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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(2), 2515-2520; doi:10.3390/ijms13022515

Isolation and Characterization of New Microsatellite Markers for the Invasive Softshell Clam, Mya arenaria (L.) (Bivalvia: Myidae)

1 Molecular Biology Department, “Grigore Antipa” National Museum of Natural History, Kiseleff Street, No 1, Bucharest 011341, Romania 2 Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bucharest, 91-95 Spl. Independentei, Bucharest 050095, Romania 3 Faculty of Biology, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, 22, Carol I Boulevard, Iaşi RO 700505, Romania
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Received: 19 January 2012 / Revised: 7 February 2012 / Accepted: 21 February 2012 / Published: 22 February 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics)
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The invasive softshell clam (Mya arenaria Linnaeus, 1758) is native to the northwestern region of the Atlantic Ocean. This species has been introduced in the northeast Pacific and along the European coasts, due to intense naval transports and aquaculture, and it is now present in all the European seas. In this paper we describe seven new microsatellite loci for Mya arenaria. The isolated loci are polymorphic with a number of alleles per locus between 6 and 14. The observed and expected heterozygosities ranged from 0.417 to 0.951, and from 0.643 to 0.895, with an average of 0.716 and 0.775, respectively. These microsatellite markers should be useful in analyzing this species’ genetic diversity, which could explain various processes of its invasion history.
Keywords: genetic diversity; invasive; population genetics; Black Sea genetic diversity; invasive; population genetics; Black Sea
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Krapal, A.-M.; Popa, O.P.; Iorgu, E.I.; Costache, M.; Popa, L.O. Isolation and Characterization of New Microsatellite Markers for the Invasive Softshell Clam, Mya arenaria (L.) (Bivalvia: Myidae). Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 2515-2520.

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