, Volume 437, Issue 1, pp 133–137

A routine method of DNA-extraction from extremely small metazoans, e.g. single rotifer specimens for RAPD-PCR analyses

  • Christine Leutbecher

DOI: 10.1023/A:1026546705582

Cite this article as:
Leutbecher, C. Hydrobiologia (2000) 437: 133. doi:10.1023/A:1026546705582


A simple and efficient method has been developed for isolating genomic DNA from single specimens of extremely small metazoan animals, e.g. rotifers (Rotifera: Monogononta). The amount and quality of the extracted DNA allows the Random Amplified Polymorphic DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction (RAPD-PCR) to be employed with up to three random primers per specimen. Reproducibility of RAPD-fingerprints has been checked and verified. Exemplarily, RAPD patterns of three Brachionus species (B. angularis, B. calyciflorus, B. urceolaris) amplified with the primer OPA 07 are demonstrated.

DNA-isolationsingle specimen analysisRAPD-PCRrotifer

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christine Leutbecher
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  1. 1.Spezielle ZoologieUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückGermany