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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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