Characterization of 38 microsatellite loci in the European blackbird, Turdus merula (Turdidae, AVES)

Michelle Simeoni, Deborah A. Dawson, Louise K. Gentle, Lisette Coiffait, Kirsten Wolff, Karl L. Evans, Kevin J. Gaston, Ben J. Hatchwell

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We characterized 38 microsatellite loci in the European blackbird, Turdus merula. Thirty-seven loci were identified by testing 242 loci that had been originally isolated in other avian species. One additional locus was isolated from a European blackbird genomic library. All loci were characterized in 20-29 blackbirds from a population in the Czech Republic and displayed between two and 16 alleles, with observed heterozygosity ranging from 0.04 to 1.00. Thirty-seven loci could be assigned a chromosome location in the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata) genome based on sequence homology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1520-1526
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Ecology Resources
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • AVES
  • Cross-species utility
  • European blackbird
  • Microsatellite
  • Passerine
  • Turdidae

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