Eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for bottlenose dolphin and other cetacean species

Marthajane Caldwell, Michael Gaines, Colin R. Hughes

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Abstract

We developed eight polymorphic microsatellite loci that can be used to elucidate population structure and aid management of bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops truncatus, in the northwest Atlantic. These loci averaged nine alleles, with no evidence for null alleles. Their cross-species utility was examined in Cephalorhynchus commersonii, Delphinus delphis, Delphinapterus leucas, Eschrictius robustus, Globicephala macrorhynchus, Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, Orcinus orca, Steno bredanensis and Stenella clymene. On average, 75% of the loci were polymorphic in these species (range = 50-88%). Our results indicate that these loci will be useful for elucidating population structure of bottlenose dolphin as well as of other cetacean species.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-395
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

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Bottle-Nosed Dolphin
Dolphins
Tursiops truncatus
cetacean
dolphin
Microsatellite Repeats
microsatellite repeats
loci
population structure
Pilot Whales
Killer Whale
Common Dolphins
Beluga Whale
allele
Stenella
Alleles
Agoseris
Stenella (dolphin)
Lagenorhynchus
Delphinapterus leucas

Keywords

  • Cetacea
  • Microsatellite
  • Polymorphic
  • Tursiops

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology

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Eight polymorphic microsatellite loci for bottlenose dolphin and other cetacean species. / Caldwell, Marthajane; Gaines, Michael; Hughes, Colin R.

In: Molecular Ecology Notes, Vol. 2, No. 4, 01.12.2002, p. 393-395.

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