Isolation and characterization of 17 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the kangaroo mouse, genus Microdipodops (Rodentia: Heteromyidae)
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We isolated and characterized 17 microsatellite loci from kangaroo mice, Microdipodops megacephalus and M. pallidus. Loci were screened in 24 individuals from 21 general localities across their distributional range in the Great Basin Desert. In total, the number of alleles per locus ranged from 4 to 16, observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.333 to 1, and the probability of identity values ranged from 0.013 to 1. These loci provide new tools for examining the biogeographic history and population dynamics of Microdipodops in the context of molecular ecology.
KeywordsMicrodipodops Kangaroo mouse Microsatellite PCR primers SSR STR
This work was supported in part by the Nevada Department of Wildlife (contract 08-15 to J.C.H). Animals collected for this study were treated in a humane manner following the procedures approved by the American Society of Mammalogists (Gannon et al., 2007) and Occidental College’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Manuscript preparation was partially supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number DE-FC09-07SR22506 to the University of Georgia Research Foundation.
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