Chromosome-level genome assembly and annotation of the Antarctica whitefin plunderfish Pogonophryne albipinna

Euna Jo, Soyun Choi, Seung Jae Lee, Jinmu Kim, Eun Kyung Choi, Minjoo Cho, Jangyeon Kim, Sangdeok Chung, Jaebong Lee, Jeong Hoon Kim, Hyun Park

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The Antarctic whitefin plunderfish Pogonophryne albipinna belongs to the family Artedidraconidae, a key component of Antarctic benthic ecosystems within the order Perciformes and the suborder Notothenioidei. While genome research on P. albipinna using short-read sequencing is available, high-quality genome assembly and annotation employing long-read sequencing have yet to be performed. This study presents a chromosome-scale genome assembly and annotation for P. albipinna, utilizing a combination of Illumina short-read, PacBio long-read, and Hi-C sequencing technologies. The resulting genome assembly spans approximately 1.07 Gb, with a longest scaffold measuring 59.39 Mb and an N50 length of 41.76 Mb. Of the 1,111 Hi-C scaffolds, 23 exceeded 10 Mb and were thus classified as chromosome-level. BUSCO completeness was assessed at 95.6%. The assembled genome comprises 50.68% repeat sequences, and a total of 31,128 protein-coding genes were predicted. This study will enhance our understanding of the genomic characteristics of cryonotothenioids and facilitate comparative analyses of their adaptation and evolution in extreme environments.

Original languageEnglish
Article number891
JournalScientific data
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023 Dec

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