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Novel polymorphic microsatellite markers developed for a common reef sponge, Stylissa carteri
Giles, E.C.; Saenz-Agudelo, P.; Berumen, M.L.; Ravasi, T. (2013). Novel polymorphic microsatellite markers developed for a common reef sponge, Stylissa carteri. Mar. Biodiv. 43(3): 237-241.
In: Marine Biodiversity. Springer: Heidelberg; Berlin. ISSN 1867-1616, more
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    Microsatellites; Population genetics; Sponges; Stylissa carteri (Dendy, 1889) [WoRMS]; Marine
Author keywords
    Connectivity; Stylissa carteri

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  • Giles, E.C.
  • Saenz-Agudelo, P.
  • Berumen, M.L.
  • Ravasi, T.

    Despite the ubiquitous role sponges play in reef ecosystem dynamics, little is known about population-level connectivity in these organisms. The general field of population genetics in sponges remains in its infancy. To date, microsatellite markers have only been developed for few sponge species and no sponge population genetics studies using microsatellites have been conducted in the Red Sea. Here, with the use of next-generation sequencing, we characterize 12 novel polymorphic loci for the common reef sponge, Stylissa carteri. The number of alleles per loci ranged between three and eight. Observed heterozygosity frequencies (Ho) ranged from 0.125 to 0.870, whereas expected (He) heterozygosity frequencies ranged from 0.119 to 0.812. Only one locus showed consistent deviations from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium (HWE) in both populations and two loci consistently showed the possible presence of null alleles. No significant linkage disequilibrium was detected for any pairs of loci. These microsatellites will be of use for numerous ecological studies focused on this common and abundant sponge.

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