Novel microsatellite loci for winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectus americanus)


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.

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O’Leary, S.J., Feldheim, K.A. & Chapman, D.D. Novel microsatellite loci for winter flounder (Pseudopleuronectus americanus). Conservation Genet Resour 5, 569–572 (2013).

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  • Flatfish
  • Population genetics
  • Population structure
  • Genetic diversity