Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 1055–1058 | Cite as

Development and characterization of ten microsatellite loci for the reef manta ray Manta alfredi

  • Tom Kashiwagi
  • Damien Broderick
  • Stacey L. Lance
  • Michael B. Bennett
  • Jennifer R. Ovenden
Technical Note


We isolated and characterised ten microsatellite loci from the reef manta ray, Manta alfredi. Loci were screened for 60 individuals from Japan. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 2 to 10 and observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.033 to 0.867. Cross-species amplification was successful in the sister species M. birostris (9/10 loci) and other mobulids, Mobula japanica (7/10), M. thurstoni (8/10) and M. tarapacana (5/10). These loci provide new tools for assessing population genetic structuring and genetic monitoring.


Manta alfredi Manta birostris Mobula japanica Mobula thurstoni Mobula tarapacana Mobulidae Microsatellites Effective population size Ne Sibship Parentage Population structure Reef manta ray Giant manta ray IUCN 



We sincerely thank Takashi Ito, Fumihiko Sato, Andrea Marshall and William White for tissue samples. We also thank Raewyn Street and Jess Morgan for laboratory and bioinformatics assistance. This work was funded by Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation Inc., the Queensland Government and The University of Queensland. All procedures were conducted in accordance to animal ethics approval certificate SBMS/206/11/ARC. Manuscript preparation was partially supported by the DOE under Award Number DE-FC09-07SR22506 to the University of Georgia Research Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tom Kashiwagi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Damien Broderick
    • 2
  • Stacey L. Lance
    • 3
  • Michael B. Bennett
    • 1
  • Jennifer R. Ovenden
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Biomedical SciencesThe University of QueenslandSt. LuciaAustralia
  2. 2.Molecular Fisheries LaboratoryQueensland GovernmentSt. LuciaAustralia
  3. 3.Savannah River Ecology LaboratoryUniversity of GeorgiaAikenUSA

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