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ZUCOLOTO, Rodrigo Barban; VILLELA, Priscilla Marqui Schimidt; VERDADE, Luciano Martins  and  COUTINHO, Luiz Lehmann. Cross-species microsatellite amplification in South American Caimans (Caiman spp and Paleosuchus palpebrosus). Genet. Mol. Biol. [online]. 2006, vol.29, n.1, pp.75-78. ISSN 1678-4685.

Microsatellite DNA markers have been used to assess genetic diversity and to study ecological behavioral characteristics in animals. Although these markers are powerful tools, their development is labor intensive and costly. Thus, before new markers are developed it is important to prospect the use of markers from related species. In the present study we investigated the possibility of using microsatellite markers developed for Alligator mississipiensis and Caiman latirostris in South American crocodilians. Our results demonstrate the use of microsatellite markers for Paleosuchus palpebrosus, Caiman crocodilus and Caiman yacare.

Keywords : SSR; STR; primers; crocodilians; Alligatorinae.

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