Date: 04 Aug 2013

Development of twenty microsatellite loci from the Tibetan ground tit (Parus humilis)

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Introduction

The Tibetan ground tit Parus humilis is a sexually monomorphic passerine bird endemic to the Tibetan plateau. It inhabits the alpine meadows at elevations of 2500–5500 m across the plateau. This species is particularly interesting for its phylogenetic position. It was initially assigned to the family Corvidae (crows and jays) based on lifestyle and morphology (Hume 1871), and recent evidence of nuclear and mitochondrial genes along with osteology suggested it to be a ground-adapted tit in the family Paridae (tits and chickadees) (James et al.2003). Moreover, the ground tits have also been explored with respect to phylogeography using mtDNA sequences (Yang et al.2006). In terms of social behaviour, this species is a socially monogamous, facultatively cooperative breeder (Du and Lu 2009; Lu et al.2011; Oh 2011), which is uncommon in high-altitude birds because most cooperative species occur in the tropical or southern temperate regions (Jetz and Rubenstein 2011). It has been ...

[Feng P., Yang G. and Lu X. 2013 Development of twenty microsatellite loci from the Tibetan ground tit (Parus humilis). J. Genet. 92, e68–e72. Online only: http://www.ias.ac.in/jgenet/OnlineResources/92/e68.pdf]