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The development and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the genus Melinaea (Nymphalidae, Ithomiini)

  • Melanie McClureEmail author
  • Mathieu Chouteau
  • Bernard Angers
  • Marianne Elias
Microsatellite Letters


Due to their preference for undisturbed habitats, the butterflies of the genus Melinaea are promising indicators of ecological conditions. Here we describe 12 polymorphic microsatellite markers, with 3–26 alleles per locus, an observed heterozygosity of 0.138–0.889, and an expected heterozygosity of 0.400–0.970. These markers will prove useful in investigating patterns of differentiation in this clade.


Aposematic Diversification Lepidoptera Mimicry Speciation 



This research was funded by le Fonds Québecois de la Recherche sur la Nature et les Technologies as a PDF award to M.M.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie McClure
    • 1
    Email author
  • Mathieu Chouteau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bernard Angers
    • 2
  • Marianne Elias
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut de Systématique, Évolution et Biodiversité, UMR 7205Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Biological SciencesUniversité de MontréalMontrealCanada

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