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Characterization of novel microsatellite loci in rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus) and amplification in closely related species in Gobioninae

Liao, Xiaolin, Wang, Dan, Yu, Xiaomu, Li, Weitao, Cheng, Lei, Wang, Jianwei, Tong, Jingou
Conservation genetics 2007 v.8 no.4 pp. 1003-1007
Gobiocypris rarus, alleles, genetic variation, genomic libraries, indigenous species, loci, microsatellite repeats, minnows, population structure, Yangtze River
Rare minnow (Gobiocypris rarus) is an endangered small fish endemic to upper reach of the Yangtze River. From a (GT)n enriched genomic library, 32 microsatellites were isolated and characterized. Nineteen of these loci were polymorphic in a test population with alleles ranging from 2-7, and observed and expected heterozygosities from zero to 0.8438, and 0.2679 to 0.8264, respectively. In the cross-species amplifications, 13 out of 19 polymorphic loci were found to be also polymorphic in at least one of the 7 closely related species of the subfamily Gobioninae. These polymorphic microsatellite loci should provide sufficient level of genetic diversity to evaluate the fine-scale population structure in rare minnow and its closely related species for the conservation purpose.