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Mol Ecol Resour. 2009 Nov;9(6):1530-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2009.02710.x. Epub 2009 May 3.

Isolation and characterization of macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) microsatellite loci and their utility in other penguin species (Spheniscidae, AVES).

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  • 1Institute of Zoology, Regent's Park, London N12 4RY, UK NERC Molecular Genetics Facility, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2TN, UK British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Maddingley Road, Cambridge CB3 0ET, UK.


We report the characterization of 25 microsatellite loci isolated from the macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus). Thirteen loci were arranged into four multiplex sets for future genetic studies of macaroni penguin populations. All 25 loci were tested separately in each of four other penguin species [Adélie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae), chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarctica), gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis papua) and king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus)]. Between eight and 12 loci were polymorphic per species. These loci are expected to be useful for studies of population genetic structure in a range of penguin species.

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