Development of twenty-five polymorphic microsatellite markers for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis)
Twenty-five polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis). The number of alleles ranged from two to five and observed heterozygosities ranged from 0.036 to 0.750. These loci should be useful tools for conducting research towards the management and conservation of this species.
KeywordsMicrosatellite Red-cockaded woodpecker Picoides borealis
We thank Ralph Costa for assistance with obtaining red-cockaded tissue for library construction. We thank David Leonard for field assistance, Paul Ebersbach from the Natural Resources staff at APAFR for logistical support, and the US Department of Defense for funding to RB. We are grateful to our colleagues in the FNR genetics lab for their assistance and advice. Funding for this research was provided by Purdue University.
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