Technical Note

Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 569-572

First online:

Novel microsatellite loci for winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectus americanus)

  • Shannon J. O’LearyAffiliated withSchool of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook University Email author 
  • , Kevin A. FeldheimAffiliated withPritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and Evolution, The Field Museum
  • , Demian D. ChapmanAffiliated withSchool of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Stony Brook UniversityInstitute of Ocean Conservation Science, Stony Brook University

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Since the 1980s, heavy exploitation has led to severe population declines in winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, a demersal flatfish inhabiting the inshore bays and estuaries of the Northwest Atlantic. Recent studies using a limited number of non-specific microsatellite loci have demonstrated fine-scale population structure. Here, we present 21 novel species-specific microsatellite loci to enhance studies of genetic diversity, population differentiation, effective population size and mating behavior of this important commercial species.


Flatfish Population genetics Population structure Genetic diversity