, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 563-565
Date: 25 Dec 2011

Characterization of 21 microsatellite loci from the invasive Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus)

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It is crucial to understand the dispersal potential of invasive species to predict how biological invasions spread. Molecular data can provide unique insights into sources, routes, and mechanisms of invasion. Twenty-one microsatellite markers were developed for the Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), a species native to southwest Asia that has successfully invaded much of the southern US. The loci were characterized with geckos collected from two locations at Texas A&M University. Eighteen of the 21 loci exhibited polymorphism (2–8 alleles/locus). Both gecko populations were in Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium. Our preliminary screen detected significant population structure at a small scale (650 m). Therefore, these markers will be useful to assess dispersal at varying geographic ranges.