The first twelve novel unlinked polymorphic microsatellite DNA loci were isolated from the Mexican banded spring snail (Mexipyrgus churinceanus). Genetic variability of each locus was assessed using 25 individuals from a single population from Cuatro Ciénegas, Mexico. Mean observed heterozygosity varied from 0.14 to 0.92. The relatively high levels of detected polymorphism indicate that these markers will be useful for future population genetic studies of this Cuatro Ciénegas endemic species.
Cuatro Ciénegas Mexipyrgus churinceanus Microsatellites PCR Primers
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Our work was partially supported by the Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology Program at the University of New Orleans funded by the National Science Foundation. We thank the University of New Orleans, the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, and the University of Georgia for support. The study was conducted with permission from the Mexican government (Permiso de Pesca de Fomento 230401-613-03 and DAN 02939).
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