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Polymorphic microsatellite markers for the striped skunk, Mephitis mephitis, and other mephitids


Jerry W. Dragoo, UNM Biology Department, MSC032020, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, 87131-0001 NM, Mexico. Fax: (505)505277 0304; E-mail:


We report 10 polymorphic microsatellite loci primers developed for striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis), a widespread mesocarnivore in North America. Numbers of alleles in these loci ranged from seven to 14 and the observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.76 to 1.0. These primers will be useful for studying population dynamics of skunks where rabies is endemic and will be useful to estimate genetic relatedness among females sharing winter dens. Most of these primers amplify across species within the Mephitidae.