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Transferability of microsatellite loci from Cervidae species to the endangered Brazilian marsh deer, Blastocerus dichotomus
K.C.E. Leite1, R.G. Collevatti1, T.R. Menegasso2, W.M. Tomas3 and J.M.B. Duarte2
1Pós-Graduação em Ciências Genômicas e Biotecnologia,
Universidade Católica de Brasília, Brasília, DF, Brasil
2Núcleo de Pesquisa e Conservação de Cervídeos, Departamento de Zootecnia,
Faculdade de Ciências Agrárias e Veterinárias, Universidade Estadual Paulista,
Jaboticabal, SP, Brasil
3EMBRAPA, Centro de Pesquisa Agropecuária do Pantanal, Corumbá,
Mato Grosso do Sul, MS, Brasil
Corresponding author: R.G. Collevatti
E-mail: rosanegc@pos.ucb.br
Genet. Mol. Res. 6 (2): 325-330 (2007)
Received December 22, 2006
Accepted January 22, 2007
Published May 22, 2007

ABSTRACT. Blastocerus dichotomus, the marsh deer, is the largest Brazilian Cervidae species. The species is endangered because of hunting and loss of its natural habitat, i.e., flood plain areas, because of hydroelectric power station construction and agricultural land expansion. In the present study, we tested 38 microsatellite loci from four Cervidae species: Odocoileus virginianus (7), Rangifer tarandus (17), Capreolus capreolus (7), and Mazama bororo (7). Eleven loci showed clear amplification, opening a new perspective for the generation of fundamental population genetic data for devising conservation strategies for B. dichotomus.

Key words: Microsatellites, Cervidae, Transferability, Marsh deer, Blastocerus dichotomus

 

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