Microsatellite markers for the whelk Buccinum undatum

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Type Article
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-362
Number of pages2
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Issue number2
Early online date28 Feb 2005
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005
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Five microsatellite loci are described for the commercially exploited marine gastropod, Buccinum undatum. Levels of polymorphism were variable with three to 19 alleles per locus and expected heterozygosities of 0.26-0.94 in 60 individuals of the population from which the loci were isolated. Homozygote excess at two of the loci might be attributable to null alleles, and these loci should not be used in, for example, parentage analysis. Nevertheless, because null allele frequencies can be estimated and their effects partitioned, all are useful markers for studies of population differentiation.


  • microsatellite, Buccinum undatum, primer