Species in the genus Bathymodiolus are mytilid mussels found at deep-sea hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. Next-generation sequencing techniques were employed to identify eighteen unlinked polymorphic microsatellite loci for Bathymodiolus manusensis from Manus Basin in the western Pacific. Allele frequencies for eight loci conform to Hardy-Weinberg expectations and observed heterozygosities ranged from 0.04 to 0.90 (mean H O = 0.45, SD = 0.25). Ten of eighteen loci cross-amplified in Bathymodiolus heckerae from Atlantic seeps. Microsatellites developed for Bathymodiolus manusensis are being deployed to study connectivity among populations of this species colonizing geographically discrete back-arc basin vent systems.
- Back-arc basin
- Hydrothermal vent
- Mytilid mussel
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics