Characterization of polymorphic microsatellite DNA markers in the black-tailed godwit (Limosa limosa: Aves)

Yvonne I. Verkuil*, Krijn Trimbos, Oliver Haddrath, Allan J. Baker, Theunis Piersma

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We isolated and tested 16 microsatellite loci in black-tailed godwits from the Netherlands (Limosa limosa limosa), and from Australasia (subspecies melanuroides). One locus was monomorphic, two loci had null-alleles and one was significantly heterozygote deficient. The remaining 12 polymorphic loci had on average 7.9 alleles (range 5-11) and the mean expected heterozygosity was 0.69. No significant linkage disequilibrium between the loci was observed and all loci were autosomal. Fourteen loci were successfully cross-amplified in bar-tailed godwit (Limosa lapponica).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1415-1418
Number of pages4
JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Sep-2009


  • black-tailed godwit
  • ground-nesting shorebird
  • Limosa limosa
  • microsatellite
  • population genetics

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