Characterization of 12 new microsatellite loci in Aenictus and Neivamyrmex army ants

Daniel J C Kronauer, Juergen Gadau, Jacobus J. Boomsma

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Abstract

Here we describe 12 polymorphic microsatellite loci that were cloned and characterized for three species of army ants: the North American Neivamyrmex nigrescens, and the Asian Aenictus laeviceps and Aenictus dentatus. Observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.37 to 0.97 (mean 0.70), and from 0.48 to 0.95 (mean 0.72), respectively. We observed 2-30 (mean 12) alleles per locus. These new genetic markers will be useful for studies of overall population structure and the complex pedigrees in colonies of army ants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-690
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2007

Keywords

  • Aenictinae
  • Colony fission
  • Ecitoninae
  • Formicidae
  • Hymenoptera
  • Polyandry

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Ecology
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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