We developed five degenerate primer pairs for the amplification and sequencing of two noncoding regions found in the mitochondrial genome of corals. These primers amplify products ranging from 380 to 950 bp, and work in a wide variety of scleractinian taxa from both the Pacific and Caribbean. Based on our initial analysis of ∼300 sequences from 13 scleractinian taxa, both these noncoding regions appear to have equivalent levels of variability to the most variable of previously published coral mitochondrial loci, but work in a wider variety of taxa. We believe these primers will be of use to coral biologists studying questions above the level of species; as with other mithochondrial DNA markers in corals, these loci will likely provide little resolution for within-species studies.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)