• Tarof, Scott
  • Ratcliffe, Laurene M.
  • Boag, Peter T.


Least flycatchers (Empidonax minimus) are socially monogamous birds that form tight territorial aggregations on the breeding grounds. We designed five polymorphic microsatellite loci for assigning parentage to offspring within least flycatcher clusters. The number of alleles per locus ranged from 7 to 18. Mean polymorphic information content was 83.8%; the probability of exclusion with known maternal genotype was 0.999. These microsatellites are powerful DNA markers for identifying extra‐pair paternity in this species. Preliminary data also suggest that these loci may be useful for other members of this genus.



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