Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 177–180 | Cite as

First polymorphic microsatellites for the gyrodactylids (Monogenea), an important group of fish pathogens

  • Patrícia J. Faria
  • Colin M. Lazarus
  • Cock van Oosterhout
  • Phil D. Harris
  • Joanne CableEmail author
Technical Note


We describe the isolation of microsatellites from three monogenean flatworms (Gyrodactylus turnbulli, G. bullatarudis and G. salaris) which have utility for evolutionary studies and pathogen diagnosis. Six polymorphic loci (1–5 alleles each) were isolated from G. turnbulli and seven from G. bullatarudis; observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.05 to 0.46 and from 0.1 to 0.5, respectively. Only monomorphic loci were isolated in G. salaris. These microsatellites will be useful for determining the mechanism of gyrodactylid reproduction and understanding the role of these important pathogens in the evolutionary history of their fish hosts.


Gyrodactylid monogeneans Microsatellites 



Prof. Tor Bakke provided G. salaris, Anne Harasta and Marie Le Goff Vitry gave technical support. Project funded by the European Community Framework Programme 6 (MTKD-CT-2005-030018).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrícia J. Faria
    • 1
  • Colin M. Lazarus
    • 2
  • Cock van Oosterhout
    • 3
  • Phil D. Harris
    • 4
  • Joanne Cable
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.School of BiosciencesCardiff UniversityCardiffUK
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of BristolBristolUK
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesUniversity of HullHullUK
  4. 4.National Centre for Biosystematics, Natural History MuseumUniversity of OsloOsloNorway

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