The common Chinese cuttlefish (Sepiella maindroni) is one of the popular edible cephalopod consumed across Asia. To facilitate the population genetic investigation of this species, we developed fourteen polymorphic microsatellite makers from expressed sequence tags of S. maindroni. The number of alleles at each locus ranged from 6 to 10 with an average of 7.9 alleles per locus. The ranges of observed and expected heterozygosity were from 0.615 to 0.962 and 0.685 to 0.888, respectively. Four loci were found deviated significantly from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium.
Fifteen new polymorphic microsatellite loci were developed for the cuttlefish Sepiella maindroni. In 32 individuals from a wild population of coastal Ningde, Fujian Province, China, the number of alleles at these loci varied between 2 and 12, with an average of 5.86. The mean observed and expected heterozygosities were 0.6917 and 0.5993, respectively. Among these polymorphic microsatellite loci, 4 (SM2, SM19, SM40, and SM81) significantly deviated from Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium after sequential Bonferroni's correction. All of them were in linkage equilibrium.