Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 569–572

Novel microsatellite loci for winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectus americanus)


    • School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceStony Brook University
  • Kevin A. Feldheim
    • Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and EvolutionThe Field Museum
  • Demian D. Chapman
    • School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceStony Brook University
    • Institute of Ocean Conservation ScienceStony Brook University
Technical Note

DOI: 10.1007/s12686-012-9854-8

Cite this article as:
O’Leary, S.J., Feldheim, K.A. & Chapman, D.D. Conservation Genet Resour (2013) 5: 569. doi:10.1007/s12686-012-9854-8


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.


FlatfishPopulation geneticsPopulation structureGenetic diversity

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