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New polymorphic microsatellite loci for the Greek smooth newt, Lissotriton vulgaris graecus, and their utility in the nominotypical subspecies


Dr Konstantinos Sotiropoulos, Fax: +30 2107274249; E-mail:


Eight polymorphic microsatellites were isolated from the Greek smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris graecus) using a microsatellite enrichment protocol and selective hybridization with a biotinylated (AC)11 probe. The loci showed different variation patterns in a single breeding population (32 individuals) with mean number of alleles at 5.0 and mean observed heterozygosity at 0.520. The amplification success also in the nominotypical subspecies favours the use of these microsatellite loci in population genetic analyses as well as in the study of contact zones between smooth newt subspecies.