Highly polymorphic microsatellite markers for the Mediterranean endemic fan mussel Pinna nobilis

M. González-Wangüemert*, J. Costa, L. Basso, C. M. Duarte, E. A. Serrão, I. Hendriks

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Pinna nobilis is an endemic bivalve of the Mediterranean Sea whose populations have decreased in the last decades due to human pressure; as a consequence, it was declared a protected species in 1992. Despite its conservation status, few genetic studies using mitochondrial markers have been published. We report on the isolation and development of 10 microsatellite loci for the fan mussel, Pinna nobilis. All loci (2 di-nucleotide, 5 tri-nucleotide, 2 tetra-nucleotide and 1 penta-nucleotide) are characterized by high levels of polymorphism in 76 individuals tested from two populations in the Balearic Islands (Spain, Western Mediterranean Sea). The number of alleles ranged from 4 to 24 and expected heterozygosity ranged from 0.4269 to 0.9400. These microsatellites could be very useful for the assessment of the genetic diversity and connectivity patterns of P. nobilis and the establishment of new conservation strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-35
Number of pages5
JournalMediterranean Marine Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2015


  • Connectivity
  • Conservation genetics
  • Mediterranean
  • Pinna nobilis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oceanography
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Aquatic Science


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