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Microsatellite loci for behavioural studies of rainbow bee-eaters (Merops ornatus: Aves)
- ADCOCK, G.J., HODGES, K., BOLAND, C.R.J., COCKBURN, A., EBERT, D., HEINSOHN, R.
- Molecular ecology notes 2006 v.6 no.3 pp. 734-736
- Merops, alleles, genomic libraries, heterozygosity, loci, microsatellite repeats
- A set of polymorphic microsatellite loci was identified for population and behavioural studies of the rainbow bee-eater (Merops ornatus). Eight loci were newly isolated from a rainbow bee-eater genomic library enriched for GA-containing repeats, and six loci from those previously reported for the European bee-eater (Merops apiaster). From these two sources, the seven most variable loci that amplified reliably were unlinked and in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, had five to 13 alleles (mean 7.7) and an expected heterozygosity of 0.60-0.86 (mean 0.73).