Data released on May 05, 2014
The Little Egret (Egretta garzetta (Linnaeus, 1766)) is a small white heron. An adult's average size is 55–65 cm long with an 88–106 cm wingspan, and weighs 350–550 grams. Little egret's are mostly silent birds, but make various croaking and bubbling calls at their breeding colonies and produce a harsh alarm call when disturbed.
These data have been produced as part of a project on deciphering the genomics of near extinction events, with the egret as a control species for the Ibis. DNA from a male in the Southern Qinling Mountains, Yangxian County Reserve, China. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 74X with short reads from a series of libraries with various insert sizes (170bp, 500bp, 800bp, 2kb, 5kb, 10kb and 20kb).
The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.2 Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 24 kb and 3.1Mb respectively. We identified 16,585 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 18.6 kb.
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