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Characterization of 18 microsatellite marker loci in the white-collared lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps)


The white-collared lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps) is found in southeastern Madagascar. This species is endangered due to the loss and fragmentation of its natural habitat and hunting. Eighteen nuclear microsatellite loci were isolated from genomic DNA derived from an animal from Mahabo Forest in Madagascar. Population genetic parameters were estimated from a population of white-collared lemur sampled at Vevembe Forest 7 years apart to evaluate the potential utility of this marker suite.

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We are grateful to CAFF/CORE for permission to conduct this research in Madagascar. The authors wish to acknowledge the generosity of Bill and Berniece Grewcock for their support of student interns. We thank the Theodore F. and Claire M. Hubbard Family Foundation for their support of the Henry Doorly Zoo/Madagascar Biodiversity and Biogeography Project. This project was aided by the support of the staff of the Institute for Conservation of Tropical Environments, Madagascar (ICTE-MICET). Research was also supported by grants from the NSF, Wenner-Gren, IIE Fulbright, the Ahmanson Foundation, and the University of Calgary.

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Tokiniaina, H., Bailey, C.A., Shore, G.D. et al. Characterization of 18 microsatellite marker loci in the white-collared lemur (Eulemur cinereiceps). Conserv Genet 10, 1459–1462 (2009).

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  • Genetic markers
  • White-collared lemur
  • Eulemur cinereiceps
  • Microsatellites