Twelve new microsatellite loci for the sulphur molly (Poecilia sulphuraria) and the related Atlantic molly (P. mexicana)
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- Slattery, P., Eschenbrenner, C., Arias-Rodriguez, L. et al. Conservation Genet Resour (2012) 4: 935. doi:10.1007/s12686-012-9677-7
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The recent discovery of a population of highly sulphide-adapted mollies in the sulphide springs of Ojos del Azufre ‘La Gloria’, in Chiapas, Mexico has prompted various questions concerning their potential evolutionary uniqueness. Because of their phenotypic similarity they have been linked to the endemic and highly endangered sulphur molly (Poecilia sulphuraria) from the Baños del Azufre, another sulphur-spring complex in the same river system. We developed twelve new microsatellite markers from 299 sequences that contained putative microsatellite motifs from a ‘next generation’ sequencing run and applied them to P. sulphuraria from ‘La Gloria’ and the Baños del Azufre and two clear-water populations of the closely related P. mexicana.