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Mar Biotechnol (NY). 2001 May;3(3):275-80.

Polymorphisms of GA/GT microsatellite loci from Anguilla japonica.

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  • 1Department of Zoology, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10764, Taiwan.


Six novel microsatellite loci, containing (GA)(15\N17) or (GT)(10\N19) perfect tandem repeats, were isolated and characterized for the catadromous eel Anguilla japonica. The allelic size of the 6 loci ranged from 79 to 226 bp in length. All loci were polymorphic with a mean number of 14.7 alleles per locus and a mean heterozygosity of 0.67, suggesting higher polymorphism than that of freshwater and anadromous fishes, but lower than that of marine fishes. Genotype diversity of the 6 loci ranged from 0.22 to 0.61 with a mean value of approximately 0.5. Cross-species amplification showed that 5 of the 6 microsatellite primers proved to be useful in addressing questions of population genetics for all Anguilla species.

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