A microsatellite linkage map for Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar)

J Gilbey, E Verspoor, A McLay, D Houlihan

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A linkage map of the Atlantic salmon is described here consisting of 15 linkage groups containing 50 microsatellite loci with a 14 additional unlinked markers (including three allozymes). The map shows the largest sex-specific recombination rate differences so far found in any vertebrate species (3.92:1 female:male). Homologies with previous linkage mapping studies of Atlantic salmon and rainbow trout are described. An in silico search of the Genbank database carried out using the microsatellites used in the mapping process identified significant matches between the flanking regions of the microsatellite SS11 and the calcium-binding mitochondrial carrier protein, ‘Aralar1’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-105
Number of pages7
JournalAnimal Genetics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004


  • Aralar1
  • Atlantic salmon
  • linkage map
  • microsatellites
  • sex-specific recombination


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