Isolation and characterization of SNP markers for African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus)

Christiaan Labuschagne, Desire Dalton, Antoinette Kotze

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We report the characterization of 30 new single
nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) markers for an endangered species, the African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus),
based on screening of a random genomic library. The
polymorphisms of these SNP loci were assessed using a
captive population comprising 34 individuals. The minor
allele frequency ranged from 2.17 to 42.65 and the
observed and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.1 to
0.6897 and from 0.0435 to 0.4965, respectively. None of
the loci deviated significantly from Hardy–Weinberg
equilibrium. These SNP markers will provide a necessary
addition to the genetic tools employed for understanding
population structure and for developing a conservation
management strategy for this endangered species.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1067-1069
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2012


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