Isolation and characterization of thirty microsatellite loci for Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus L.)

Gudbjorg Olafsdottir*, Kristinn Olafsson, Sigurlaug Skirnisdottir, Gudmundur J. Oskarsson, Doreen Kohlbach, Helga Franklinsdottir, Cecilia Elisabeth Klitgaard Kvaavik, Renée Morneau, André Chevrier, Christophe Pampoulie, Sarah Helyar, Anna K. Danielsdottir

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Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus L.) is a widely distributed commercially important pelagic species. Little is known about the stock structure of this species, but it is thought to be undergoing a range extension due to environmental changes. Knowledge of the stock structure under these changing conditions is fundamental for effective management. In this paper, 30 highly polymorphic microsatellite loci developed with next generation sequencing are described. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 4 to 39 in two geographically distant populations, observed and expected heterozygosities ranged between 0. 370-0. 978 and 0. 426-0. 962, respectively. These loci are an important resource that will allow assessment of the current population genetic structure of this species, and enable monitoring of climate related changes in the species range and distribution. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-494
Number of pages4
JournalConservation Genetics Resources
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


  • Atlantic mackerel
  • Genotyping
  • Microsatellite
  • Next generation sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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