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Characterization of microsatellite loci in Brachyderes rugatus, the Canary Islands pine weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
- FORGIE, SHAUN A., GOODACRE, SARA L., TAYLOR, MARTIN I., EMERSON, BRENT C.
- Molecular ecology notes 2006 v.6 no.3 pp. 820-822
- Curculionidae, alleles, genetic markers, genetic variation, heterozygosity, linkage disequilibrium, loci, microsatellite repeats, Canary Islands
- The Canary Island pine weevil Brachyderes rugatus (Wollaston) consists of four allopatric subspecies that are thought to have arisen from several historic colonization events within the archipelago. We have isolated and optimized seven microsatellite loci from Brachyderes rugatus calvus from Gran Canaria. Six of these loci are polymorphic within B. rugatus (11-22 alleles per locus; heterozygosity between 0.43 and 0.84). There is no evidence for heterozygote deficit within populations or for linkage disequilibrium between pairs of loci. These molecular markers are likely to prove useful tools for quantifying the genetic variability of bottlenecked island populations.