Journal article

Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in a Neotropical ungulate, the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)

Anders Goncalves da Silva, Danielle R Lalonde, Michael A Russello

Conservation Genetics Resources | SPRINGER | Published : 2009


Eight loci were characterized in lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) from GT n enriched genomic libraries. In addition, variation at five previously isolated loci in Baird's tapir (T. bardii) was characterized in lowland tapir. Number of alleles per locus ranged from four to nine, with an average of 5.35 alleles/locus. Mean expected and observed heterozygosities (0.68 for both) were high, as was the power to distinguish between individuals (multilocus P ID = 7.9 × 10 -10). There was no evidence for linkage disequilibrium, however, two loci showed evidence of departure from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium, and two loci tested significantly for null alleles. The relatively recent divergence among ex..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Argentinean Ex Situ Tapir group and Viviana Quse for supplying the lowland tapir samples used in this study. This study was made possible by a grant from the Copenhagen Zoo (AGS) and a Martha Piper Research award (MAR).