Fourteen polymorphic microsatellite loci characterized in the house sparrow Passer domesticus (Passeridae, Aves)

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Simon C. Griffith, Deborah A. Dawson*, Henrik Jensen, Nancy Ockendon, Carolyn Greig, Karsten Neumann, Terry Burke

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We characterized 14 polymorphic microsatellite loci in the house sparrow Passer domesticus. Four loci were isolated from house sparrow genomic libraries and 10 loci were identified by testing 100 loci that had been originally isolated in other passerine species. Loci were characterized in 37-54 unrelated sparrows from British and Norwegian populations. Each locus displayed between two and 31 alleles, with the observed heterozygosity ranging between 0.30 and 0.91.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-336
Number of pages4
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes



  • Aves
  • Cross-species utility
  • House sparrow
  • Microsatellite
  • Passeridae
  • Passerine

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