Identification of seventeen microsatellite loci for conservation genetic studies of the endemic wrasse Coris bulbifrons

van der Meer, Martin H., Gardner, Michael G., Berumen, Michael L., Hobbs, Jean-Paul A., and Van Herwerden, Lynne (2013) Identification of seventeen microsatellite loci for conservation genetic studies of the endemic wrasse Coris bulbifrons. Conservation Genetics Resources, 5 (2). pp. 363-366.

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Abstract

Coral reefs around the world are in decline, in part due to various anthropogenic factors, including fishing pressure. Coris bulbifrons is a large wrasse endemic to only four oceanic locations off Australia's east coast: Middleton Reef, Elizabeth Reef, Lord Howe Island and Norfolk Island. The species is listed as vulnerable by the IUCN due to the potential threat of overfishing. Although these remote locations, some within Marine protected Areas, experience limited fishing pressure, populations may quickly decline with minimal fishing effort as seen in the overfishing of other large wrasses. We developed primers for 17 microsatellite loci to examine gene flow, population genetic structure, and genetic diversity within and among these four locations. Observed heterozygosities ranged 0.126–0.752 in 37 individuals from Lord Howe Island indicating that these loci will be useful in C. bulbifrons population genetic studies.

Item ID: 27464
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: coral reef fish, isolated islands, genetic diversity, Lord Howe Island
ISSN: 1877-7260
Funders: Lord Howe Island Board, Envirofund Australia (Natural Heritage Trust) , Lord Howe Island Marine Park
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 09:42
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060411 Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960808 Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 100%
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