Identification and characterization of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for a member of the Herpestidae (Mungos mungo)

Waldick, R.C., Johnson, P.C.D. and Pemberton, J. (2003) Identification and characterization of 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for a member of the Herpestidae (Mungos mungo). Molecular Ecology Notes, 3(2), pp. 236-238. (doi:10.1046/j.1471-8286.2003.00409.x)

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Abstract

In most cooperative breeders, reproductive skew is high. However, in the banded mongoose, Mungos mungo, multiple females reproduce concurrently within a social group, indicating that skew is relatively low in this species. In order to evaluate the degree of reproductive skew in the banded mongoose, we identified 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci for parentage analysis. Markers were found to have low levels of variability in this cooperative breeder, and several loci were found to be polymorphic in another member of the Herpestidae, the slender-tailed meerkat (Suricata suricatta). For the banded mongoose, this suite of polymorphic loci provides a paternity exclusion of over 90%.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Johnson, Dr Paul
Authors: Waldick, R.C., Johnson, P.C.D., and Pemberton, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:Molecular Ecology Notes
ISSN:1471-8278
ISSN (Online):1471-8286
Published Online:04 March 2003

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