Characterization of microsatellite loci in the primitive ant Nothomyrmecia macrops Clark

Sanetra, Matthias, and Crozier, Ross H. (2000) Characterization of microsatellite loci in the primitive ant Nothomyrmecia macrops Clark. Molecular Ecology, 9 (12). pp. 2169-2170.

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[Extract] Although a number of microsatellite loci have been isolated for some species of 'primitive ants' in the subfamily Ponerinae [e.g. Diacamma (Doums 1999), Gnamptogenys (Giraut et al. 1999)], the availability of genetic markers for the unique Australian ant Nothomyrmecia macrops has been poor. Of 16 allozyme loci studied by Ward & Taylor (1981) only one locus was polymorphic. Colonies appear to have low nestmate relatedness (Ward & Taylor 1981) but these estimates must be interpreted with caution because of limited sample size. N. macrops has great significance in evolutionary sociobiology because it possesses a relatively large proportion of ancestral characters (e.g. Taylor 1978). Thus, a more detailed knowledge of the genetics of this ant is desirable and will perhaps shed new light on a number of issues related to the evolution of eusociality in the Hymenoptera. In this paper we describe the isolation of variable microsatellite loci that can be used for precise colony- and population-level genetic analyses in Nothomyrmecia, and in the most closely related subfamily, the Myrmeciinae.

Item ID: 27470
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-294X
Keywords: microsatellites; Myrmecia; Nothomyrmecia macrops; primitive ants
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2013 02:05
FoR Codes: 06 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 0604 Genetics > 060499 Genetics not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970106 Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences @ 100%
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