Technical Note

Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 677-679

Isolation and development of 15 new, polymorphic microsatellite loci for an unusual, endemic African earwig (Hemimerus vosseleri)

  • K. C. MurdochAffiliated withDepartment of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences, Roosevelt UniversityThe Field Museum
  • , J. D. KeyyuAffiliated withTanzania Wildlife Research Institute
  • , E. D. KarimuriboAffiliated withDepartment of Veterinary Medicine and Public Health, Sokoine University of Agriculture
  • , K. A. FeldheimAffiliated withThe Field Museum
  • , N. J. CordeiroAffiliated withDepartment of Biological, Chemical, and Physical Sciences, Roosevelt UniversityThe Field Museum Email author 

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Abstract

Eighteen microsatellite loci were isolated from the Hemimerus vosseleri earwig, an insect species endemic to the Eastern Arc Mountains, and that lives on African Giant Pouched Rat (Cricetomys gambianus). Alleles ranged between two and 12 per locus, with expected heterozygosity ranging from 0.185 to 0.883 and observed heterozygosity ranging from 0.200 to 0.750. Fifteen of 18 loci were polymorphic. These microsatellite markers will be used to study the population structure of Hemimerus vosseleri among different rat hosts, which will likely enhance the conservation of this unique and unusual rodent-insect partnership.

Keywords

Earwig Hemimerus vosseleri Microsatellite markers Mutualism Tanzania