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Microsatellite primers for Australian recreationally and commercially important estuarine fishes

Authors

  • D. G. Roberts,

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    1. Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
    • Author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Tel.: +61 2 4221 4266; email: dgr@uow.edu.au

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  • C. A. Gray,

    1. Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
    2. NSW Department of Primary Industries, Cronulla Fisheries Research Centre, P. O. Box 21, Cronulla, NSW 2230, Australia
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  • D. J. Ayre

    1. Institute for Conservation Biology and Environmental Management, School of Biological Sciences, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW 2522, Australia
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Abstract

Eight primer sets that amplify microsatellite DNA loci were developed for the estuarine fishes, dusky flathead Platycephalus fuscus and sand whiting Sillago ciliata, which are targets of recreational and commercial fishers on the east coast of Australia. Surveys across these loci revealed remarkably similar levels of genetic diversity within samples of c. 22 P. fuscus and S. ciliata from each of the two estuaries. These loci will be useful in determining the genetic stock structure of these two species.

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