Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 569–572 | Cite as

Novel microsatellite loci for winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectus americanus)

  • Shannon J. O’LearyEmail author
  • Kevin A. Feldheim
  • Demian D. Chapman
Technical Note


Since the 1980s, heavy exploitation has led to severe population declines in winter flounder, Pseudopleuronectes americanus, a demersal flatfish inhabiting the inshore bays and estuaries of the Northwest Atlantic. Recent studies using a limited number of non-specific microsatellite loci have demonstrated fine-scale population structure. Here, we present 21 novel species-specific microsatellite loci to enhance studies of genetic diversity, population differentiation, effective population size and mating behavior of this important commercial species.


Flatfish Population genetics Population structure Genetic diversity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shannon J. O’Leary
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kevin A. Feldheim
    • 2
  • Demian D. Chapman
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Marine and Atmospheric ScienceStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.Pritzker Laboratory for Molecular Systematics and EvolutionThe Field MuseumChicagoUSA
  3. 3.Institute of Ocean Conservation ScienceStony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA

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