Twenty microsatellite loci for population and conservation genetic studies of the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)J. J. Austin A B G , L. Olivier A , D. Nankervis C , W. E. Brown D , M. G. Gardner E F and C. P. Burridge C
A Australian Centre for Ancient DNA, School of Earth and Environmental Sciences and Environment Institute, University of Adelaide, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia.
B Sciences Department, Museum Victoria, Carlton Gardens, Melbourne, Vic. 3001, Australia.
C School of Zoology, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 5, Hobart, Tas. 7001, Australia.
D Department of Primary Industry, Parks, Water and Environment, Hobart, Tas. 7001, Australia.
E School of Biological Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA 5042, Australia.
F Evolutionary Biology Unit, South Australian Museum, North Terrace, Adelaide, SA 5001, Australia.
G Corresponding author. Email: email@example.com
Australian Journal of Zoology 62(3) 235-237 https://doi.org/10.1071/ZO14030
Submitted: 7 May 2014 Accepted: 9 June 2014 Published: 30 June 2014
Twenty di- to pentanucleotide microsatellites are reported for the wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax), a large raptor from Australia, Tasmania, and New Guinea. These loci were tested for variation among 49 individuals. All loci are polymorphic with 2–14 alleles per locus, and observed heterozygosities ranged between 0.021 and 0.898. Genotype frequencies for all loci did not differ significantly from Hardy–Weinberg equilibrium and there was no evidence of linkage disequilibrium. These markers will be used to assess population structure and conservation genetics of this species, focusing on population differentiation and gene flow between Tasmanian and mainland populations and conservation genetics of the endangered Tasmanian population.
Additional keyword: raptor.
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