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Data released on August 03, 2012



The genome of Darwin’s Finch (Geospiza fortis).

Parker, P; Li, B; Li, H; Wang, J (2012): The genome of Darwin’s Finch (Geospiza fortis). GigaScience. RIS BibTeX Text

The Medium Ground Finch Geospiza fortis, is one of species of finches first collected by Charles Darwin on the Galapagos islands, and is emblematic for its involvement in the development of evolutionary theory by Darwin and for confirming the action of natural selection. Also know as a Darwin finch, we have sequenced a female individual at 115X coverage of HiSeq data, and produced a high quality draft genome assembly. The genome size of Geospiza fortis is at about 1.07 Gb. The scaffold N50 size of this assembly is at about 5.2Mb and contig N50 size is about 30Kb. A total of 16,286 protein coding genes were annotated. As well as being a model for the study of evolutionary biology, the availability of this genome will also be helpful for the subsequent population studies of this species. As another songbird genome, this will allow researchers to validate the findings of vocal learning gene and behavior interaction that has been carried out in the previously studied zebra finch.

Accessions (data included in GigaDB):

BioProject: PRJNA156703

Accessions (data not in GigaDB):

SRA: SRA051234


The Avian Phylogenomic Project


Sample ID Taxonomic ID Common name Genbank name Scientific name Sample attributes
Geospiza fortis 48883 Darwin finch medium ground-finch Geospiza fortis

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File Name Sample ID File Type File Format Size Release Date


Readme TEXT 1 3 3950.39 KB 2012-08-03


Geospiza fortis Genome assembly FASTA 2 9 298053872284.25 MB 2012-08-03


Geospiza fortis Coding sequence FASTA 2 7 72659456.93 MB 2012-08-03


Geospiza fortis Protein sequence FASTA 2 7 48130824.59 MB 2012-08-03


Geospiza fortis Annotation GFF 2 7 17515821.67 MB 2012-08-03