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A total of 15 polymorphic microsatellite loci were isolated from forest musk deer (Moschus berezovskii). These loci showed high levels of allelic diversity, presenting 6–14 alleles per locus in a group with 31 individuals. The mean observed and expected heterozygosities were 0.82 and 0.68, respectively. The average polymorphic information content value, cumulative discrimination power, overall probability of exclusion with both unknown parents or with only unknown sire for these markers were 0.78, 1.0, 0.9999 and 1.0, respectively, indicating that this suit of microsatellite loci would be a powerful tool for the genetic determination of the forest musk deer.