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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13(9), 12094-12099; doi:10.3390/ijms130912094

Microsatellite Markers for the Chameleon Grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis) (Orthoptera: Acrididae), an Australian Alpine Specialist

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Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW 2109, Australia
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CIRAD, UPR Bioagresseurs analyse et maîtrise du risque, F-34398 Montpellier, France
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Received: 4 September 2012 / Revised: 18 September 2012 / Accepted: 19 September 2012 / Published: 24 September 2012
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Abstract

A set of polymorphic loci was characterised using an enrichment library for the Australian alpine specialist, the chameleon grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis), an atypical grasshopper known for its remarkable temperature-controlled colour change. The number of alleles per locus ranged from three to 20 and observed heterozygosity from 0.16 to 0.76. These are the first microsatellite markers for a non-endangered Australian alpine animal and will inform questions of gene flow across the sky islands of this unique and threatened region.
Keywords: Australia; alpine; grasshopper; colour; color; thermoregulation; sexual selection; population genetics; conservation genetics; climate change; male competition Australia; alpine; grasshopper; colour; color; thermoregulation; sexual selection; population genetics; conservation genetics; climate change; male competition
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Umbers, K.D.L.; Dennison, S.; Manahan, C.A.; Blondin, L.; Pagés, C.; Risterucci, A.-M.; Chapuis, M.-P. Microsatellite Markers for the Chameleon Grasshopper (Kosciuscola tristis) (Orthoptera: Acrididae), an Australian Alpine Specialist. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2012, 13, 12094-12099.

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