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, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 605–607 | Cite as

New microsatellite markers for the assessment of fine-scale dispersal patterns in the endangered montane caddisfly Drusus discolor

  • Jutta Geismar
  • Jan Sauer
  • Peter Haase
  • Carsten NowakEmail author
Technical Note


We present a panel of variable microsatellite markers for the montane caddisfly Drusus discolor, a rare species that we use as a model for the assessment of climate change effects on the montane freshwater community. 454 sequencing technology was used in order to generate random sequence data. Of a total of 2,648 microsatellite-carrying fragments identified, 11 variable, reproducible markers were generated and tested on 41 individuals from two populations. Allelic diversity ranged from 3 to 10 alleles and heterozygosity values varied from 0 to 0.89 (H O) and 0.12 to 0.86 (H E). A cross-species test on four caddisfly species showed that a subset of markers amplifies in related taxa.


Short tandem repeats Landscape genetics Dispersal Aquatic insects Microsatellite development Montane biodiversity Global climate change 



We thank Steffen U. Pauls (Biodiversity and Climate Research Center) for providing samples for the cross-species test. Funding comes from the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (HA3431/4-1). Additional funding is provided by the research funding program Landes-Offensive zur Entwicklung Wissenschaftlich-ökonomischer Exzellenz (LOEWE) of Hesse’s Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and the Arts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jutta Geismar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jan Sauer
    • 1
  • Peter Haase
    • 1
    • 2
  • Carsten Nowak
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)Frankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Department of Limnology and ConservationSenckenberg Research Institutes and Natural History MuseumsGelnhausenGermany

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