Microsatellites in the freshwater snail Bulinus globosus (Gastropoda : Planorbidae) from Zanzibar

A M Emery, N J Loxton, R Stothard, Catherine Sue Jones, J Spinks, J Llewellyn-Hughes, Leslie Robert Noble, D Rollinson

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Six microsatellite loci were isolated and characterized in Butinus globosus, a freshwater snail with a wide distribution throughout sub-Saharan Africa. Bulinus globosus is an intermediate host of Schistosoma haematobium, the causative agent of human urinary schistosomiasis. Microsatellites were tested using 32 snails from four populations collected from Pemba and Unguja islands of Zanzibar. The microsatellite loci displayed relatively low levels of variation, with between two and five alleles per locus. F-ST estimates indicate that gene flow is low, as has previously been suggested for other species of Bulinus.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)108-110
Number of pages3
JournalMolecular Ecology Notes
Issue number1
Early online date20 Jan 2003
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2003


  • Bulinus globosus
  • East Africa
  • freshwater snails
  • genetic markers
  • microsatellite
  • schistosomiasis
  • water snail


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