The Ecuadorian Hillstar Oreotrochilus
chimborazo is a high Andean hummingbird that inhabits paramo ecosystems
from extreme southern Colombia to southern Ecuador. The species is currently
divided into three subspecies that differ in morphology and geographic
distribution but no molecular differences have been found between them using
mitochondrial markers. The aim of this study was to isolate and test microsatellite
loci to further explore possible genetic variability between and within these
subspecies. Screening an enriched genomic library of O. chimborazo we obtained eleven polymorphic microsatellite loci. These
markers will be used to further elucidate evolutionary patterns in the species.
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