Isolation of polymorphic microsatellite markers in the new world honey ant Myrmecocystus mimicus

Daniel J.C. Kronauer, Jürgen Gadau

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Abstract

We present primer sequences for five polymorphic microsatellite loci in the honey ant Myrmecocystus mimicus. Microsatellite loci were isolated using a highly efficient enrichment procedure. The number of alleles ranged from three to eight with observed levels of heterozygosity ranging from 0.492 to 0.871. These markers were designed to study the population and colony kin structure of a honey ant species that has been shown to conduct intraspecific brood raids. We also report the applicability of these loci in a second honey ant species (Myrmecocystus depilis) and briefly assess the utility of our loci in more distantly related taxa.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)540-541
Number of pages2
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Volume2
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • Colony structure
  • Honey ant
  • Microsatellite
  • Myrmecocystus
  • Population structure
  • Raiding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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