The marine phytoplankton, Karenia mikimotoi, causes severe red tides which are associated with mass mortality of marine fish, and have expanded their distributions in the coastal waters of western Japan. To assess the dispersal mechanism, a population genetic study using highly polymorphic genetic markers is one of the crucial approaches. Here we developed 12 polymorphic microsatellite markers from K. mikimotoi. These loci provide a class of highly variable genetic markers, as the number of alleles ranged from 5 to 23, and the estimate of gene diversity was from 0.551 to 0.933 across the 12 microsatellites. We consider these loci potentially useful for detailing the genetic structure and gene flow among K. mikimotoi populations.
- Karenia mikimotoi