Identification and characterization of microsatellite loci in the blue coral Heliopora coerulea (Alcynonaria: Coenothecalia)
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We isolated 11 polymorphic microsatellites from blue coral (Heliopora coerulea), whose conservation and management are of great concern. The number of alleles ranged from 3 to 20 with an average of 5.5, and the observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.115 to 0.833 and from 0.371 to 0.915, respectively. These loci are useful for conservation genetics in H. coerulea populations.
KeywordsCoral reef Genetic structure Heliopora coerulea SSR
This research has been financially supported by JSPS (The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science), Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research (A) (No.17206052) and Grant-in-Aid for Research Fellows (1700-8669).
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