, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 567-570

Twenty-one novel tri- and tetranucleotide microsatellite loci for the Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica)

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Amur tiger is the largest subspecies of tiger in the world and his conservation has also received much attention. In this study, we isolated and characterized twenty-one tri- and tetranucleotide microsatellite markers from this species. The number of alleles for each locus ranged from two to nine in a group of 60 individuals and the observed and expected heterozygosities were 0.333–0.917 and 0.302–0.822, respectively. The overall discrimination power and exclusion probabilities in parentage and paternity testing for these markers were 1.00, 0.9947 and 0.9999, respectively, indicating high-resolution power of microsatellite markers.