, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp 23-26
Date: 18 Jul 2012

Tetranucleotide microsatellite loci from the critically endangered hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

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We describe isolation and characterization of 14 polymorphic tetranucleotide loci from the hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). We identified an average of 14.5 alleles per locus based on screening of 36 individuals captured on foraging grounds in Bocas del Toro Province, Panama, and 9.6 alleles in 13 individuals captured on foraging grounds in Bermuda. Observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.67 to 1.00, with a mean of 0.85 for the Panama foraging aggregation and 0.83 for the Bermuda foraging aggregation. This microsatellite suite has a combined non-exclusion probability of identity of 8.26 × 10–23. These markers should be informative in individual and population-focused analyses.