Genetic diversity of the Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) population in Los Tuxtlas, Mexico, based on microsatellite markers



Palabras clave:

DNA, Population genetics, Mangrove, Bird of prey, Veracruz


The Common Black Hawk (Buteogallus anthracinus) is a raptor associated with wetlands. Many of its populations are in decline as a consequence of habitat loss and degradation. However, there are no published studies on the genetic
variation of their populations. We characterize for the first time the genetic  variation of a population of B. anthracinus in southern Veracruz, Mexico. We used feathers from 19 individuals to extract DNA and amplify and genotype 9
microsatellite loci. Samples were collected from nests (n = 4), at feeding sites (n = 5), and directly from chicks (n = 2), young individuals (n = 7), and 1 adult. Six out of 9 microsatellites were polymorphic and 3 monomorphic for this
population. The highest number of alleles (n = 7) was observed at the BswD107w, with an average of 4.2 alleles per polymorphic locus. Mean observed and expected heterozygosity were 0.41 and 0.53, respectively. These values are on the lower end of those found for other birds of prey, but there is no evidence of high levels of inbreeding in the population. The polymorphic microsatellite loci analyzed in this study provide a useful tool to continue characterizing the genetic variation of B. anthracinus populations and evaluate possible inter-population differences.

Biografía del autor/a

Héctor Hugo Barradas-García, Universidad Veracruzana

Biología de la Conducta, Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana

Jorge Éufrates Morales-Mávil, Universidad Veracruzana

Investigador Titular del Instituto de Neuroetología de la Universidad Veracruzana, Laboratorio Biología de la Conducta. Línea de investigación: Ecología y conducta de vertebrados silvestres.

María Raquel Marchán-Rivadeneira, University of Michigan

Research Lab. Technician

Ecology and Evolutionay Biology

University of Michigan

Liliana Cortés-Ortiz, University of Michigan

Research Associate Profesor

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

University of MIchigan


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