Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 835–839 | Cite as

Development of polymorphic microsatellite loci for three species of vent-endemic megafauna from deep-sea hydrothermal vents in the Scotia Sea, Southern Ocean

  • C. N. Roterman
  • J. T. Copley
  • K. T. Linse
  • P. A. Tyler
  • A. D. Rogers
Technical Note

Abstract

Microsatellite loci have been developed for three undescribed species discovered at hydrothermal vents on the East Scotia Ridge (ESR) in the Southern Ocean: a yeti crab, Kiwa sp. (Kiwaidae), a species of peltospiroid gastropod and a vent limpet, Lepetodrilus sp. (Lepetodrilidae). Nine, twelve and fourteen loci were developed for the three species respectively, with two loci deviating significantly from Hardy–Weinberg expectations. Observed heterozygosity ranged from 0.08 to 1 (means of 0.62, 0.44 and 0.63 for the three species respectively). These loci are being used to determine connectivity between vents at the northern and southern end of the ESR and between the ESR and the Kemp Caldera, a submerged part of the South Sandwich Island chain. These data will be crucial in understanding the ecology of the first hydrothermal vent communities discovered in the Southern Ocean.

Keywords

Microsatellite Lepetodrilus Kiwa Peltospiridae Peltospirid Gigantopelta Hydrothermal vent Population genetics 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. N. Roterman
    • 1
  • J. T. Copley
    • 2
  • K. T. Linse
    • 3
  • P. A. Tyler
    • 2
  • A. D. Rogers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK
  2. 2.School of Ocean and Earth ScienceUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  3. 3.British Antarctic SurveyCambridgeUK

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