observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.714 to 0.818 and from 0.738 to 0.899, respectively. These loci will be used to assess anthropogenic disturbance on coppertail skink populations. These are the first microsatellites reported for the genus Ctenotus, despite being the most speciose genus of lizards in Australia.