Isolation and characterisation of 17 microsatellite loci for the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax)

Marius Alexander Wenzel, L. M. I. Webster, G. Segelbacher, J. M. Reid, S. B. Piertney

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Abstract

We describe the isolation and characterisation of 17 microsatellite loci for the red-billed chough (Pyrrhocorax pyrrhocorax, Corvidae). Sixteen loci were polymorphic in 269 individuals from across Western Europe, with a mean allele number of 8.75 +/- A 3.73 SD. Observed (H-O) and expected (H-E) heterozygosity ranged from 0.11 to 0.71 and 0.15 to 0.70, respectively. No evidence was found for null-alleles or linkage-disequilibrium. Cross-species utility was tested on 15 Alpine choughs (Pyrrhocorax graculus) and five jackdaws (Corvus monedula). Sixteen loci amplified for Alpine chough and fifteen loci amplified for jackdaw, indicating useful application within and beyond the Pyrrhocorax genus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-740
Number of pages4
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Volume3
Issue number4
Early online date7 May 2011
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

Keywords

  • Chough
  • Corvidae
  • Population structure
  • Cross-species
  • Genetic diversity
  • Isle-of-Man
  • Availability
  • Populations
  • Software

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