Conservation Genetics Resources

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 157–159 | Cite as

An evaluation of primers for microsatellite markers in Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao) and their performance in a Peruvian wild population

  • George OlahEmail author
  • Robert G. Heinsohn
  • Jose R. Espinoza
  • Donald J. Brightsmith
  • Rod Peakall
Microsatellite Letters


Primer pairs were designed for 41 di-nucleotide microsatellite loci identified from across the full genome of the Scarlet Macaw (Ara macao). We present the best 30 polymorphic loci with 5–22 alleles, 3–14 effective alleles and expected heterozygosities of 0.669–0.930. These markers will facilitate population genetic and conservation genetic studies on macaws.


Parrot Macaw Population genetics Conservation genetics Microsatellite 



This research was supported by funds from the Rufford Small Grant Foundation, Loro Parque Foundation, and The Australian National University. Thanks for technical support to Christine Hayes, Robyn Shaw, and Monica Ruibal. Samples were collected under research permits from the Servicio Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (SERNANP) in Peru.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Olah
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Robert G. Heinsohn
    • 1
  • Jose R. Espinoza
    • 3
  • Donald J. Brightsmith
    • 4
  • Rod Peakall
    • 2
  1. 1.Fenner School of Environment and SocietyThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Research School of BiologyThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  3. 3.Unidad de Biotecnología Molecular, Laboratorios de Investigación y Desarrollo (LID)Universidad Peruana Cayetano HerediaLimaPeru
  4. 4.Department of Veterinary Pathobiology, Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center, College of Veterinary MedicineTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA

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