Microsatellite loci in the European bee-eater, Merops apiaster

K.K. Dasmahapatra, C.M. Lessells, A.C. Mateman, W. Amos

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    Twelve polymorphic microsatellite markers have been developed for the European bee-eater, Merops apiaster (Coraciiformes: Meropidae). Screening of eight individuals at these loci showed that the average allelic diversity was 5.8, with a range of two to 11 alleles per locus. The loci reported here will provide insight into the levels of extra-pair parentage, kin selection and dispersal in this species, which has co-operative breeding and nests in large colonies. [KEYWORDS: bee-eater Coraciiformes Meropidae Merops apiaster microsatellite]
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)500-502
    JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2004


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