Gonçalves da Silva, Anders;Lalonde, Danielle;Russello, Michael
Isolation and characterization of microsatellite loci in a Neotropical ungulate, the lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)
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Eight loci were characterized in lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris) from GTn enriched genomic libraries. In addition, variation at five previously isolated loci in Baird’s tapir (T. bardii) was characterized in lowland tapir. Number of alleles per locus ranged from four to nine, with an average of 5.35 alleles/locus. Mean expected and observed heterozygosities (0.68 for both) were high, as was the power to distinguish between individuals (multilocus P ID =7.9 × 10−10). There was no evidence for linkage disequilibrium, however, two loci showed evidence of departure from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium, and two loci tested significantly for null alleles. The relatively recent divergence among extant tapir species suggests that these loci have high potential for cross-amplification within Tapiridae.