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Isolation and characterization of 12 microsatellite loci in the Peruvian scallop Argopecten purpuratus and cross-species amplification in other scallop species (family Pectinidae)

Technical Note


Argopecten purpuratus is an economically important marine bivalve. Twelve microsatellite loci were isolated and characterized in 20 individuals of A. purpuratus collected in Isla Independencia (Pisco, Peru) and tested for cross-species amplification in other 4 scallops (family Pectinidae). Ten loci were polymorphic. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 2 to 13. The observed (H O) and expected (H E) heterozygosities ranged from 0.100 to 0.900 and from 0.185 to 0.903, respectively. Two loci showed significant deviation from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium. A low rate of cross-species amplification was found.


Argopecten purpuratus Pectinidae Microsatellites Genetic diversity 



We thank Ruben Alfaro (National University of Trujillo, Peru), Elmer Ramos (National University of San Marcos, Peru), Kazuo Inaba (University of Tsukuba) and Linsheng Song (Institute of Oceanology, China) for providing scallop samples and Takuma Ozaki and Aya Yamada (Hokkaido University) for their helpful advice.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Marín
    • 1
  • Takafumi Fujimoto
    • 1
  • Katsutoshi Arai
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Aquaculture Genetics and Genomics, Graduate School of Fisheries SciencesHokkaido UniversityHakodateJapan

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