, Volume 10, Issue 5, pp 1449-1453
Date: 26 Nov 2008

Characterization of 26 microsatellite marker loci in the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

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The fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is one of eight carnivore species endemic to Madagascar. This species lives in the forests of Madagascar and is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN due to the loss and fragmentation of its natural habitat and the hunting pressure of local people. Twenty-six nuclear microsatellite loci were isolated from genomic DNA derived from a free-ranging fossa from Betampona, Madagascar. Population genetic parameters were estimated on 28 individuals from nine European zoos establishing a baseline to study the genetic health and diversity of captive fossas to support the European Breeding and Conservation Program (EEP). The marker suite averaged 4.4 alleles per locus with an average polymorphic information content of 0.478.