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Keywords:

  • Elapidae;
  • Laticauda;
  • microsatellite;
  • New Caledonia;
  • philopatry;
  • sea krait

Abstract

We report the development of 11 polymorphic microsatellite loci (three dinucleotides, one trinucleotide and seven tetranucleotides) that are useful for the detection of population subdivision and the study of philopatry, migration and mating biology in laticaudine sea kraits Laticauda saintgironsi and Laticauda laticaudata. Five loci are highly polymorphic and amplify reliably in both L. saintgironsi and L. laticaudata. An additional three are useful in L. saintgironsi and another three in L. laticaudata.