Title17 novel polymorphic microsatellite markers for the giant water bug, Abedus herberti (Belostomatidae)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsDaly-Engel, TS, Smith, RL, Finn, DS, Knoderbane, ME, Phillipsen, IC, Lytle, DA
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Type of ArticleJournal Article

The giant water bug (Abedus herberti) is a large flightless insect that is a keystone predator in aridland aquatic habitats. Extended droughts, possibly due to climate change and groundwater pumping, are causing once-perennial aquatic habitats to dry, resulting in serious conservation concern for some populations. A. herberti also exhibits exclusive male parental care, which has made it a model organism for studying mating systems evolution. Here we describe 17 novel polymorphic microsatellite loci developed for A. herberti. Number of alleles per locus ranged from 2 to 15, and average observed and expected heterozygosities were 0.579 and 0.697, respectively. These loci can successfully resolve both population genetic structure among sites separated by 3-100 km (F (ST) = 0.08-0.21, P

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