Conservation Genetics

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 639–641 | Cite as

Polymorphic microsatellite loci for the ant-garden ant, Crematogaster levior (Forel)

  • Warren Booth
  • Elsa Youngsteadt
  • Coby Schal
  • Edward L. Vargo
Technical Note

Abstract

Throughout Amazonia, the ant Crematogaster levior is known for its participation in a complex ant-garden mutualism with the ant Camponotus femoratus and several species of epiphytic plants for which it plays an important role in seed viability. We isolated nine polymorphic microsatellite loci for C. levior from a genomic library enriched for di-, tri-, and tetra-nucleotide repeats. Two to 14 alleles were detected per locus, with levels of observed heterozygosity ranging from 0.103 to 0.785.

Keywords

Crematogaster Formicidae Di-nucleotide microsatellite Tri-nucleotide microsatellite Tetra-nucleotide microsatellite 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Warren Booth
    • 1
  • Elsa Youngsteadt
    • 1
  • Coby Schal
    • 1
  • Edward L. Vargo
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Entomology and W. M. Keck Center for Behavioral BiologyNorth Carolina State UniversityRaleighUSA

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