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Parentage assignment using microsatellite DNA typing for the endangered numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus)

Spencer, P.B.S.ORCID: 0000-0002-4938-2615, McConnell, S., Prada, D. and Friend, J.A. (2019) Parentage assignment using microsatellite DNA typing for the endangered numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). Australian Mammalogy, 42 (2). pp. 240-243.

Link to Published Version: https://doi.org/10.1071/AM19046
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Abstract

The numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) is an endangered and peculiar marsupial with a diet that consists almost exclusively of termites. This study developed a parentage-testing system for numbats using microsatellite markers. Nineteen loci detected 143 alleles, with 4-13 alleles/locus and average expected heterozygosity of 77% (range 0.665-0.855). The total parentage exclusion probability was >0.9999 (given only the genotype of the offspring), >0.9999 for excluding a candidate parent from the parentage of an arbitrary offspring (given the genotype of the offspring and parent) and the probability of identity for full-sibs was 4.6 × 10-9. Overall, these microsatellites offer a simple and highly informative marker-set for parentage identification in numbats.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: Environmental and Conservation Sciences
Publisher: CSIRO
Copyright: © 2019 Australian Mammal Society
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/52604
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