Biochemical Genetics

, Volume 29, Issue 7–8, pp 355–363 | Cite as

Conservation genetics of the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) II. Limited variability in minisatellite DNA sequences

  • A. C. Taylor
  • J. A. Marshall Graves
  • N. D. Murray
  • W. B. Sherwin


We have examined variability inTaqI andEcoRI restriction fragment sizes of DNA from the koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) using six HVR (hypervariable region) probes which reveal complex, individual-specific restriction patterns in humans and other species. Frequency of band-sharing among unrelated koalas was extremely high. This result is likely to be a consequence of the history of near-extinction and artificial recolonization of the populations we have studied, rather than a general marsupial or koala-wide phenomenon.

Key words

marsupial koala minisatellite DNA low variability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. C. Taylor
    • 1
  • J. A. Marshall Graves
    • 1
  • N. D. Murray
    • 1
  • W. B. Sherwin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Genetics and Human VariationLa Trobe UniversityBundooraAustralia

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