Conservation Genetics

, Volume 9, Issue 5, pp 1349–1351 | Cite as

Polymorphic microsatellite markers for Philippine tarsiers (Tarsius syrichta)

  • Stefan Merker
  • Christine Driller
  • Irene Neri-Arboleda
  • Hans Zischler
Technical Note


This study reports the isolation and characterization of eight microsatellite markers for the study of Philippine tarsiers (Tarsius syrichta), small primates endemic to this Southeast Asian archipelago. The markers were used to screen 14 Tarsius syrichta for allelic diversity. This suite of highly polymorphic microsatellites provides the first chance to genetically study parentage and dispersal patterns in Philippine tarsiers.


Allelic diversity FTA Primates STR WGA 



We thank J. Brosius for providing muscle tissue of a Philippine tarsier and R. Zahner for his valuable help in the lab. This work was supported by the European Commission (project INPRIMAT, contract QLRT-2001-01325). A research grant from First Gen, Philippines, provided funds for field sampling and laboratory materials.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Merker
    • 1
  • Christine Driller
    • 1
  • Irene Neri-Arboleda
    • 2
  • Hans Zischler
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of AnthropologyJohannes-Gutenberg University MainzMainzGermany
  2. 2.Philippine Tarsier Foundation, Inc.CorellaPhilippines

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