Advances in Sex Determination in Bats and its Utility in Wind-Wildlife Studies

Journal Article

Title: Advances in Sex Determination in Bats and its Utility in Wind-Wildlife Studies
Publication Date:
May 06, 2013
Journal: Molecular Ecology Resources
Volume: 13
Pages: 776-780
Publisher: Wiley
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Citation

Korstian, J.; Hale, A.; Bennett, V.; Williams, D. (2013). Advances in Sex Determination in Bats and its Utility in Wind-Wildlife Studies. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13, 776-780.
Abstract: 

We developed a simple and reliable genetic method to determine sex in bats from the Vespertilionidae and Molossidae families. Polymerase chain reaction was used to amplify a portion of the introns within the zinc-finger-X (Zfx) and zinc-finger-Y (Zfy) genes. We designed primers to produce size variation between the Zfx and Zfy products that could be visualized using gel electrophoresis. Using an example from our wind-wildlife research, we show how sex data generated using this method are superior to sex data based on external morphology. Our method allows for the generation of sex data across a wide range of bats that can be used to address key questions in wildlife forensics, behavioural ecology, conservation and evolutionary biology.

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