Characterization of 21 microsatellite loci from the invasive Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) Academic Article uri icon


  • It is crucial to understand the dispersal potential of invasive species to predict how biological invasions spread. Molecular data can provide unique insights into sources, routes, and mechanisms of invasion. Twenty-one microsatellite markers were developed for the Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus), a species native to southwest Asia that has successfully invaded much of the southern US. The loci were characterized with geckos collected from two locations at Texas A&M University. Eighteen of the 21 loci exhibited polymorphism (2-8 alleles/locus). Both gecko populations were in Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium. Our preliminary screen detected significant population structure at a small scale (650 m). Therefore, these markers will be useful to assess dispersal at varying geographic ranges. 2011 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Owusu, K. A., Detwiler, J. T., & Criscione, C. D.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Owusu, Kwadwo A||Detwiler, Jillian T||Criscione, Charles D

publication date

  • September 2012