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Anonymous nuclear markers for Malagasy plated lizards (Zonosaurus)


Brice P. Noonan, Fax: 662-915-5144; E-mail:


We report the development of 18, single-copy, anonymous nuclear loci from the Malagasy plated lizard Zonosaurus madagascariensis. More than 140 clones from a genomic library were examined and 38 potential loci tested across both closely and distantly related lizards. Of the 18 loci reported here, more than half (10) work in closely related zonosaurines although only one successfully amplified a homologous fragment in the distantly related iguanid (Oplurus). Sequences of these loci revealed a high frequency of single nucleotide polymorphisms, supporting previous reports of high levels of intraspecific variation in lizards.