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, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 749–753 | Cite as

Characterization of thirty two microsatellite loci for three Atlanto-Mediterranean echinoderm species

  • Alex Garcia-Cisneros
  • Claudio Valero-Jiménez
  • Creu Palacín
  • Rocío Pérez-PortelaEmail author
Technical Note


Thirty two microsatellites were optimized from 454 pyrosequencing libraries for three Atlanto-Mediterranean echinoderms: Coscinasterias tenuispina, Echinaster sepositus and Arbacia lixula. We observed different frequency of microsatellite types (di-, tri-, tetra- and penta-nucleotide) throughout the genome of the species, but no significant differences were observed in allele richness among different microsatellite repeats. No loci showed linkage disequilibrium. Heterozygosity deficit and departure from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium were observed for some loci, in two species, probably due to high levels of inbreeding. Heterozygosity excess observed in C. tenuispina could be explained by selection against homozygotes and/or outcrossing.


Pyrosequencing Inbreeding Clonality Conservation Starfish Sea urchin 



This research was supported by a predoctoral FPI-MICINN fellowship to A.G.C (BES-2011-044154), the Spanish Government project CTM2010-22218-C02-02 and the European project 287844-COCONET (FP7/2007–2013).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alex Garcia-Cisneros
    • 1
  • Claudio Valero-Jiménez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Creu Palacín
    • 1
    • 3
  • Rocío Pérez-Portela
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Animal Biology (Invertebrates)University of BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Wageningen UniversityWageningenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Biodiversity Research Institute (IRBIO)BarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Center for Advanced studies of Blanes (CEAB-CSIC)GironaSpain

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