Conservation Genetics

, 10:1545 | Cite as

Characterization of twenty-six polymorphic microsatellite markers for the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger) and their utility in gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) and red squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

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Twenty-six polymorphic microsatellite markers were developed for the fox squirrel (Sciurus niger). The number of alleles ranged from 2 to 11 and observed heterozygosities ranged from 0.037 to 0.815. Preliminary screening revealed that numerous loci also were polymorphic in other squirrel species: Sciurus carolinensis and Tamiasciurus hudsonicus. These loci should be useful tools for investigating the social structure, mating tactics and movement behavior of fox squirrels.


Fox squirrel Microsatellite Sciuridae Sciurus niger 



We thank Rob Swihart for assistance with obtaining fox squirrel tissues. We are grateful to our colleagues in the FNR genetics lab for their assistance and advice. Funding for this research was provided by the Wildlife Diversity Section of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Forestry and Natural ResourcesPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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