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Mol Ecol Resour. 2008 Nov;8(6):1480-2. doi: 10.1111/j.1755-0998.2008.02292.x. Epub 2008 Aug 25.

Fourteen new di- and tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the critically endangered Indian tiger (Panthera tigris tigris).

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Unit of Evolutionary Biology/Systematic Zoology, Institute of Biochemistry and Biology, University of Potsdam, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24-25, Haus 26, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany, Wildlife Institute of India, Post Bag#18, Chandrabani, Dehradun, Uttaranchal 248001, India.


We describe 11 dinucleotide and three tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the critically endangered Indian tiger, Panthera tigris tigris. All of them were polymorphic with four to nine alleles per locus and an observed heterozygosity between 0.13 and 1.0. All primers also amplify microsatellite loci in leopard, Panthera pardus, and 12 primer pairs yielded reproducible results in domestic cat, Felis catus. These new microsatellites specifically developed for Indian tiger - in combination with those already available - comprise a reasonable number of loci to genetically analyse wild and captive populations of this illustrative species and might allow for recognition of individual tigers.

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