Journal of Genetics

, Volume 97, Issue 5, pp 1179–1183 | Cite as

Isolation and characterization of microsatellite marker loci in the Wagner’s mustached bat Pteronotus psilotis (Chiroptera: Mormoopidae) and cross-amplification in other related species

  • A. Méndez-Rodríguez
  • R. López-WilchisEmail author
  • A. Serrato Díaz
  • J. Juste
  • M. A. Del Río-Portilla
  • L. M. Guevara-ChumaceroEmail author
Research Article


Pteronotus psilotis, a mormoopid bat, is an insectivorous, gregarious and strict cave-dwelling species that is found areas between the sea level and an elevation of about 1000 masl. This species is present in diverse habitats ranging from rain forest to dry deciduous forest. Nine microsatellite loci were developed for Wagner’s mustached bat, Pteronotus psilotis using the next-generation sequencing approach, and their utility for population genetics studies was assessed. All loci were polymorphic (7–15 alleles) and characterized in 30 individuals from three P. psilotis populations, with the levels of observed and expected heterozygosity ranging from 0.280 to 0.867 and 0.584 to 0.842, respectively. One locus showed significant departures from Hardy–Weinberg expectations after Bonferroni correction. Cross-amplification in 11 other bat species was tested, for which eight microsatellites were successfully amplified, and of these seven were polymorphic. The development of these new microsatellite loci will contribute to investigations of genetic population structure, genetic diversity and gene flow in P. psilotis populations, as well as in other closely related bat species.


microsatellites cross-amplification polymorphism Mormoopidae Pteronotus psilotis 



This work was developed in the Divisional Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa and was financially supported by CONACYT fellowships to RLW (CB-2009-01/128459) and LMGCH (CB-2014-01/243138).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Méndez-Rodríguez
    • 1
  • R. López-Wilchis
    • 1
    Email author
  • A. Serrato Díaz
    • 2
  • J. Juste
    • 3
    • 4
  • M. A. Del Río-Portilla
    • 5
  • L. M. Guevara-Chumacero
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Departamento de BiologíaUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana IztapalapaCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  2. 2.Departamento de HidrobiologíaUniversidad Autónoma Metropolitana IztapalapaCiudad de MéxicoMexico
  3. 3.Estación Biológica de Doñana, C.S.I.C.SevillaSpain
  4. 4.CIBER de Epidemiología y Salud Pública, CIBERESPMadridSpain
  5. 5.Departamento de AcuiculturaCentro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada, B.C.EnsenadaMexico

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