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, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 287–290 | Cite as

Development of 13 microsatellite loci in the spotted snow skink Niveoscincus ocellatus (Squamata: Scincidae)

  • JRP. Worth
  • CP. Burridge
  • GM. While
  • E. Wapstra
Technical Note


Thirteen polymorphic tri- and tetra-nucleotide microsatellites are reported for the spotted snow skink (Niveoscincus ocellatus) from Tasmania. Variation was assessed among 40 individuals collected from a single locality. Most loci had 12–19 alleles, although one had more than 20 alleles, while observed heterozygosities ranged between 0.25 and 0.93. Eleven loci were also polymorphic in the congeneric species N. metallicus (N = 16 collected from a single locality).


Niveoscincus ocellatus Niveoscincus metallicus Microsatellite Tasmanian spotted snow skink SSR Genome 



The Australian Research Council and the Hermon Slade Foundation provided financial support. Adam Smolenski, Natasha Wiggins and Ashley Edwards assisted during the early stages of the project. Electrophoresis was performed by AGRF (Adelaide), and microsatellite clones were developed by Genetic Identification Services (California).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • JRP. Worth
    • 1
  • CP. Burridge
    • 1
  • GM. While
    • 1
  • E. Wapstra
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Zoology, University of TasmaniaHobartAustralia

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