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Microsatellite genotypes for desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) from scat (2016-2018)


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Mitelberg, A., Vandergast, A.G., Nussear, K.E., Dutcher, K., and Esque, T.C., 2019, Microsatellite genotypes for desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) from scat (2016-2018): U.S. Geological Survey data release,


These data show the multilocus genotypes, as well as extraction and sample genotype quality assessments for desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) scat samples. These data support the following publication: Mitelberg, A., Vandergast, A.G., Nussear, K.E., Dutcher, K. and Esque, T.C., 2019. Development of a Genotyping Protocol for Mojave Desert Tortoise Scat. Chelonian Conservation and Biology.


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Extraction Q scores and SQS status.csv 3.39 KB
Sample Q scores and SQS status.csv 1.51 KB
Multilocus genotypes for opportunistically collected G. agassizii scat samples that met SQS.csv 1.4 KB


These data were collected to determine whether reliable genotypes could be obtained from desert tortoise scat so that genotyping of field collected scat can complement existing methods used in long term demographic and movement studies of desert tortoises.


The authors of these data require that data users contact them regarding intended use and to assist with understanding limitations and interpretation. Unless otherwise stated, all data, metadata and related materials are considered to satisfy the quality standards relative to the purpose for which the data were collected. Although these data and associated metadata have been reviewed for accuracy and completeness and approved for release by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), no warranty expressed or implied is made regarding the display or utility of the data on any other system or for general or scientific purposes, nor shall the act of distribution constitute any such warranty. Any use of trade, firm, or product names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



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  • USGS Western Ecological Research Center



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DOI doi:10.5066/P9SNWMJY

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