Conservation Genetics

, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp 1013–1016 | Cite as

Isolation and characterisation of polymorphic microsatellite loci in the vulnerable spectacled flying fox, Pteropus conspicillatus

  • Samantha Fox
  • Michelle Waycott
  • Glenn Dunshea
Technical Note


The spectacled flying fox, Pteropus conspicillatus, is listed as vulnerable in Australia and is under threat from numerous impacts. Primers to amplify eight co-dominant microsatellite loci were designed for Pteropus conspicillatus, based on an enriched genomic library. Four loci were monomorphic in this species while the remaining four loci were highly polymorphic with 16–23 alleles. Two of the four monomorphic loci were found to be polymorphic in Pteropus alecto, a closely related congener. All but one of the six polymorphic loci were in Hardy Weinberg equilibrium. Additionally, six microsatellite loci isolated for Pteropus rodricensis were tested against individuals of P. conspicillatus with all loci amplifying reliably. These loci will be used to investigate population genetic structure in the vulnerable spectacled flying fox.


Microsatellites Flying fox Pteropodidae 



This work was funded by the Rainforest CRC, an ARC Linkage Grant, and Queensland Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samantha Fox
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michelle Waycott
    • 1
  • Glenn Dunshea
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Marine and Tropical BiologyJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia
  2. 2.School of Tropical Environment Studies and GeographyJames Cook UniversityTownsvilleAustralia

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