Ten polymorphic STR loci in the cosmopolitan reef coral, Pocillopora damicornis

Craig J. Starger, Sean S.R. Yeoh, Chang Feng Dai, Andrew C. Baker, Rob Desalle

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We report the development of 10 polymorphic molecular markers containing short tandem repeats in the cosmopolitan reef-building coral, Pocillopora damicornis, an important model species for coral health, physiology, ecology, and genetics. The availability of polymorphic DNA markers in P. damicornis can act as impetus for investigations into inheritance and population genetics, as well as novel investigations into host-symbiont ecology and evolution. Coral bleaching and gene flow studies performed with these markers can have direct conservation implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-621
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2008


  • Connectivity
  • Coral reef
  • Gene flow
  • Microsatellite
  • Population genetics
  • Scleractinia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Genetics


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