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Conservation Genetics

, 10:1449 | Cite as

Characterization of 26 microsatellite marker loci in the fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox)

  • Barbara R. Vogler
  • Carolyn A. Bailey
  • Gary D. Shore
  • Susie M. McGuire
  • Shannon E. Engberg
  • Joerns Fickel
  • Edward E. LouisJr.
  • Rick A. Brenneman
Technical Note

Abstract

The fossa (Cryptoprocta ferox) is one of eight carnivore species endemic to Madagascar. This species lives in the forests of Madagascar and is classified as vulnerable by the IUCN due to the loss and fragmentation of its natural habitat and the hunting pressure of local people. Twenty-six nuclear microsatellite loci were isolated from genomic DNA derived from a free-ranging fossa from Betampona, Madagascar. Population genetic parameters were estimated on 28 individuals from nine European zoos establishing a baseline to study the genetic health and diversity of captive fossas to support the European Breeding and Conservation Program (EEP). The marker suite averaged 4.4 alleles per locus with an average polymorphic information content of 0.478.

Keywords

Genetic markers Fossa Cryptoprocta ferox Eupleridae Madagascar Microsatellites 

Notes

Acknowledgments

The authors wish to acknowledge the generosity of Bill and Berniece Grewcock for their support of student interns. This research was also supported by grants from the Ahmanson Foundation, which have provided the laboratory with three ABI automated DNA sequencers. We graciously thank the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation for their support of the Henry Doorly Zoo/Madagascar Biodiversity and Biogeography Project. We thank the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Fossa Fund (Zoo Duisburg) which supported the research stays of the author BRV. This project would not have been possible without the support of the zoos of Amsterdam (NL), Berlin (D), Bratislava (SL), Chemnitz (D), Colchester (UK), Duisburg (D), Frankfurt (D), Olomouc (CZ), Omaha (NE, USA) and Ustí nad Labem (CZ).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara R. Vogler
    • 1
  • Carolyn A. Bailey
    • 2
  • Gary D. Shore
    • 2
  • Susie M. McGuire
    • 2
  • Shannon E. Engberg
    • 2
  • Joerns Fickel
    • 1
  • Edward E. LouisJr.
    • 2
  • Rick A. Brenneman
    • 2
  1. 1.Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife ResearchBerlinGermany
  2. 2.Center for Conservation and Research, Henry Doorly ZooOmahaUSA

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