Data released on May 12, 2014
The Speckled Mousebird (Colius striatus (Gmelin, 1789)) is the largest species of mousebird and named because of its overall mousey-brown colour. The bird can be found from Cameroon to Eritrea and Ethiopia, and southern South Africa. Described as a noisy creature, it is not however, known for its voice, and is a rather social bird often observed feeding in groups.
These data have been produced as part of the Avian Phylogenomic Project. DNA was collected from a male specimen at the Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark, tended to by Mads Bertelsen, now vouchered (138165) at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. We sequenced the genome to a depth of approximately 27X. The assembled scaffolds of high quality sequences total 1.08Gb, with the contig and scaffold N50 values of 18kb and 45kb respectively. We identified 13,538 protein-coding genes with a mean length of 12.4kb.
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