Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 315–318 | Cite as

Development and characterization of 21 polymorphic microsatellite markers for the barren-ground shrew, Sorex ugyunak (Mammalia: Sorcidae), through next-generation sequencing, and cross-species amplification in the masked shrew, S. cinereus

  • S. A. SonsthagenEmail author
  • G. K. Sage
  • M. Fowler
  • A. G. Hope
  • J. A. Cook
  • S. L. Talbot
Technical Note


We used next generation shotgun sequencing to develop 21 novel microsatellite markers for the barren-ground shrew (Sorex ugyunak), which were polymorphic among individuals from northern Alaska. The loci displayed moderate allelic diversity (averaging 6.81 alleles per locus) and heterozygosity (averaging 70 %). Two loci deviated from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) due to heterozygote deficiency. While the population did not deviate from HWE overall, it showed significant linkage disequilibrium suggesting this population is not in mutation-drift equilibrium. Nineteen of 21 loci were polymorphic in masked shrews (S. cinereus) from interior Alaska and exhibited linkage equilibrium and HWE overall. All loci yielded sufficient variability for use in population studies.


Microsatellite markers Next generation sequencing Population genetics Sorex cinereus Sorex ugyunak 



Support was provided by the US Geological Survey Alaska Science Center Changing Arctic Ecosystem and DOI on the Landscape initiatives, and NSF 0415668. The Museum of Southwestern Biology provided specimens. Mention of trade names or commercial products does not constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Sonsthagen
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. K. Sage
    • 1
  • M. Fowler
    • 1
  • A. G. Hope
    • 1
  • J. A. Cook
    • 2
  • S. L. Talbot
    • 1
  1. 1.US Geological Survey, Alaska Science CenterAnchorageUSA
  2. 2.Museum of Southwestern Biology and Department of BiologyUniversity of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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