Ten microsatellite markers for the freshwater diatom Sellaphora capitata


Katharine M. Evans, Fax: +44-131-248-2901; E-mail: k.evans@rbge.ac.uk


Ten polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for the benthic freshwater diatom Sellaphora capitata and tested on 40 isolates from a Belgian pond. Genotyping was very successful (95%). The number of alleles per locus ranged from three to 12 (mean 6.6) and expected heterozygosities from 0.2 to 0.86 (mean 0.67). This is the first time that microsatellite markers have been developed for a freshwater or benthic diatom.