I am currently working on a set of diversity, this diversity in interspecific (within the same genus). I am using SSR markers, the primers were designed on one species and are working really well within the species (lot of diversity and difference between allele of 1 at least).
When trying them on the other species, I observe the normal non-amplification which could be due to mutation in the primer DNA sequence. But, for some genotypes I have been observing a new allele just between the two older ones (like the new one is 185.5 and the olders were 185 and 186.
Is that kind of observation frequent when using primers designed on other species?
I understand how a 1 pb difference could occur
CACCACA, but what could the biological explanations be for a 0.5 pb difference between alleles?