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A panel of microsatellite markers for genetic studies of European polecats (Mustela putorius) and ferrets (Mustela furo)

Costa, Mafalda, Fernandes, Carlos Alberto, Rodrigues, Mónica, Santos-Reis, Margarida and Bruford, Michael William ORCID: 2012. A panel of microsatellite markers for genetic studies of European polecats (Mustela putorius) and ferrets (Mustela furo). European Journal of Wildlife Research 58 (3) , pp. 629-633. 10.1007/s10344-012-0627-1

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We report a panel of 12 microsatellite markers, including nine novel polymorphic loci isolated in the European polecat and three loci previously developed in closely related species, for genetic studies of polecats and ferrets. We tested the panel at fine geographic scales in polecat and domestic ferret populations of Britain and Portugal and at a broad geographic scale, using 50 polecat samples from across Western Europe. At the fine geographic scales, we recorded one to five alleles per locus and observed and expected heterozygosities ranging from 0 to 0.80 and from 0 to 0.74, respectively. These values increased markedly in the European sample of polecats. No linkage disequilibrium was detected between any pair of loci and all genotypic frequencies complied with Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium expectations. The microsatellite panel allowed the molecular discrimination of polecats and domestic ferrets in Britain, where hybridisation between the two species has been documented. Thus, these loci may be useful not only in genetic studies of polecats and ferrets but also in studies to assess hybridisation between these two mustelid species.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Biosciences
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mustela putorius – Mustela furo – European polecat – Ferret – Microsatellites – Hybridisation
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 1612-4642
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2024 02:49

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