, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 519-521
Date: 29 Jan 2011

Microsatellite loci for the plate-and-pillar coral, Porities rus.

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Little is known about species and population-level genetic relatedness for many reef building corals, despite their critical importance as the foundation of coral reef ecosystems. We report the isolation and characterization of seven polymorphic microsatellites from the plate-and-pillar coral, Porites rus. Across all loci, there was a maximum of 18 alleles for the 37 individuals tested. We also tested these primers on 12 other species of Porites. At least one locus amplified in most of the species. These markers should be useful in various genetic applications involving Porities spp.